I’m sitting here, listening to a traditional folk song, and the thought occurs: why does traditional Irish music sound different from, for example, traditional Native America or Asian, or African music? Obviously, they use different instruments, but even were that not true, I’m sure you’d be able to discern a big difference. So what is it about the origins of disparate cultures that leads them to develop different kinds of music?

I mean, I’m not complaining, I’m just wondering…

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