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Posted By: John P
22-Mar-09 - 06:18 PM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
What's wrong with calling it contemporary acoustic music? What's wrong with calling it singer/songwriter music? What's wrong with just calling it music, for those who are pissed off by definitions?

Folk music that has come into being by way of the folk process is a different genre of music than composed music. Why are so many people so intent on calling both genres by the same name? I'm a big fan of inclusiveness and personal taste in music making, but not in definition making.

What would you all suggest that I call the music I play? "Folk" is meaningless; someone might think I'm going to do an acoustic Neil Young set. I've been told that "traditional" should also include singer/songwriters, since there is a "tradition" of songwriting. Besides, so many people hear the word "traditional" and think "boring".

All you folks that are saying definitions are stupid: fine! Stop using them. Stop calling modern composed music folk music, if you don't think definitions are important. Or is it just that you like the term folk music, and want it to mean whatever kind of music you like to listen to?