Inspiration in antiquity is always a solid foundation. If something has stood the test that time presents then the wisdom it holds is good enough for other works. Many songs take notice of other famous works, the symmetry within media can be found in all of its walks. The important thing is to do something in a style unique to your project, and if its rooted in something much deeper and resounding with culture then it's no problem at all.
So to know that the Library of Congress in Washington has allowed their collection of British folk music and plays to be fully accessible online is a magnificent contribution to not only music but culture as a whole. The West coast sound that is famous all over the world has many roots in Irish music which is in turn intimately related to the British folk sound. Many other forms of music can show similar genealogies.
So how did this collection happen? Who collected it? It all began with a PhD student named James Madison Carpenter. After training at Harvard, he spent his entire working life from 1928 as a scholar of British folk. Travelling up and down the country, travelling thousands of miles in total, he collated over 3000 full musical works. Many of them were caught on wax recording devices. In 1972 Carpenter sold his entire collection including manuscripts, notes, and the all important recordings to the Library of Congress who digitised it.
It''s been on a long journey, and 90 years since the idea was put into action the whole world can benefit from this collection. Go ahead and explore the database.
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