That's really interesting about musette, Maugein - thank you. I'm still clinging to "musette pur" which has a sort of sweet and sentimental innocence about it and which I still enjoy playing. I find modern day musette too "swingy" for my taste and much more difficult. A lot of what Jerome Richard plays is the sort of commercial musette that presumably is what people want to hear (and pays the bills), but it's understandable as people like him are looking for something more challenging than the waltzes of years ago. They must find something to attract young players who want music that's more up to date in rhythm and style. I can't say I'm mad about it but perhaps need to be a bit more open minded !
Maugein wrote:Musette used to be fairly simple easy going music, but it isn't any more. It probably needed bringing up to date, but I just wish they had given it a makeover, rather than demolishing it and starting again!
Very well put !
It was Galliano playing Libertango that made me want to try the CBA ... but it would have taken me years to be able to play it myself !
I do have some nice paso doblé music that I have just fished out of the cupboard ! With the sea shanties, the musicians are pretty well tied into the singers, though there is a little room for freedom (but I've been told "strictly no musette" !)