Seeger, Springsteen, and American Folk Music
Thurmaier, David, Phi Kappa Phi Forum
In the liner notes to his new album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, Bruce Springsteen recounts how the recording took place the first day his hand arrived at his home: "'Till that moment we'd never played a note together. I counted off the opening chords to 'Jesse James' and away we went. It was a carnival ride, the sound of surprise and the pure joy of playing." The "sound of surprise" is one of the most powerful aspects of performing music, and usually results in the "pure joy of playing" (unless the performers are having an off night!). For example, consider jazz musicians, who, while improvising, are not always sure where their solos will lead. This interaction between …
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Publication information: Article title: Seeger, Springsteen, and American Folk Music. Contributors: Thurmaier, David - Author. Magazine title: Phi Kappa Phi Forum. Volume: 86. Issue: 4 Publication date: Fall 2006. Page number: 11+. © 2008 Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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