denise plus accent aigu ; I couln't agree more with your initial comments. It is so painful to hear someone with a reasonably good voice torturing the audience with serious repetitive themes and tunes. Unless you are driven to write and have a good musical background, I think it's better to find good stuff from a variety of other songwriters. Then you will have variety both in the style and content. At a recent open stage that I played, I was the only one who did a comedy no. ( not my composition ) Everyone else was dead serious especially with all the original material.