Kerry Devine, obviously a lover of celtic music, wrote:
>(P.S. Martin (Maime) Hadden, Silly Wizard's bassist is unquestionably one
>of the greatest electric bass players in the world, and a wonderful person
>and musician. I *strongly* disagree with anyone who demeans his role....
Kerry, I agree that Hadden is a fine electric bass player. I'm not talking
about musical ability here, but about taste.
For example, what he does on Miss Shepherd is *not* to my taste. IMO, celtic
reels are so inherently rhythmic that, when they are played by a brilliant
fiddler like JC, they need no accompaniment of any kind. They need no pianos,
no guitars, no sythesizers, no electric basses. Maybe a bodhran. Maybe unison
instruments. But rhythmic accompaniment makes them sluggish (to me, that is).
My last two postings have been requests for listening suggestions. I don't
want to post such requests without telling people what my tastes are. You may
not be aware that in Canada CDs cost just under $25. After two kinds of taxes
are added, they cost almost $30. I don't like to spend that kind of money for
CDs that I listen to only once.
I know that I express myself strongly--I have strong feelings about music. So
do you, apparently.
At the risk of offending even more people, let me try an analogy from classical
music (perhaps more neutral territory). A number of years ago I spent a great
deal of money and made a 500-mile round trip to hear Yehudi Menuhin. Half of
his concert was music by Eastern European composers. The music of Eastern
European composers is not to my taste: to me it is ponderous, depressing, etc.
So for me the concert was a failure.
Am I saying I don't like the violin? No. Am I saying I don't like Yehudi
Menuhin? No. Am I saying I don't like Eastern Europe or Eastern Europeans?
No. I'm saying that Eastern European music is not to my taste.
Now, who have I offended, besides lovers of Eastern European music? Oh, I
know, Canadian CD salesmen. And KELLER@LUNDY, my countryperson, who wants this
discussion to stop.
BTW, I'd *still* like listening advice. Perhaps by private e-mail?
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