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Hi John

 

I was intrigued and hugely amused by your -"-ish" descriptor.

 

In my teens, there were (in retrospect) about 10 'genres' that covered Folk, Pop, Rock, Prog Rock, R&B, Soul, Country, Jazz, Show/Musical, broad Latin, broad World, Comedy. 

 

I reckon these days, there's more than 100 genres ... let alone the infinite "-ish" ones :)    When I started writing songs, approx Year 2000, I submitted to a few contests and inevitably was told I had chosen the wrong category!!  

 

Do you know of existing resources from which one can create a list ... along with INDUSTRY-AGREED EXPLANATIONS in plain language and each perhaps with a core example? 
If none exists, perhaps this is a project for the Membership to develop one?

 

Greg

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6 hours ago, GregB said:

Hi John

 

I was intrigued and hugely amused by your -"-ish" descriptor.

 

In my teens, there were (in retrospect) about 10 'genres' that covered Folk, Pop, Rock, Prog Rock, R&B, Soul, Country, Jazz, Show/Musical, broad Latin, broad World, Comedy. 

 

I reckon these days, there's more than 100 genres ... let alone the infinite "-ish" ones :)    When I started writing songs, approx Year 2000, I submitted to a few contests and inevitably was told I had chosen the wrong category!!  

 

Do you know of existing resources from which one can create a list ... along with INDUSTRY-AGREED EXPLANATIONS in plain language and each perhaps with a core example? 
If none exists, perhaps this is a project for the Membership to develop one?

 

Greg


I used -ish as the coverall for all Alternative categories. It’s funny, we went from the battle cry “don’t label me, I don’t conform to stereotypes” to a world of infinite labels, to some categories of label users who use “flexi” to cover people who cannot decide on a label but are nonetheless desperate to have a label, such as “Flexitarians” aka meat eaters who don’t like being labelled as such for many reasons.

 

I remember a member determined to argue with me, maybe a decade ago… I had used the label “metal” to describe Motörhead, only to be told they were not metal but heavy rock of some particular kind. I tried to explain in the 70s and 80s they were Heavy Metal. There were less genres than today. What was metal then was still how I thought of them. My listening habits didn’t demand an ever dividing array of sub genres. I was content to know that genres shifted as fashions evolved. This upset the member in question. “But it’s not heavy metal!”. He just didn’t get it. Yet it was supremely important to him that I used his classifications of music.

 

Truth be told, -ish is my get out clause!

 

It’s getting near Christmas, let me rephrase. Ahem. “-ish is my get out Claus” 🎅🎄

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