The Public Records 8/10/18
Hello all you Tellus360/An Sibin/Public Records fans. We hope you survived the Tellus3City Fest and are surviving the heat that’s been this week. Luckily for us working in the basement there is air conditioning! Oh how the wonders of modern technology make life so easy. However, this ease doesn’t just come out of nowhere. People and their wonderful minds make this world go round and round and despite our seemingly massive cultural differences, we are really one and the same. Nothing demonstrates this better than the element music – a global mastering of unseen vibrations and numerical patterns that make our work go faster, our play go harder, and our esoterics go deeper.
This Sunday will be ‘The March For Humanity’ and to help contribute to this noble effort to bring attention to some of our unsung compatriots in this condition we call humanity, The Public Records has selected for its album of the week ‘The Folk Song Tradition (Tradition Records, 1960). This album is a compilation featuring a heavyweight sample of western contemporary folk: Odetta, Alan Lomax, Prisoners of Mississippi State Penitentiary, Liam Clancy, and many, many more.
Why folk music is so important is that every society everywhere in the world has produced it. Whether cantata or a cappella, folk music is the music of the people. While it can be deeply layered and complex, it lacks the rigid theory and structures of the art music of the courts and aristocracies around the globe.
Not everyone throughout history was a lucky little Duke getting to learn readin’ and writin’, but just like our blessed overlords, us regular ‘folks’ also had a passion for life; a longing for song and dance (and wine); a sense of accomplishment after our long toils were over – we just had to pass our knowledge along orally for most of history. This is what makes folk music so familiar and so accessible.
The loose rules of folk are what allows new genres to be born. When cultures meet and mix, so do their musics and just like with people, it is always good for fresh genes to mix. We are lucky to live in a time of technology, so that we can witness two perfect examples of this mixing – blues and jazz – happening relatively recently in America. Now, take something as short as 150 years in the USA and apply that to all those other cultural melting pots around the globe and throughout history and whoop there it is!; the story of humanity. Collecting and sharing this ever evolving story is what we are attempting to do here in The Public Records.
Ultimately, though often times it feels not, we human are all on the same team. Tiny, little no-ones struggling to get by daily, dealing with the same annoying malarky. Yet all is not lost for music helps, especially when it isn’t combined with airs of courtly snootery although art music does have its time and place.
So come down to the basement where our dim lights, cool air, and ever growing collections from around the globe can help you take a load off. Listen to our album of the week and dig through our folk section, or any of our sections, to find what you want to listen to after a long, hot five days. It’s Friday, so now you have the time and we’ve got the wine (a whole snug full). See you here.