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Thread #98509   Message #2281501
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
06-Mar-08 - 04:00 PM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
Remember the old story about the rumor that starts at one end of a line of people and, by the time it has been passed completely around the group, is almost unrecognizable to the originator? The "process" is not exactly like that, but certainly related to it.

Everyone who sees or hears a piece of music passes it through their own filter of experience and taste, no two being alike. Performing it adds another element. Then, one adds a verse here, a slight change of a chord or a melody line there, and what comes out is "processed."

The point is, there is no possibility of absolute purity or fidelity to an original, given time and human nature. We hope to preserve the essence, but we inevitably change what we touch. I don't happen to think it's good or bad, just inevitable.