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Great Performances - Stjpan Hauser and Luka Sulic do Smooth Criminal

Here's a great example of what I have decided to call "New Folk Music". Two performers, who have obviously mastered their instrument, stepping outside of what is typically accepted as the style of music performed on that instrument, and doing their version of an immensely popular song that has stood the test of time (at least the past 25 years or so, which in the modern music world is significant).


They obviously have a film crew of some kind helping to put this together, as evidenced by the boom cam shots, and it has been very professionally mixed and edited, but looks can be deceiving, especially in the digital age.


"New Folk Music" is generational in nature. Popular music has to a large degree become the emotional voice of a generation. We can all go back in time and appreciate music from earlier generations, and the more enduring music from those bygone decades is worth experiencing, but we all tend to identify with the kind of music that was popular in our youth. It's time for music teachers to ask themselves, "Which music is enduring the test of time, and which current popular music will join the songs in longevity?"


We've been in a mass media mode of music consumption for over 100 years now, so the patterns aren't too hard to figure out.


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Posted by ★ Owner on January 28, 2011 at 9:05 AM 2795 Views

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