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"Real Banjo Music"

Posted by queenee on Monday, February 20, 2012

I have always wondered why some folks must argue about what about what "Real Banjo Music" is. I love the banjo's voice and have, for many years, expressed and relayed my feelings by listening to others play it and by playing it myself. I listen to many genres and styles of music.  I enjoy some sounds and don't like some others.  I believe "Banjo Music" is too restrictive a term to describe either the instrument or the art form.

Music is the art form that uses organized sound to express and convey an emotional idea. It is produced on physical tools such as external musical instruments or body instruments such as the human voice.  The banjo plays music. To deny both the banjo and the music a free range of instrumental or genre associations and possibilities unfairly stifles and prevents a natural evolution of the art.

There are music lovers who like the traditional banjo sound that comes from using a music genre's original techniques. There are also those who like banjo music played with a less common genre busting experimental approach.  Neither group's tastes and opinions about banjo music are wrong.  They are only wrong if they express closed minded, self righteous and rigid opinions  about the validity of some musical interpretation they don't like. They are also wrong if they attack a person's intelligence or moral character if they express an opposing taste or opinion.

An artistic creation is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. It doesn't need validation from a person or group in order to exist. The evaluation of a creation's meaning and quality depends upon on an individual art lover's unique tastes and interpretation. 

We all should respect and accept people with differing tastes, beliefs and opinions. Agree to disagree, if necessary. There is room enough for every unique individual and their wonderfully diverse musical loves and expressions in that great Banjo and Music Lover Land.  

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