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Thread #23396   Message #259594
Posted By: Callie
17-Jul-00 - 07:48 PM
Thread Name: Folksongs that will pass for 'Pop'
Subject: RE: Folksongs that will pass for 'Pop'
Wow - I never picked up on that. Our school orchestra played a piece we all hated called "Sacred Head Ill Used". Didn't know it was Bark, OR later Paul Simon!!

I never really get the folk/pop distinction. A lot of it is in the performance/arrangement/context of the song, isn't it?

Is Jackson Browne folk or pop? Is Elvis Costello music folk when it's just me strumming a guitar and singing? Why are the Indigo Girls considered folk but not Joni Mitchell? Why is Kristina Olsen considered folk?

I guess these are just rhetorical questions to illustrate how murky these definitions can be.