It isn't their music

That era when everyone played an instrument, when every little town had an opera house and hosted nightly travelling shows, when the appetite for sheet music made music publishers rich and live music provided so many livings -- yes that era continues to be dumbed down to the pathetic level of our present generation by musically impoverished "educators" who promise to initiate one and all into the glories and mysteries of their special brand of Camptown Races Doo Da music.

It's a fake genre designed to make even school kids feel musically superior. But the Civil War music lover functioned at a level we can barely understand. We're the ones eating goober peas, not them, and goodness, how delicious to our modern tastes.

This could be harmless fun if we would just leave the Civil War generation out of it.