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.

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