Essence of SCD (was changing tunes)

Angela Bulteel

Message 55534 · 27 Mar 2009 17:07:00 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Wouter Joubert wrote >>
people who went through the "Rock and Roll" era never had to listen for
the beat in a subtle way and, unless saved by an interest in the bigger
musical picture, won't hear the rhythm so elegantly provided by flutists and
fiddlers.<<

I lived and loved the rock and roll era, and it was the beat that got to me,
and still does.!! When I started scottish country dancing and also fell for
its rythm and beat, I discovered, much to my rock'n'roll friends' horror,
that when "jiving", my feet seem naturally to move as in a strathspey step
or even surrepticiously - a modified pas de bas!!.
In one lapse of decorum, I even devised a strathspey to a slightly speeded
up version of the Everly Brothers hit of 1959 - "All I have to do is
Dream", and all this from one who recently publicly announced her
abhorrence of unrelated music being used for scottish dancing!!!!!
However, my main point I suppose is that a deep love of music is more often
than not inborn in a person-and in varying degrees, and those who choose to
explore this penchant will want to widen their passion. When I first
started dancing, the classes only used records with accordion lead bands, it
was some time later that fiddle music began to appeal to me. Now I love it,
but feel that only the very best most talented fiddlers can produce a really
strong and pronounced beat suitable for scottish dancing. While in no way
wishing to denegrate the proclivities of others,, perhaps those who prefer
accordion because they feel there isn't enough definition with fiddle do
not have such an infatuatuion with the music as others, and that dancing
comes first, music second. But I could be wrong- Its just an idea. I know
some excellent dancers who still don't fully comprehend the difference
between a reel and a jig, and would quite happily dance one to the beat of
the other, (which I would find awkward,) But their dancing suffers none
the less. I suppose it all boils down to a matter of taste, and preference.
All I do know is that if I had to choose it would be music first followed
very closely by dancing. Angela

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