I'm not sure what I think of that myself, to be honest. I appreciate that he was able to express his view to me and allow me to mention it here, and as he is a musician I could easily understand his bias, but given that I don't necessarily see recorded music taking the place of live music in the contra community as a whole (and many of the people I've talked to about this seem to agree that the two branches of the contra dance tradition can exist in parallel to each other) I'm not sure I see the same level of concern being necessary. I'm also not a musician, which may make a difference here as well.
I can, however, understand his concern about having the producers of the music be overlooked while dancers are caught up in the dance, which I will admit I've been guilty of in the past. Since talking to Brendan I've been trying to make a particular effort to show my appreciation for the music-makers, be they playing on instruments or mixing recorded tunes.
How about you all? What do you think of this? Does Brendan have a point?