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Re: So long and thanks for all the.....?
3/13/2007 6:34 PM
Rik Eischen (960) wrote:
"This website is about guitar playing and music. Religion, politics, porn, abuse, etc, have nothing to do with that. Posting that stuff just lowers the tone of the site, it devalues it."
Alf, are you serious?!!
What does "Religion" or "politics" have to do with "porn, abuse, etc..." Check out the origin of the word: "political," from L. politicus "of citizens or the state, civil, civic," from Gk. politikos "of citizens or the state," from polites "citizen," from polis "city". It relates to citizens and their interaction with one another. Music (including guitar music) does not exist in a vacuum. It exists in the real world, in real countries, in existing and changing societies. Some music reflects what is happening in the world around it. Other music does not, and maybe copying things influenced by other cultures and societies. But to try to separate music from people and the societies in which they interact is artificial and just plain false. Some music is understood by understanding the culture from whence it came. Other music does not need much cultural context to understand it, but "politics" is more than one ideology verses another. I like the soundtrack of the movie Evita. The music reflects the culture and what is happening during an era.
Religion has nothing to do with guitar? Tell that to countless guitarists across the world who play guitar in church, myself included. Music, like art, has had a connection to "religion" for centuries. Try visiting famous art museums in Europe and tell me religion has no connection. Same with music: Handel's Messiah, Johann S. Bach, et al. Classical and fingerstyle guitar can include sacred pieces as well as non-religious works. There is a connection, and a place for such discussion. Appropriate discussion should not be grouped with that which seeks to be disrespectful and flaming to others.