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Thread #62704   Message #1015969
Posted By: GUEST,Keith Lucas
09-Sep-03 - 10:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Muckin O'Geordies Byre
Malcolm, thank you for your help and quick response to my request for a directory to Scottish dialect. I also appericate your advise on the singing of songs in a form of language that doesn't come naturally to a person. I have no problem singing any Irish or Scottish folk songs with either of the dialects so far. With me it depends on the speed of the song ex: Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre by Andy Stewart for one and a little trouble with Mary Mac by Makem & Clancy, although I almost have the latter one down. Singing with either dialect seems to come fairly easy to me, I think for two reasons, the first is I play entirely by ear which helps a great deal with sounding out any song and second my great interest in anything Celtic, Scottish and Irish. I don't totally agree with you on the importance of understanding a song before attempting to sing it in it's paticular dialect, but only because I feel everything I sing,(if you understand what I mean by I feel everything I sing) so it is important to me to sing it the way it was done originally. I do agree it is important to understand the song in this way, ex:The dialect is important to me so I can understand exactly what the song is about, which makes Andy Stewarts version hilarious, but also if I were to perform the song out some where I could explain to the average person just what it was I was singing, which I think is also very important. I have really appreciated your help with my request and I hope you understand what I'm trying to say in this message as I sometime find it hard to try and explain my feeling for a song. Once again you have been a big help and I just wanted to say thank you. Keith