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Thread #138735   Message #3179709
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
01-Jul-11 - 10:27 AM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
Musical process isn't entropy; despite it's essential fluidity, its prime motivation is human genius without which there would be no music anyway. It's always a matter of creativity, of building, working, of taking something and making it one's own - be it a Purcell hornpipe or a Young Marble Giants song (we're currently working on The Man Amplifier for banjo & fiddle, purely for personal pleasure) or else making something new, but never out of nothing, because Tradition resides in the genre of the thing, and never is anything entirely new. Precedence is always part of due process & it's laughable when anyone things they're doing anything new with any form of music, much less thinking that fusing Zydeco with Chris Spedding (was that right Brian? I think it was you mentioned that...) is breaking new ground.

One of my Folk Passions is breaking old ground, so much of which just comes natural anyway; like baking bread and roasting chickens in the fine old style. For sure, I'm no purist in this, but in a world of constant flux, I feel it's healthy to remain suspicious of Faux Progress. It's like moving into an old Victorian house and getting rid of all the modernisations of the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s - bricking up the uniquitous arch, knowing that the next people will just knock it through again, which is, of course, entirely up to them. In my younger, healthier days, I'd like nothing finer to spend a day laying a hedge. Even now I might look at some recent efforts at hedgelaying and shudder, but hey, that's just me; no perfectionist either mind, just when it comes to Craft, and Music, it takes more than just a bill-hook or an old concertina. There's tradition right there...