Sun May 4 00:52:14 EDT 2008
In a message dated 5/3/2008 12:05:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
The notion of being a purist can cover more than one situation...
I was recently told that one well known member of the blues community felt
that gender and skin color were the primary indicators of a musician's ability
to play 'twue' blues...sad to contemplate that this person isn't alone in
their misguided beliefs.
On the other hand, I suspect everyone has a core feeling they get which
tells them 'Now that's blues!'... the opposite extreme being 'WTF was that?'....
I've got no problems with a purist who gets excited about listening to what
they truly enjoy.
I personally find the type of exclusionary purist who only wants to belittle
as many facets of a broad and wonderful genre as possible, to not only be
disappointing, but completely opposite of my views on life in general.
A political writer I will paraphrase said, "A facist is anybody losing an
argument to somebody armed with facts." I listen to what I like. The only
real time I consider labeling is when picking a section of the record store
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