--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "curtisdeltablues"
> <curtisdeltablues@> wrote:
> <snip>
> > This post got my attention: "I suspect he's a person of
> > from pro-TM fanatic to anti-TM fanatic, from buttoned-up bowtied
> > executive type to grubby street musician..."
> >
> > With my clean-cut picture on my Website, why would you describe
> > as "grubby"?
> Hi, Curtis.  You can use my name, it's OK.
> Didn't mean to step on your vanity.  "Grubby" was
> probably not the perfect choice of words as far as
> your appearance is concerned, but I had in mind more
> the, er, profession itself in contrast to your TM
> center chairman position.
> Good street musicians are worth their weight in
> gold as far as I'm concerned, and I personally prefer
> guys in T-shirts and jeans to guys in suits
> (especially with bowties, which someone said you
> used to wear, apparently in error), so it wasn't a
> personal comment so much as a point, again, about
> the contrast, which *is* pretty extreme.
> > And now a word from Dr. Phil:
> > "Goodness only knows what he'll do if he gets tired
> > of playing a bluesman.  Will he ever feel free of
> > the need to play a role, and play himself for a
> > change?"
> >
> > Having played Delta blues harp since I was 14 years old,
> > my art is not a role.  My blues show is a revival of a dying
> > of acoustic blues played in the open air.
> I'm sure performing your art is not a role.  I
> was referring to your taking the role of street
> musician in a dying tradition as a framework for
> that performance.
> I guess this quote from your Web site from Tom
> Marshall is what sort of crystallized that
> impression:
> "Seeing Curtis 'work the street' is an education
> in the history of music. Like witnessing a scene
> from a Vicksburg Mississippi train station, in
> the 1930's."
> It's a fine and honorable role, Curtis, but it
> *is* a role.  I mean, just for one obvious thing,
> you're a white guy.

What makes you think Curtis is a white guy?

> > The comment about my CD: that I sound like I was slightly holding
> > back, was right on.  Since I play all my instruments at once,
and do
> > not multi-track to correct errors, it is hard to go balls-out
> > without having something go wrong somewhere on any given take. 
> > play the pieces in the original weird guitar tunings, so keeping
> > all together is very difficult. So my first CD is a compromise
> > my live performance.
> I thought (and said) it was entirely possible
> your live performances were different.  But never
> having seen you live, I could only comment on the
> recording.
>   It is an honest snapshot of my music though, so if
> > you don't dig it you wouldn't be wowed by my live show.  But a
> > in a live show hangs in the air for only a second, so I can take
> > more risks and push the emotional edge further.
> That seemed to be more in evidence with your harp
> playing on the CD, which are superb.
> I'm glad you're doing something you enjoy--and are
> clearly damn good at--and it certainly is a pleasure
> to encounter you again in that very positive context
> (which, you'll have to admit, is a lot different from
> that of our previous encounters on alt.m.t).

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