Friday, March 26, 2010


Over at Frugal Kiwi, there's been quite a discussion going on about the question would you survive as a pioneer?

Most of that conversation revolves around practical skills, which of course are well needed. Seems to me storytelling is a practical skill as well, as is reflection. Otherwise how would anyone ever learn anything? including those practical skills. Not to mention have the courage and wisdom to carry on. The seanchai and the singer have their places in a pioneer existence too, I think.

You could take just about any of the music here along the music road to go along with this idea, really. Several suggestions:

Music Road: reflections with Adrienne Young

Music Road: Songs of the Immigrants

Music Road: tuning up for Burns Night: four Scots musicians

Music Road: Carrie Newcomer: Before & After

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Anonymous Frugal Kiwi said...

Another very practical type of music is the Sea Shanty- helping the hands work in time hauling ropes and nets. I don't know of any "big" sea shanty groups, but when I was living in Hampton Roads, VA, I always enjoyed seeing the local group Dramtreeo perform that type of music.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Anjuli said...

Definitely the story teller has a big part in pioneering and development of cultures and society.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Alexandra Grabbe said...

I think story-telling is an art that has been given short-shift by modern society. Fortunately, we still are surrounded by music and, as you point out, musicians tell stories, too.

4:05 PM  

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