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Thread #98509   Message #1953471
Posted By: Mooh
31-Jan-07 - 09:16 AM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
Short answer...No.

Even if armageddon nearly destroys everything but some part of folk is rediscovered by some distant future archeologist and revived, the folk process continues. It can be stopped and restarted because of our obsession with preservation by recording everything in every possible way.

It is not dead now because folks everywhere are still passing culture around. I do it, my friends do it, and there are fantastic networks of folks doing it online, offline, in jams, lessons, gigs, sessions, and in media. It's old-fashioned and new-fangled all at once.

Last summer I participated in teaching children a song while playing on a beach in a way which could have been done since the dawn of music. I knew the song from having been taught by my parents decades ago in the same rural area. Last week I participated in learning a song with the band with the aid of the internet. It's fast and ignores geography, but it's the folk process.

The folk process isn't just old, it's new, now, current, and future. It doesn't die.

Folk is dead they say, long live folk.

Peace, Mooh.