Re: [Harp-L] My Opinions on :Gussow in Princeton or messing with the "blues tradition"
Here are MY OPINIONS from what I have read on Harp-L
I read the excerpt from the Adam Gussow article where he expresses that he
wants the harmonica to be part of "a more vital and evolving kind of music."
I did not read, "the best and most successful harp players have got it all
I do agree with "If blues was to really evolve and sound more modern,
wouldn't it start to mix in drum machines, beat box rhythms, synthesizers "
I love the quote "" while you were goin' ta Yale , I was goin' to jail . .
." but disagree with the comment "Pretty much sums it up." I see that
comment as an attempt to change the subject from harmonica to comparing two
I agree with " These discussions are always difficult because they pit
change against tradition and strict notions of form against artistic
I agree with " We need people like Adam who push forward and people like
Rick who preserve the past"
As someone that frequents Harp-L and Adam's Modern Blues Harmonica forum I
disagree with " his Dirty South blues harp forum is rife with many
characters who show sneering disrespect for players such as Little Walter."
I cannot recall seeing any disrespect for good players, but this also sounds
like an attempt to change the subject.
Bottom line, I have to agree with Adam's point. I find myself wearing a hat
and sometimes sunglasses. Joe Filisko once told me, "that lick you're doing
doesn't sound right, Little Walter never did anything like that." I will not
be the one to usher in a new sound and new place for the harmonica, but I
appreciate what Jon Popper, Jason Ricci, and Brandon Bailey (and Adam
Gussow) have done so far and listen with interest to what they have to say
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