I’ve recently been trying to track down some of my favorite tunes (I have a couple of things in the tunes section if anyone wants to help me out.) and it got me thinking. You see, I get most of my tunes from people. (The ones I get from paper and recordings just don’t seem to stick the same way.) Because of this I have a hard time remembering the tune names or composers. The only way I get that information is if the person I learn the tune from has it, I have the presence of mind to write it on a piece of paper, or record them saying it (it doesn’t happen often), and I don’t lose said piece of paper or recording (with my organizational skills it’s not likely). I do, however, remember the tune, who gave me the tune and, oddly enough, where they got the tune if they happen to say.
At this point you’re probably thinking "So, where does the migration part come in?". Well, I know there is someone in Cannada who knows a tune that I gave said Cannadian after learning it from a girl from Japan that I met in Donegal (No, sorry, I don’t know what it’s called). This is one of many examples. So, how far (just person to person, recordings don’t count) have some of your tunes traveled to get to you? How far have they traveled since? I wonder if I’ve learned any tunes from people that have learned them from any of you. Food for thought.