Urban Legend, Myth, Apocrypha & Other Diversions
updated over 8 years ago
Jan Harold Brunvand, professor of English at the University of Utah, made two key points within his collection of legends "The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends & Their Meanings" : Firstly, that legends and folklore do not occur exclusively in so-called primitive or traditional societies, and secondly, that one could learn much about urban and modern culture by studying such tales.
In this respect, here's an ever-growing random list of musical folklore, the kind of thing for which the Italians have an apt expression "se non è vero, è ben trovato" [even if it is not true, it is well conceived]. Readers may also find comfort in Tertullian's writing “Credo quia absurdum est“ [I believe because it is absurd], which is in itself a paraphrase or misquotation of “Credibile est, quia ineptum est", for which there is no known catalog#!.
As good a reason as any for bringing a range of arbitrary recordings to the attention of others.