Diatonic accordéon music of Centre France, Alsace, Bretagne, Britain and other places.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ask the Dancers!
How's the bourrée? Ask the dancers.
In response to Friday's post about what it means to play a bourrée well, a number of Mel.net and concertina.net worthies responded that you know you're playing a bourrée well when the dancers are dancing a good bourrée. This, indeed, is an excellent functional definition of "a good bourrée," and you could do far worse than relying on utility as your criteria for success. I could (and did) quibble about how, while this is dance music, it's not just dance music, but that doesn't change the fact that it's essentially a good point. Knowing your context -- dance, concert, parking lot -- changes everything.
A number of folks responded, "Get thee to a dance floor!" It has been a while, for a bunch of reasons. It's time to do just that.