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Thread #166098   Message #3991259
Posted By: punkfolkrocker
07-May-19 - 09:23 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
"Are you coming out tonight to see that new band all the music media are raving about..
There's a party for them after, we'll get in with the sound crew.
Btw, we're thinking of driving down to the coast tomorrow.
That nudey beach the arty farty student girls sunbathe at.
Are you up for that as well..???
"

"Sorry mates, can't do any of it...
I've got to stay in all weekend reading bloody Macbeth again,
writing a 4000 word essay on it for Monday morning..
bollocks.. bollocks.. bollocks..
Don't have too much fun without me you jammy bastards...
"

Shakespeare in the 21st Century...


At worst, Folk music can be a bit like that..
Ballads as badges of middle class peer group status, elitism and superiority...
Unenjoyable but good for showing you conform to expected 'higher' standards
that set you apart from the lower masses...

Posh grub that tastes like shite,
but one must pretend to have an enthusiatic palate for...

Folk ballads, the oysters of song entertainment...

...But that's exagerating the worst function of ballads in our modern culture...

Some working class folk genuinely do enjoy the flavour of oysters...

Likewise, Jim and others do make a positive case for continuing to value and apreciate ballads as expresssions of folk art,
all can enjoy with the right positive motivation...


As I said earlier, for me the music arrangement of a song is usually more important than the words.
Especially when the words and singer are the weakest link in a good ensemble performance / recording...

However, I did study English Lit and Poetry..
So I'm not completely indifferent to expertly crafted song writing..

Ivor Biggun for instance...