Paul R Says:
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @6:17:20 PM
Well written and well stated. A number of thoughts occured while reading it. One: what people who grew up in poverty sometimes say, "We were poor but didn't know it." Another: Francophine musical culture in the Montreal of my youth seemed to consist of French translations of American pop songs ("Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini" comes to mind). Third: We too often value cultural expressions when they are endangered or dying. A Ukrainian festival didn't come to our neighbourhood in Toronto until many, if not most, of the original post WWII immigrants had died and their children had moved to Mississauga and elsewhere. Finally, you can be surrounded by another culture and be sadly unaware, as my friends and I were, growing up English and isloated in Montreal. It's unfortunate that cultural awareness and sensitivity isn't a universal norm.
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @7:46:11 PM
I agree about not valuing the expressive culture around us until it's gasping for breath. It's ironic that that the Yankees who would have scorned "French" music a few generations ago now flock to festivals and industrial museums to enjoy quaint re-creations of 20s Franco American immigrant life.
Well, I'm grateful there are great players like Don Roy, still expanding the reach of this fantastic music.
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