The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #161932 Message #3851607
Posted By: Jim Carroll
21-Apr-17 - 08:24 AM
Thread Name: How not to forget words?
Subject: RE: How not to forget words?
I listened to MacColl up to shortly before his death, when his memory began to fail
I never saw him stumble over lost words - he had absorbed his songs so well that he could improvise them
Unless you had heard them enough times before his improvisations were unnoticeable
On several occasions, when one of us caught his eye after an improvisations, he would shrug slightly and grin - warm memories.
He said the secret was to tell the story, not just sing the words
Makes sense to me