Mudcat Café message #1270293 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #73111   Message #1270293
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
12-Sep-04 - 04:35 PM
Thread Name: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Subject: RE: Is bluegrass an attitude?
And thank God, they aren't the only choices.

But I distinguish between the musician whose natural way of being, either because of their personality or from their cultural background, is to be extremely reserved and undemonstrative, even stone-faced, and the one who puts that kind of thing on as a front, when they aren't really like that at all. That is just another kind of play acting.

I suppose there are situations where play-acting is appropraite. For example when acting in a play, and on reflection there are probably types of singing where it is appropriate enough. But for me I have found that a central quality of what I look for in folk music is a kind of honesty and authenticity, with the song itself as the thing that really matters.