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Thread #166098   Message #3991731
Posted By: Andy7
10-May-19 - 06:22 PM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
"People left because they were no longer being given what they were looking for"

There's something I don't understand here.

When I was younger, I was a member of, and active campaigner for, a certain political party. (I won't say which one, except to say that it cared quite a lot about the environment.)

During those years, I spent endless hours walking the streets knocking on doors, especially at election time; engaging in many interesting conversations, and trying to persuade people to consider our point of view.

And it used to annoy me no end, when I heard people whining, "That Labour/Conservative/LibDem Party obviously doesn't care much about my vote, none of them has even knocked on my door!"

"Well, if you think that people knocking on doors and sharing their opinions is important," I used to say, "Join whichever political party you do support, and go knocking on some doors yourself!"

The same with folk music. Was there really such a steady stream of people leaving folk clubs, saying, "Oh no, oh dear, no one cares about folk music any more," without any of them ever thinking of putting in the work to set up a new folk club themselves, for the kind of music that they, and apparently so many other people, loved, but which was no longer available in the existing clubs?

"People left because they were no longer being given what they were looking for"

... they were no longer 'being given' it. Interesting choice of words. But none of them could ever do anything themselves, to solve that easily solved problem?