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Thread #119547   Message #2596868
Posted By: GUEST, Sminky
25-Mar-09 - 08:18 AM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Yes, John from Kemsing, the creation of the songs you mentioned is the continuation of a long tradition. Whether they stand the test of time, of course, is another matter.

The will o' the wisperers will say "Yes, of course they can become folk songs, how strange you asked. Look - it says so in the definition".

BUT (and here's the rub) the archaic oral process these songs have to undergo first, in order to satisfy the 'definition', are next to impossible nowadays due to advances in technology never dreamed about by the - now non-existent - IFMC back in 1954. And the will o' the wisperers know that perfectly well.

So, they will say YES, but actually they mean NO.

They'll tell you "You just want anything you happen to like to be called a folk song". What they mean is that they don't want anything they don't happen to like to be called a folk song. And that means just about anything 'new'.

Mercifully for all of us, it will be the generations of the future who will ultimately decide. And I have every faith in them.