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In a message dated 11/18/01 8:07:25 AM, Hedewa7@aol.com writes:
>my own inclinations towards self-labeling also involves a need to cleverly
>respond to folks when they query, 'uhhh, so, uhhh... what kinda music
>do you play?' (i used to say: blues).
In the middle of your debate Hedewa7 slips in the above thought.
I am continually bombarded with the same question by people from
all walks of life. No doubt that it's a simple, honest question and
one that deserves at least an attempt at a straightforward answer
(simplicity not always being possible). But what do you do when you
don't have half an hour to explain all of the little nuances and
pseudo historical connections of your personal musical mythology.
Critics and reviewers have called my own stuff everything from
jazz to metal to electronica to whatever. Sometimes I opt for
the easily generic and say "experimental" (whatever that means).
Sometimes I get in an unreasonable, sarcastic snit and say "easy
listening." I don't know what comes over me in such instances.
It's good to know that I'm not the only one who ocassionally finds this
question (sometimes) a difficult one to give a short, userfriendly