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fogie cd's will be history (20) RE: cd's will be history 19 Dec 03

All the good times are past and gone for recordings of folk?
I really dont want to be pretentiously philosophical about music, but we can't make people like what we like, and my tastes have become more complex over time. I've now come to the conclusion that there isnt much out there that is innovative enough to spend precious time searching for. If it's that good I'll hear about it sooner or later.
Thats not to say that the performers out there arent committed or skilled, but rarely do new CDs remain on the player for long because in most cases hope outweighs performance. I still play, but have no illusions about others wanting to keep recordings of my work. We appeal to our peers do we not ,they are the ones who can appreciate us in the context of time .We may have missed our chances to influence a younger generation but we still have our friends
I remain grateful for all the groundbreaking recordings that influenced me, and changed my ideas about music when I was younger,that is, in the UK, Shirley Collins, Martin Carthy, Steeleye and Fairport and so on, and I don't want to evolve into someone ,who like Bowie or Madonna takes bold new directions,to be popular, because I dont on the whole like what they do.
I hope to continue to love the past music I set my heart on and I occasionally find a whole new stash of music that comes from other parts of the world - for example what I have been playing more than anything else over the last 3 years is Gallician music (sort of continental celtic) and early recordings of Jazz. Prior to that I was immersed in anglo-french music. These new directions come by chance ,from programs on radio, or friends , or Mudcat suggestions. I then explore the music on the internet if I can find it.
My biggest satisfaction comes from letting others hear this new stuff, and to continue to expand the boundaries of my playing abilities. Most CDs I now order from the net. I dont understand MP3 yet, I'd be surprised if my sort of music is on MP3 anyway.
God knows how Carthy et al. manage to keep their enthusiasm about their oevre over decades! I have the advantage of not having to make money from an art form, and feel happy following whatever direction my musical heart falls for at any particular time. I say it's mine and others loss if they dont like any particular sort of music, and am happy for what there is, and when it comes.

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