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I'm a folk singer-songwriter. I am pretty poppy though.
Most things in my life I had before leaving home. Values, support, great family. I was shaped at an early age. A musician playing guitar, I wanted to be a folk singer.
I do notice that I spend a lot of all my time steeped in different forms of myth, such as English folk music, for example, not really studying it necessarily, but just trying to experience it so I can recall it later.
The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other material suitable to the epic form need not therefore prove its failure as a long lyric poem, with interrelated sections.
It was 1988, I believe, that I met Grit. We were both appearing in a Canadian Folk Festival and as we sat backstage he handed me his guitar. I played it, loved it, and then found out that he'd made it himself.
There's a similarity between European and North African folk musics.
I've never set out consciously to write American music. I don't know what that would be unless the obvious Appalachian folk references.
Music was in the air when I was growing up. My siblings Katy, Dave and Phil were musical; my dad worked in inner-city New York where a musical revolution was taking place - folk music, rock n' roll, gospel music. My sister taught me to sing. My brothers taught me to play.
I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition.
The genius of a folk melody or story is not the feeling that it's original but quite the opposite - the feeling that it has existed all along.
Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals.
'Battleship' is not a film that Francois Truffaut would have made. Nor would any of those other namby-pamby European directors. Nope, this picture eschews that Continental obsession with small stories, set in quaint towns filled with pockmarked folk doing their banal things.
I was reared on folk music.
I grew up with a heavy diet of gospel, folk, and blues because those are kind of the cornerstones of traditional American music.
I was a Ukrainian folk dancer in my teens, and I toured the country in 1991, shortly before the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Pat Benatar might need a rock band, but I can just sit with a blues guitar for an hour and a half and do folk songs and great contemporary ballads, and not many people can pull that off.
I've spent hours and hours doing research into Appalachian folk music. My grandfather was a fiddler. There is something very immediate, very simple and emotional, about that music.
The Band is probably the ultimate example of people taking all kinds of music, from gospel to blues to mountain music to folk music to on and on and on and on and putting them all in this big pot and mixing up a new gumbo.
It's fun. I sit down every day and tell stories. Some folk would kill to get that chance.
We don't need to bring down the rich folk to help the poor.
I was immersed in popular songs of the time, of the '30s and '40s. I was writing songs, making fun of the attitudes of those songs, in the musical style of the songs themselves; love songs, folk songs, marches, football.
Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues, you find out it's music of just plain people.
There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty, and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear, that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
Marie de France
The folk music definition has changed in this fast music world and musical styles are blending really quickly.
I think all old folk's homes should have striptease. If I ran one I'd have a striptease every week.
John F. Kennedy
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