The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19422   Message #1115294
Posted By: Lighter
13-Feb-04 - 12:34 PM
Thread Name: Penguin: The Mermaid
Subject: RE: Penguin: The Mermaid
Versions like the Clancy Bros.' having the familiar major tune *are* fun to sing, but the somber tune in Penguin is another story. An excellent demonstration of how crucial a melody can be to a song's meaning. (Even a major tune, sung slowly and dramatically enough, can convey a sense of sadness. I'm thinking of Ken Burns's elegiac presentation of the tune of "Dixie" during his "Civil War" TV series.)