SCD is more than a tradition to me. It is a living history, evolving,
changing and hopefully getting better. Much had been said as to what a
"traditional" this or that should sound like. But music is a subjective thing, each
person having their opinion. If we look back into traditional styles and tempos of
Scottish music, they would be undancable by most of us. It has all evolved to
provide us with something more dancer friendly.
There are tunes I may find boring or styles that are too choppy, vague or
uncertain. But they all have a place in this "living history" we call SCD.
Modern musicians and devisers have enriched our dance experience, traditional or
otherwise. I rather like it all, the old and new together. So, I have to say
that tradition does not stop in any particular century but grows into
something greater. Happy dancing all.
Bob Mc Murtry
San Francisco Branch