> From: Jim Carroll <[log in to unmask]>
>Quoting from a letter to the times-
> "Many musicians, young and senior, are affected by this trend -now dubbed ≥the
> modern tempo≤ - <<<
Dubbed that by whom?......him? What a crock of shite! (they wouldn't print
that for me in The Times). Musicians have been playing fast for years,
indeed the hell for leather rhythm that seems to almost run ahead and behind
itself is/was a feature of some of the finest Donegal players. I would
suggest that the tempo at which modern ITM is played at is the least of it's
worries! Is a bit of accentuation or a gloriously free approach to phrasing
and accent too much to ask for ( cue the great Danny Mehan!). Listen to the
earliest recordings of the music and tell me there aren't a slew of them
playing as fast as bejaysus.
> Traditional music is thriving and constantly evolving within its own idiom, I
> believe. The tradition does not need to fuse in a voguish way with other music
> forms, supposedly to maintain its credibility, and it must be respected and
> protected from intrusive soundscapes of percussion - the ≥big sound≤ mentality
> - that stifle melody and pathos.
> Yours. etc.,
It is being respected and protected by certain individuals. Not by law,
legislation or shady institutions. Maybe the writer could have went a bit
further and suggested how to promote such understanding as befits the music
besides the usual "If I were president of the world..." and we all know
where that one ends up....
The point on 'intrusive soundscapes' does not warrant the burning of ALL
accompanying instruments (I just forked out a sizeable sum for 2 union pipe
regulators and a set of drones for example, expensive firewood but sonorous
all the same), unless of course you are zealously in the "down with this
sort of thing" camp and are therefore some sort of genius that hasn't been
understood yet by the great unwashed.
I would agree though that there is a distinct imbalance in favour of heavy
bass and chord arrangement in band formats as there has been since the 78
era, but simply telling people not to do it will prove counter productive.
I have noticed a recent trend back to older styles and players, possibly a
protein movement within my own generation in Ireland- in fact a letter to
The Times reporting that might actually do something useful if I was that
way inclined, even if it only cheers somebody up.... ah, to hell with it, I
like hearing people croak on about these thing too much.