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    My fiddle teacher sent me this link for a book that examines the distinction between folk music and art music, or more particularly, how and why people started making the distinction.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Invention-F.../dp/0521178347

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    Here's another distinction between folk music and what else it can become.
    "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor is one of the most popular folk songs ever written in North America.
    I hope there isn't any dispute about it being a folk song that is sung by a folk singer.
    I'm getting off on this because I'm always updating older lyrics with new millennium content,
    and if I was doing this song and changing the lyrics it really wouldn't matter much.
    But here we have James Taylor doing that himself to his own song.
    Is it still a folk song? Does having the original message subverted by a new attitude towards entertainment,
    a progressive thing, or is James experiencing his first seniors' moment by becoming playful with it?
    He was very serious when he used to sing this song, his heroin habit being a big part of his reputation.
    He's looking good, he's on a national television talk show, and Stephen Colbert is one of my favorite hosts.
    If only he could have given it a more funky rhythm, and then the transformation would be complete...
    even some raggae... some people do change, that's'a for sure.



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    Here's Steeleye Span's Version of a Child Ballad, The Knight & the Shepherd's Daughter, Child 110. The words passed down through oral tradition before being written down, and it has all the structural marks of a traditional ballad - but the strong beat & electric bass guitar mark it out as 'progressive' or 'rock folk'.

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