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Thread #98509   Message #1953809
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
31-Jan-07 - 03:12 PM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
I'd take it "how I lived, and my parents" would be primarily about 20th Century life rather than 21st century life.

More modern songs sometimes can be misplaced in time by peoplem hearingnwhat they expect to hear. I remember one time when I sang a song of mine about growing up in the war and its aftermath, and a man conme up afterwards sayingt he'd liked it - and the going in to say "there's some great songs about teh Furst World War". And that's true, and I was flattered that he thought to rank mine as one of them - but the war I'd been singing about was the Second Wolrd War.

There are great songs about the Second World War, and the wars we've had since and are having now, and about life "between the wars", to quote Billy Bragg (and people always think that song of his just means the 20s and 30s, which is another example of how songs can get misplaced in time).