Sunday Volk Music

If you’re interested in a curated podcast of folk music with one theme for each session, you should listen to Jim Moran’s Folk Music Podcast, a bimonthly show often partially broadcast on KPFK FM in Los Angeles as part of its “Roots Music and Beyond” program. It’s an outgrowth of Jim’s work at his blog Comparative Video 101, subtitled “SELECTED VIDEOS OF AND COMMENTARY ABOUT SOME CLASSIC FOLK, ROOTS, AND AMERICANA SONGS.”

In its infinite wisdom Blogger has mucked up (aka “deprecated”) the video codes Jim used to create his blog, so he’s recreating it, slowly. Let him tell it:

As of this writing in March of 2017, the Blogspot site that hosts CV101 has “deprecated” or made obsolete the old video code that I have been using since 2007 to make videos visible in these articles. That’s ironic, since for several years Blogspot was not accepting the newer code that is now required, forcing me into a workaround that is now useless.

The upshot is this. Of the 222 posted articles, more than 200 include multiple YT videos, up to ten but averaging about seven per post – more than 1400 videos in all. The change has left me with the choice of either abandoning this project, which at its inception in 2006 elsewhere was a kind of pioneer in presenting embedded videos with commentary – or going into every single article and changing the code for every single video.

I hope that no one is surprised that I am choosing to do the latter. I do believe that there is some value in this site, and several hundred thousand people over the years have enjoyed it.

However – changing all those codes is going to take some serious time to complete, so I beg your indulgence. If you happen by here and find an article that intrigues you but that is missing all or some of the videos, please drop a short comment at the end of the post and I will get to the restoration as soon as I can.

As always, thanks for your attention to this project of mine.

As of April 5 he’s got about thirty entries done and around 180 left to go. They are almost all fascinating. He’ll take a song from its earliest known cover and roll it forward to the most recent version, usually by widely varied artists. The site will be a resource for musicologists for years to come.