On Jul 21, 2007, at 9:35 AM, Mark Sottilaro wrote:
> The Monkees would gravitate quite specifically toward some ethnic
> music and not others. Theories?
The Monkees reference made me laugh. I grew up with that, Henry
Mancini and Broadway cast albums. When I was first learning guitar it
was Kingston Trio stuff, which I never liked.
It was not until I heard Muddy Waters that I felt a visceral
revelation about what music is and could be. From there it is a small
step to African music.
I think even Monkee-esque pop rock is only 3 degrees of separation
from African musics.
The oft parodied difference between gospel music and protestant hymns
speaks to the idea of "ecstatic" music vs. cerebral/mechanical music
but while I think there can be said to be musical "flavors" that may
suit certain personality temperaments, I think one's inclinations
towards a music depends on when you hear it within your personal
musical evolution. So it seems to be a complex equation of timing and
context and not a simple correspondence of "types."