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BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians

The Pooka 05 Jul 02 - 08:52 PM
Celtic Soul 05 Jul 02 - 10:41 PM
Nigel Parsons 06 Jul 02 - 06:36 PM
GUEST,guest...tarheel 06 Jul 02 - 08:08 PM
The Pooka 06 Jul 02 - 08:24 PM
GUEST 07 Jul 02 - 06:08 PM
Nigel Parsons 07 Jul 02 - 07:57 PM
Don Firth 07 Jul 02 - 10:46 PM
Mr Happy 08 Jul 02 - 04:24 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: The Pooka
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 08:52 PM

"How to define a musician? I can (just about) play a penny whistle... My sole claim is that I think I'm a musician, with 'Voice' as my instrument." Hey! I'm a musician too then!! Thanks Nigel Parsons. Seriously. And thanks for the Robert A. Heinlein quote too. A great writer & a wise man.

I've no idea how many, but surely some of us are just interested "fans" -- audience -- who like both the Music threads and the Other threads too. The Mudcat makes us feel welcome. / Provided we don't act like morons. / Well. Not *too* often anyway.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 10:41 PM

"Pretending It's A Serious Question", part the third...or fourth, or whatever.

I am a semi-professional musician. I have been performing in some fashion or another for 25 years. I have nearly a 3 octave range, create my own harmony lines, and play bodhran well enough to not get stoned to death. However, my knowledge of music is 99% intuitive. I do not read music, but (if I have heard the tune) I can follow written music passibly well. I could not tell you the particular history of many if any of the songs we do. My group does include someone who could. Most of what I do here is surf the forum for new material and learn from the threads that do have informative posts. Occasionally (and compared to the overall time I spend here, it is only *occasionally*) I post myself. I think there are likely folks here who are *not* "musicians" (in the strictist sense of the word)...who do *not* earn any money at it, or who do *not* consider themselves good enough to perform on a stage, who could trample my sorry butt into the dirt with the amount of knowledge they possess. Thing is, this is not a music hall. It is an internet forum with the theme of "Music". It is *about* music...it is not "music". You can hear music.

As for the rest...If I don't want to read it, I don't read it. Simple as that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 06:36 PM

Pooka: my quote was wrong. I said "IIRC R A Heinlein" I've been corrected via PM that it was Arthur C Clarke, so I checked, and we were both wrong, It was Theodore Sturgeon. But at least I qualified mine with that 'IIRC'

Nigel


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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: GUEST,guest...tarheel
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 08:08 PM

no doubt about it...it's a chastroom here...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: The Pooka
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 08:24 PM

A *chasteroom*? Hm. Who knew? (OK, so I stuck in the "e". Sorry.)

Nigel, thanks fer the correction, and the correction of the correction! Hey, Heinlein sounded good to me. (Who knew?) Yes, your citation was properly qualified. Well, Theodore Sturgeon, he's nice too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 06:08 PM

Because if most Mudcatters were musicians, this forum wouldn't exist. Think about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 07:57 PM

I think 'Guest' may have it wrong. Most 'Catters are musicians, some are performing, some are appreciating.
Not withstanding my earlier comments, I Do consider myself a 'musician' although my main instrument is 'voice', I have a fairly catholic knowledge of songs and of music.
I feel this is the opposite of the classic 'Marx' quote: "I wouldn't wish to belong to any club which would have me as a member'." The wish to be a 'Catter shows sufficient interest in the genre to identify someone as a musician. Even if the person "Couldn't carry a tune in a bucket" This is only my personal opinion!!!

Nigel


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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: Don Firth
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 10:46 PM

I don't think GUEST quite grasps the idea. For all the BS threads, Mudcat and DT are fantastic resources. If I'd had access to resources like this back in the Fifties, I could have Ruled The World! (But then, of course, so could everyone else.) Nevertheless, if one is interested in just goofin', one can do it here. It's kind of a fun place. If one is interested in some pretty heavy scholarship involving folk music, music in general, or a variety of other subjects, this is a pretty good place to start. If someone can't tell you exactly what you want to know, they can usually point a direction in which to look, complete with links. Lots of very knowledgeable people hang out here.

Trash Mudcat all you want if that's how you get your giggles, but I'm in it for the long haul.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
From: Mr Happy
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 04:24 AM

to all respondents of revived thread,

i didn't appreciate it was a nasty flame thread & i've no wish to be a disruptive element on mc.

i hang my head & offer abject apologies for any offence caused.


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