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Thread #114984   Message #2461776
Posted By: Piers Plowman
10-Oct-08 - 02:53 AM
Thread Name: BBC TV Guitar Series
Subject: RE: BBC TV Guitar Series
I wrote:
"The a-capella singing on the radio usually isn't traditional music (folk or otherwise)."

Well, they might be traditional songs, but sung by professional singers. Not that this sort of music gets much airplay, nowadays.

It's a difficult question, Pip Radish. Sometimes it can be very moving, so I should have put what I said more carefully. I would certainly never perform a song unaccompanied, but then I don't have the voice for it. When they were collected, the collectors (one hopes) were looking for authenticity rather than entertainment. I suppose it comes down to what it means to be "interested" as opposed to "entertained". I think that's one of those questions that lead to the ultimate question underlying all life, as Ted Greene put it.