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Thread #119490   Message #2591970
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
18-Mar-09 - 02:58 PM
Thread Name: What makes it a Folk Song?
Subject: RE: What makes it a Folk Song?
"I suppose it's only "wilful stupidity" if you ignore the so-called 1954 definition of what is a "folk" song.1954 was 1954, we're now in 2009."

It occurs to me that the word 'book' means the same today, in 2009, as it did in 1954 - or do we have to re-define every word in the dictionary because most of them were coined in the past? How old does a word or term have to be for it to become out-dated?

Just because 'now', in 2009, you happen to like rock or pop music, 'Rifleman' (and are probably not very keen on folk songs) doesn't automatically turn the music that you like into 'folk music'.