Pre-Industrial … Music.

We’ve spoken quite a bit of late about pre-industrial winemaking; both as methodology, and concept. It’s the latter I’m thinking on at the moment, as I mourn the passing of the very great Doc Watson.

Pre-industrial as methodology might be described as a choice of tools, and the relationship between the maker and the made, as bridged by the tools.

In the case of wine, this is the land, and the producers, as bridged by the direct and necessary mechanisms of production: a way to harvest the grapes, a way to transport the grapes, a way to press the grapes, a way to ferment the juice of the grapes, and a way to bottle the fermented juice.

Simple. Pure. Authentic. Real.

In the case of music, this is the song, and the singer, as bridged by the direct and necessary mechanism of production; an instrument to play.

Simple. Pure. Authentic. Real.

This was Doc Watson.

Simple. Pure. Authentic. Real.

For you Doc, we beat the drum slowly, and play the fife lowly.

Doc Watson performs “St. James Hospital”



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