I too am America singing

Lawrence Downes, in a NY Times piece celebrating the 50th anniversary of the admirable Arhoolie Rrecords writes about the wonderful range of music heard on that label:

If it was homegrown and honest Mr. Strachwitz found it, captured it and shared it.

Well, no, actually. There are plenty of other “homegrown” and “honest” musics that are outside the purview of Arhoolie – unless they have released anything by Ives or Copland, Carter or Adams, Reich or Singleton, Harbison or Tower, or…

The social construction of “homegrown”, “honest” or other words like “authenticity” always seems to exclude the homegrown, honest, and authentic creations of  America’s composers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s