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#21 User is offline   fortyearspickn 

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 07:10 AM

I guess I have part of "The Ugly American" gene. It amazes me how there are so many musicians world-wide who love American music to the point of learning to play it. I don't mean 'Smashing Pumpkins' - i mean "American" in the sense of C&W, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, etc. Maybe it started with Jazz. And the cliche of the French disdaining Americans - I guess it's another unfair, silly generality. Nice to hear that 'cultural exchange' between Paris and Bozeman is alive and well!
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 12:21 PM

View Postfortyearspickn, on 08 April 2018 - 07:10 AM, said:

And the cliche of the French disdaining Americans - I guess it's another unfair, silly generality.


It's not just us. The French have disdain for virtually everyone else. It's just part of being French. Don't take it personally.
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 12:14 AM

A second check-in......

We're on the Seine, bound for Paris, after visiting a few cities, towns and villages along the way to Omaha Beach and related areas. Somber place to survey, knowing the history. Have seen a lot of things one never sees in America, ....Europe is so old. We are, however, on a river cruise with planned stops and excursions and not a lot of free time to do personal exploration so we have not sampled any local music shops. Still, it has been a most excellent experience despite the fact that that our baggage was lost by the airline and has yet to show up. We'll be back in Paris on Wednesday for the flight home to Texas, and while it's been great fun, there's no place like home!

(....and no, did not bring a guitar, thankfully, since our belongs are still unaccounted for by the airline!)
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:02 AM

View Postj45nick, on 08 April 2018 - 12:21 PM, said:

The French have disdain for virtually everyone else. It's just part of being French.

French disdain up de Gaulle's or Voltaire's or somebody else's a..
It's ridiculous and 'belongs' in another age.

But the Frenchmen themselves have been teased a lot, haven't they.
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Btw. I went to the theater and saw a play over a Houllebecq novel last Thursday. Another infant terrible from Paris there. .

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 05:03 AM

View Postj45nick, on 08 April 2018 - 12:21 PM, said:

It's not just us. The French have disdain for virtually everyone else. It's just part of being French. Don't take it personally.


That's just so plain wrong, i hope it is 2nd degree.
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:11 AM

Actually, what I thought I wrote was that I was pleased non-Americans appreciate 'American Music', and that (based on Hogeye's recount of his positive experiences with them) the unfair characterization of the French people's disdain of Americans was a silly cliché and a general assumption made by people who generalize and had not actually ever seen a French National. We might not have won the Revolution and would all be talking English without French assistance. Lafayette - over 2 dozen places in the US bear the name. Including US Navy Ships. Please pass the Grey Poupon !
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:20 AM

View PostMafy31, on 09 April 2018 - 05:03 AM, said:

That's just so plain wrong, i hope it is 2nd degree.



Take it as tongue-in-cheek, not serious. But stereotypes often have some foundation in reality, even when they are gross exaggerations.
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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:21 AM

View PostMafy31, on 09 April 2018 - 05:03 AM, said:

That's just so plain wrong, i hope it is 2nd degree.


sorry, double post

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:41 AM

View Postj45nick, on 09 April 2018 - 06:20 AM, said:

Take it as tongue-in-cheek, not serious. But stereotypes often have some foundation in reality, even when they are gross exaggerations.


True 'dat.
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