Mudcat Café message #2284555 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #98509   Message #2284555
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
10-Mar-08 - 03:06 PM
Thread Name: Folk Process - is it dead?
Subject: RE: Folk Process - is it dead?
No I'm not. I think you have to be into what Martin does to follow what I'm saying. I have the greatest respect for him.

Joan Baez in her versions usually works to a 4/4 rhythm - which most people are used to listening to. Martin points out that the originals weren't like that. And it matters a lot to him. that's why he has devised the technique that he has.

I think the Baez originals are easier to listen to for the non adventurous listener. You have to respect what someone like Martin sees as the essence of the piece. You could talk about the strange rhythm he uses for Byker Hill, those sort of hesitations in The New deserter. have you heard these things and never wondered or asked him, or yourself about them.

He has a profound respect for the people who sang these songs originally. Usually old people, often gypsies - people not really plugged into the mainstream of everyday culture that most of us live in the midst of.

My own feeling is that I'm glad I learned High Germany in singing together. You obviously have your own opinions - but I'm entitled to mine. I'm sure your ideas aren't balls - neither are mine.