Mudcat Café message #2823646 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126872   Message #2823646
Posted By: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
28-Jan-10 - 12:23 PM
Thread Name: EFDSS cock-up
Subject: RE: EFDSS cock-up
"Although I am a keen audio archivist (and the director of a vast audio archive), I think that audio recordings as a source often tend to set the songs in stone far more than written sources. Listening to the young performers in particular, you can often tell which recording they've learned from. When they've worked from texts and picked and mixed and found a nice tune and put it all together, the freshness shows."

And that's great John, but not all of us get blessed with a middle-class education where learning music is deemed worthwhile. I'm teaching myself to read music in my thirties, purely so I can gain access to traditional songs. The majority of real people are musically illiterate, and as one of the unwashed illiterate myself I really like the idea of an online 'echo' or nod to the oral tradition for ordinary folk who might just fancy learning a song or two from their home county.