Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Naming things

The most important thing is the name. Back in the days if it came from Chicago it was House, from Detroit it was Techno, from New York it was Garage. I don't want to be a Portuguese guy doing foreign music. We need our own names. Don't just call it "something foreign" made in Portugal.

We should be able to sucessufly apropriate outside influence (like any sophisticated country) and make it our own, or else, I will always need an Adufe to make Portuguese music and I don't want that.

The Portuguese musical continuum has been broken for more than a century now. Even now, thirty years after the end of half a century of dictatorship, we haven't been able to restablish it yet.

This musical instrument pictured below is the perfect example of our inability to name things, to create things. We invented it but we weren't able to find a name for it, we had to simply call it "Portuguese Guitar".



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