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Dave & Alita Melton slydemann@EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Jun 12 16:16:25 EDT 1998

Just to set the record straight, I did not post any of the following,
though somehow it appears that I did. Please be careful when you
snip stuff out and get the original quotes right, because this wasn't


Dave Melton

Leonard Watkins wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Jun 1998 10:25:08 -0700 Dave & Alita Melton said:
> >> > >
> >> > >> John Hammomd is a poor
> >> > >>  musician.  He plays competently and sings terribly and that has
> >> nothing
> >> > I have to ask: Are you a musician. Also defining poor musician
> >> would be helpful
> >> > in understanding your post. I do think John Hammond and scores of
>  >
> >> The reason Leonard asks you this is because he is a "musician" and he
> >> thinks you're not. He thinks you're not because you criticized
> >> another musician. Even semi-pros with regular day jobs are into the
> I'd brush up on that mind reading, you are way wrong on this one.
> He did not say he did not like Hammonds music, he said Hammond was a poor
> Musician. There is a big difference. That is why I asked him to define what he
> meant by 'poor musician'. I think anyone can be criticized. Anyone who gets
> paid for getting on a stage and performing is fair game for criticizing.
> I just don't think you can judge the musicianship of someone unless you know
> something about the musicianship to begin with. You can say you don't like his
> music, but unless you got a clue about the skills then how in the world can
> you judge them. I have no problem with someone saying they don't like anothers
> music, but when you judge their skills you should have some knowledge of those
> skills. I have no idea what he meant by poor musician, did he mean sloppy did
> he mean not polished, did he mean not melodic. I suspect he can speak for
> himself, but you apparently think you know people better than they know
> themselves. I suggest you worry about your opwn backyard before you try
> raking mine.
> Leonard

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