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Thread #73111   Message #1266469
Posted By: JennyO
07-Sep-04 - 10:37 PM
Thread Name: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Subject: RE: Is bluegrass an attitude?
We have a very good bluegrass group here in Oz called the Sommers Family. It includes a couple of adults and several children, all of them extremely talented. One really brilliant player in the group is a young teenage girl who plays the banjo. The music just tumbles amazingly out of that banjo, but, like the others in the group, she stands there, statue-like, looking off into the distance, as if she was bored - the only discernible muscle movement being in her fingers. When they sing, they cluster around one microphone, and the harmonies, although tight, are sung in a nasal drawl.

It seems to me to be a carefully calculated style that many bluegrass groups adopt. Yes, maybe the idea is that we should concentrate on the music, but this lot manage to look so supremely BORED, that I actually find it distracting. I just can't imagine having the willpower to play music that is so lively-sounding without moving to the beat or tapping the foot or something, but then that's just me.