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GUEST,the old pooperoo Emotion 'junkies' (76* d) RE: Emotion 'junkies' 01 Oct 03

Amos: i agree with you that there is nothing better than listening to real people, amateur or professional, singing about their own lives, or passing on good old songs to the rest of us, in a natural and upretentious way, especially in a small venue. these are the performers i seek out at the festivals, and they can be hard to find. what i dislike is urban white-collar people preaching in songs, belaboring themes that we all agree with anyway, and doing it badly, and especially when they write in the persona of someone whose experiences they couldnt possibly understand -- a first world war soldier, for instance. these performers seem to be the most popular with the "folk" crowd. also popular are performers who take simple folk-type material and work it up till it is unbearably slick -- a folk act. i wont mention names, but i have a big star or two in mind. why should folk music have stars anyway? and big stages with huge amplifiers and vast crowds? the whole concept seems paradoxical and contradictory, and i think the term "folk" should be dropped, except in reference to actual folkloric material. my favorite venue is a campfire. thanks for recommending the thread. i'll have a look at it. all the best, the old pooperoo

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