Thursday, December 6, 2018
Flamencology is a hornet's nest in many ways. There aren't books in English about it that talk about it in musical terms straightforwardly. It is all filtered through sociological and anthropological discourse. The works in Spanish are more from the point of view of the aficionados themselves.
There ought to be someone who writes about the lyrics of the cante as poetry. One guy I was reading recently said that they were haiku like. Well, no, they are not, unless you just mean short. I think I'm going to have to do it, at some point, since nobody else is going to.
There ought to be someone who writes about the major figures. Imagine if all the book on the shelf on jazz never really got around to talking about the music of Sonny Rollins or Mingus, Trane or Bird, Ella, or Sarah, or Billie. You would think of that as odd, I think.