"FaŽrie contains many things besides elves and fays,
and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons;
it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky;
and the earth, and all things that are in it:
tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread,
and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories
Well, that would be me, Maura Enright , a music and dance enthusiast who performs 'ethnic' music, sews costumes, and who organizes the occasional small dance event.
The website came to being as a teaching tool for myself. I gave myself five years to get it (and myself) organized, grounded and informed. I am almost to the end of the fourth year. In that time, I have developed an approach to collecting and organizing information which is very similar to Timothy Rice's description (in Music in Bulgaria) of how ethnomusiciologists try to explain music.
- Capture individual events. These descriptions depend on what the observer thinks is important. Therefore, they will vary by person, sometimes a lot.
- Make generalizations based on observations of many similar events (normative descriptions).
- Combine the particular and the normative (interpretive descriptions) and "move beyond them to interpret some of the cultural meanings enacted in the particular event... Interpreting meaning ... is one of the most important goals of ethnomusicological research."
You will encounter pages that are not complete. They hold one or more of the above: the stand-alone description, the normative description, the interpretive description. I add to the page as I encounter information. At some point, I begin to interpret. I publish the incomplete pages because the description(s) on them interested me and they might interest you as well.
The Internet has changed a great deal in the past few years. More and more websites are little more than advertisement traps; one sentence of info per page of ads. However, the Internet started out as a way for scientists to exchange information, and I prefer to continue that tradition. In addition, mobile devices, with their small screen capacity, are increasingly the device of choice. However, much of what I find interesting cannot fit on a small screen. I make some accomodation for small devices, but information comes first.
"Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs." - E.B. White
"Distrust adjectives." - Ernest Hemingway
"The road to hell is paved with adjectives." - Stephen King
"When you catch an adjective, kill it." - Mark Twain
You may contact me at: maura @ BabaYagaMusic.com.
- The Fiddle Playing page is launched. This concentrates on building skill sets for rhythm, improvisation, and intonation. Fiddle music is dance music, not classical violin, and the most important skill sets are different.
- Updates to the Whirling Dervish page.
- Significant updates to the Old Time Fiddle Music page.
- Musical Architectures: intervals and major and minor scales are of interest to all violin players; a handle on modes and gapped scales is important to the fiddle player. This page is a summary of my excursions into musical constructs in Irish and old time Appalachian music that had me confused.
- Large updates to the Cajun music page.
- Updated the Sol Bloom biography.
- I sure am getting tired of updating my website to meet small device standards.
- A lot of minor updates to the Costume pages.
- Updated the Timeline.
- Started Quilting page.
- Making mobile-friendly inititive continues. A lot of articles are being edited and re-arranged as I go.
- Update Sol Bloom
- Tribal Dance Costume event.
- Massive effort to make pages mobile-friendly underway.
- Updating Mid-Eastern music page to include samples of all suggested songs.
- Overhaul of site to accomodate Mobile users in progress. A very large job indeed.
- Update Business index to include music examples.
- Overhauling the entire site to include a search box on each page.
- The Encyclopedic Dictionary page has been separated from the main Index page.
- Also, major reorganization of Costume pages to make them more readable is almost complete.
- Created a new Dance index and a new Music index to allow fast access to those types of pages.
- The rhythm pages are being overhauled with better diagrams and more examples.
- Updated the Ghawazee page with new info: an interview with Alain Weber by Ibrahim Farrah in 1991.
- Reorganized the major Costume pages to make the section more of a tutorial.
- One-pot recipes for pasta.
- Significant updates to the Melaya Leff article, both history and costuming.
- The recipe section is very out of date. Working on a Vitamix section now: green smoothies are first. Carrot, green apple, grapes, kale, a dash of water and ice cubes: what could be simpler?