LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 16.5

Help for IRTRAD-L Archives


IRTRAD-L Archives

IRTRAD-L Archives


IRTRAD-L@LISTSERV.HEANET.IE


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

IRTRAD-L Home

IRTRAD-L Home

IRTRAD-L  November 1998

IRTRAD-L November 1998

Subject:

Re: Chris Abell whistles

From:

Stuart Hall <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Irish Traditional Music List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 1 Nov 1998 16:04:49 -0600

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (65 lines)

>Lots of love lavished on Abell whistles here, by valuable list members,
>most of them American:
>
> [snip]
>
>        Which makes me cranky, because I don't like Abells, or Thin
>Weasels, or
>any of the wishy washy woody whistles with a poot poot tone.  I don't like
>playing them myself and I'm not crazy about them in others' hands, either.

You know, that's great and all, but what exactly is wrong with people
(Americans, mostly) saying they like these whistles?  What part of it
matters that they're mostly American?  There are more Irish in the United
States than in Ireland; just because someone was born and raised in the Old
Country doesn't mean his or her opinion about anything is MORE than an
opinion.

Basic communication guidelines.  If you want people to care about what you
say, say it in a nice way.  Lucky for you, the Internet for all its glory
strips you of any and all accountability for what you or anyone else says.
So, people who don't have the sense God gave a donkey can say things like
"Look at how snooty I am, I make fun of people who use the word Celtic because
my understanding of English syntax and semantics and Irish music transcends
yours," "Abell whistles sound like farts and suck no matter who plays
them," without fearing the clop in the chops they'd get in Ireland or Boston
or even Berlin if such things were said in person.  So, proverbial pea-
brained 100# weaklings can puff up their egos by writing totally insensitive
crap and fear no genuine repercussions.

Some people think we should all be playing Generations.  Some think we should
all have sterling-silver Copelands.  I can understand both views; some think
that part of the charm of the instrument is the fact that it's inexpensive
and made from brass or nickel silver.  Some don't think it detracts from the
instrument to make it slowly, by hand, out of something nice and then charge
accordingly.  If you want to voice your opinion and argue about it, then do
so; don't lob puerile inflammatory drivel at the entire list because you
think you've got some kind of moral jingoist high ground.

Why am I posting something so imflammatory to the list?  Here's why.  Those
of you whom I respect (the "choir" to whom one ends up so often preaching)
will understand my meaning and probably ignore the post . . . the take-home
message is, "Get your opinion across by arguing for your position or against
mine, not by being a jerk by attacking me personally."  Those of you whom I
do not respect will only read the tone of this message and, probably because
of your life experience, will miss the point and flame me publicly or
privately.
Before doing so, remember what I'm saying . . . I understand that the internet
removes all accountability from interpersonal interaction.  I also know that
it makes it very tempting for people to say things to hurt other people just
because weak-willed ninnies with low self-esteem find the internet the only
place they can do so.  I'm just saying, "Play nice."

:)

Stuart

who would say any of this in person to nearly anyone, then buy that person
a pint / glass of whiskey and play a few tunes with him/her.  :)  As long
as said person didn't mind my Thin Weasel, or the fact that I was born in the
US and am inherently inferior, or that I don't have a high-horse when it comes
to the word "celtic."

---------------
Stuart Hall ([log in to unmask])

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

Advanced Options


Options

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password


Search Archives

Search Archives


Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe


Archives

February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
October 2018
September 2018
June 2018
January 2018
September 2017
March 2017
February 2017
September 2016
July 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
May 2001
April 2001
March 2001
February 2001
January 2001
December 2000
November 2000
October 2000
September 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000
May 2000
April 2000
March 2000
February 2000
January 2000
December 1999
November 1999
October 1999
September 1999
August 1999
July 1999
June 1999
May 1999
April 1999
March 1999
February 1999
January 1999
December 1998
November 1998
October 1998
September 1998
August 1998
July 1998
June 1998
May 1998
April 1998
March 1998
February 1998
January 1998
December 1997
November 1997
October 1997
September 1997
August 1997
July 1997
June 1997
May 1997
April 1997
March 1997
February 1997
January 1997
December 1996
November 1996
October 1996
September 1996
August 1996
July 1996
June 1996
May 1996
April 1996
March 1996
February 1996
January 1996
December 1995
November 1995
October 1995
September 1995
August 1995
July 1995
June 1995
May 1995
April 1995
March 1995
February 1995
January 1995
December 1994
November 1994
October 1994
September 1994
August 1994
July 1994
June 1994
May 1994
April 1994
March 1994
February 1994
January 1994
November 1993
October 1993
September 1993
August 1993
July 1993
June 1993
May 1993
April 1993
March 1993
February 1993
December 1992

ATOM RSS1 RSS2



LISTSERV.HEANET.IE

Secured by F-Secure Anti-Virus CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager