Gentle heralds of a greater music to come.
At present, these folk arts are still a matter of local pride, but history has shown that such arts, though important stimuli for other forms, are themselves very susceptible to influence and change. In modern folk music, the new factor is mass communication. It is impossible to calculate the extent to which the medium is capable of helping or damaging things. The communication centers may take over the functions of story-telling and entertainment, while advertising may usurp education. Nevertheless, the ordinary person's need for self-expression and a close connection with the basic forces of nature will prove, perhaps, an antibiotic for this virulent infectiuon which seems to be decimating the folk arts of the world. It is still too early for any firm theories. The best we can do is to learn to appreciate the wonderful Japanese folk tradition as it is, encourage it whenever possible, and hope that history will treat it kindly.--Malm, 1959