Youth & music

Martin.Sheffield

Message 27270 · 10 Sep 2001 18:54:41 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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At 09:50 09/09/01 -0400, you wrote:
>And percussion added into the musician-mix has my strong vote for attracting
>the young. It certainly makes me feel youthful,

Marilynn, you disappoint me !
Through your messages, I always pictured you as a nice kind person, but if
you advocate heavy percussion, I'll have to take you off the pedestal.

I can't remember there being much percussion in the early Riverdance, and
it certainly has never been a strong part of traditional Irish dance music.
Yet the young seem to love everything Irish (and the not-so-young, too,
myself for one).

Young people may *say* our music is old-fashioned, but is it not because
they just haven't seen any Scottish clips on TV, certain channels being for
them the epitome of all that is modern. They don't really think that at
all, they are jusy voicing what they think young people *ought* to think.

In any case, whether they are right or wrong, is the opinion of youth
enough reason for us traditionalists to change what we like? We say we
want to attract youth to keep SCD going into the future. But if we give in
to modern tastes and change SCD for them, what will we be preserving?

Someone recently mentioned going out to meet young people on the own turf.
Can't remember who it was, though I intended to write and ask just what he
meant, where he went, and what he did.
Did he take his Scottish CDs into the local night club and ask the DJ to
play them?
Martin,
in Grenoble, France.

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/scots.in.france/
(dance groups, events, some new dances ...)

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