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Re: OT- Resonating (was:Re: Civitas Urbanus (new album release))

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."