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Re: Purpose of quiet-list
In a message dated 97-09-23 11:54:03 EDT, Bob S writes:
<< A very important distinction. Some friends answer my
complaints by saying, "you were young (right?) once,
didn't you do the same thing?" >>
Yes. I was young once too. In 1971 I had a bluegrass
band. We didn't use electric instruments. nor did we
even own a PA system. We gave a lot of free sidewalk
concerts. In the University of Oklahoma area, acoustic
musicians could do that back in those days because
the multiple disturbances from amplified sources found
today were not present. That's one of my many complaints
about the noise culture. It has ruined the environment
for good acoustic music.
Our first paid job was in a blue-collar beer tavern north
of Main Street in Norman. The median age of the clientele
was probably about 40. They liked us just fine. I was 24
at the time. Our dobro-player, a good ol' boy from Arkansas
who was in town for postal training, was 42. It didn't matter
that us younger guys all had the long-haired shaggy look
and he looked like a redneck. He could make a dobro
get up and walk across the floor. That mattered.
Audiences of all ages liked us. We went over well with
OU students, but we were welcome in redneck bars.
We were once hired to play for a debutante party. I think
things were different back then. Race didn't matter
either. We once worked up a set of tunes with a Black
gospel vocal group and did a bluegrass & gospel performance
in the church. I'll never forget the preacher jumping on
stage with a saxophone and doing "When the Saints
Go Marching In."
Sorry, the "didn't-you-irritate-your-elders- with-noise-when-
you-were-young" line doesn't wash with me.
-- Michael Wright
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