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GUEST,ST Songs of the Bothy Balladeer (32) RE: Songs of the Bothy Balladeer 26 Nov 16

I didn't read too much into the young lady's comment about ornamentation. It sounded to me as if she was just struggling to think of something to say about her performance: a bit like that bit at the end of job interviews where the panel used to ask if you had any questions for them and you couldn't think of anything so had to make something up.

There've been a few times when I've been learning a song and thought "No, I don't like singing that twiddly bit there" but more usually, when I've sung in public and finished a song with the feeling it didn't quite work, it's been more a case of feeling; "I didn't really *mean* that song that time" – but how do you explain that to a judge?

(I'm anti-competitions myself but then I've never understood how anyone can put on any performance "to order" - it's one of a plethora of skills I just don't have. I can usually learn the words and tune fairly quickly but then it takes me ages to go on and actually learn the song from the inside. Once learned though I can only sing whatever song I can feel at that particular point in that particular session - so I'll leave the other rights and wrongs to those who understand those things.)

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