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Thread #98509   Message #1951212
Posted By: Scrump
29-Jan-07 - 10:19 AM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
No, it's just resting :-)

Interesting thread, George. I suppose the advent of sound recording means that, in theory, the folk process shouldn't occur any longer, because the 'proper' way a song should be sung (let's say by its writer, who has issued it on CD), will forever be available for anyone who wants to learn it. That means the process whereby the tune and even the words were altered by being passed from person to person in 'Chinese whispers' fashion, should no longer happen.

If anyone should change a tune or the lyrics of a song today, he or she will be pounced on for singing it 'wrongly'. This wouldn't have happened very often in the past, because there was usually nobody around who would have the authority to know if a singer had (intentionally or unknowingly) changed a song. Today, the 'definitive' version of the song is still available (e.g. on CD) for anyone to 'prove' how the song 'should' be sung.

(Sits back to await other responses!)