Baba Yaga Music

Who is Baba Yaga Music?

"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.

  1. Capture individual events. These descriptions depend on what the observer thinks is important. Therefore, they will vary by person, sometimes a lot.
  2. Make generalizations based on observations of many similar events (normative descriptions).
  3. 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

"We did have one favorite expression though when someone was way out there. 'She is from a different village.'" — Unknown.

"Parents of teenagers often act as surrogate frontal lobes...the primitive brain is entirely grown, but the frontal lobe, governing skills such as rational thought, impulse control and goal setting, won't fully gestate until age 25."

"Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter." — FRANCIS BACON

How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? A:Open door, put in the giraffe, close door.

How do you put an elephant in a refrigerator? A:Open door, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant, close door.

The Lion King hosts an Animal Meeting. Who's missing? A:The Elephant in the refrigerator.

You must cross a river used by crocodiles w/o a boat. How? A: Swim across. The crocodiles are at the Meeting.

"The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything." said Warren Buffett. Hmm. Words to retire by.

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Last updated: 2020.04.03