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Molly Malone 18 Feb 00 - 03:25 PM
Marymac90 18 Feb 00 - 03:34 PM
wysiwyg 18 Feb 00 - 04:30 PM
Snuffy 18 Feb 00 - 09:17 PM
Joe Offer 19 Feb 00 - 03:24 AM
Susan of DT 19 Feb 00 - 09:19 AM
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Subject: Adding a song to the DT?
From: Molly Malone
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 03:25 PM

How does one go about having a song added to the database?

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Subject: RE: Adding a song to the DT?
From: Marymac90
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 03:34 PM

I THINK, if you post it with the prefix LYR ADDED, that Dick or Susan will add it to the DT. You should include any information about the author, etc. If I'm wrong, somebody will no doubt correct me very soon! You can also have your own songs added to the Mudcat Songbook.

Mary McCaffrey

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Subject: RE: Adding a song to the DT?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 04:30 PM

Be sure any time you add one via the Forum you put the title in all caps.

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Subject: RE: Adding a song to the DT?
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 09:17 PM

You could always e-mail it to Dick at



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Subject: RE: Adding a song to the DT?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Feb 00 - 03:24 AM

E-Mailing to Dick is a good way, but all lyrics posted in the forum are reviewed and considered for inclusion in the database. If you post the lyrics in the forum, just make sure the "Subject" title of the message has the word ADD in it (not necessarily the thread title - just the "subject") - the "search" engine for the Mudcat searches the subject line, so that's the best place to have that ADD word. If your lyrics are later marked with a birdie ( ^^ ), that means the lyrics have been "harvested" and are being considered for inclusion. If they are marked with a three-winged birdie ( ^^^ ) that third, redundant wing, means that the song is already in the database (although possibly not that exact version).
It's nice if you post lyrics in the Digital Tradition format - title in ALL CAPS, and the (songwriter name in parentheses) in the second line, with any explanatory notes at the end of the song. It's also nice to put your intials in ALL CAPS at the end of the lyrics, so your initials can be included in the database and people can find out who the song came from. It would be nice if you can post the tune in MIDITEXT or e-mail it to Dick or to Alan of Australia's Mudcat MIDIs click to mail to Mudcat MIDIs.
The advantage of posting songs in the forum is that they're immediately available to all of us. If you posted a song in the forum a while ago and it doesn't have a harvesting birdie, you may want to call attention to it in the Songs you've posted thread. You can pull that thread up any time by using the filter for the word "posted." You can see that many of the songs in that thread have already been birdied. If you STILL can't do blue clickies to provide a direct link to your lyrics, just give the name of the song and the name of the thread. If there are other p9osted songs you know of that haven't been birdied, go ahead an post references to them in the "posted" thread.
Hope that helps. ^^^
-Joe Offer-

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Subject: RE: Adding a song to the DT?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 19 Feb 00 - 09:19 AM

Thank you all. The other points to remember are that (1) songs are added to the Digital Tradition only twice a year, roughly April and October, with the new edition appearing on the mudcat a month or two later, (2) we did not start to use the "birdie" ^^ to mark songs until last summer, so older postings may be included in the Digital Tradition but not be marked, and (3) we try to keep a good mix of songs in the DT, so if a lot of one genre are posted, some will likely be held for future editions. If you post a song and cannot easily post the tune, but can either identify the tune or list where it can be found, that will be a help. Thanx again, all. In the early days of the DT, other than a little help from friends, Dick and I entered ALL the songs.

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