Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication. But legend embodies it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world.
Music is about communication... it isn't just something that maybe physically sounds good or orally sounds interesting; it's something far, far deeper than that.
Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.
Frank Moore Colby
Oral history is a recipe for complete misrepresentation because almost no one tells the truth, even when they intend to.