Mudcat Café message #2718768 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123472   Message #2718768
Posted By: Jack Campin
08-Sep-09 - 07:51 AM
Thread Name: The Folk Process
Subject: RE: The Folk Process
some people have a need to put down borders and definitions to everything. What is Folk, what is traditional, etc, etc? If you don't recognise it when you hear it....

That's not quite what's going on. The idea of valuing variation by a community as a creative form is alien to the world of MCPS-enforced copyrighted popular music (and of mainstream art music until quite recently). Saying that there is something distinctive about music that's been through some such intervention is a step towards recognizing the artistic creativity of people who are marginalized by the commercial music market. As far as the pop industry is concerned, those drug-culture parodies of "American Pie" and playground versions of "I Love You" are just plain wrong. (Ultimately the reason the industry tries to enforce a perception of them as wrong is simply that they can't collect payment for them). As far as we pompous authoritarian folk police are concerned, they're a fucking gas.

It goes further than freedom of expression. It's about listening to what is expressed in creative impulses that are beyond the policed and standardized world of the market, and valuing it.