Mudcat Café message #2606354 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119969   Message #2606354
Posted By: theleveller
07-Apr-09 - 07:09 AM
Thread Name: love the young people writing folk
Subject: RE: love the young people writing folk
"I don't think talking about how good a bunch of other singers are is going to help her either. "

On the contrary, I think singer/songwriters learn more from listening to other people than in any other way - I know I still do. Isn't that what you meant by "But good art does that - draws influences from many cultural wellsprings and creates something new from them."

If you can't judge the standard of what you produce against others, you are simply living in a vacuum. People will always have differing opinions of your stuff so, unless you're just going to perform in your bedroom, get used to it. Trying to wrap an aspiring young artist in cotton wool is the worst thing you can do if you want her to develop and reach her full potential. Like I said, she is good - now where does she want to go from here?