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Thread #103495 Message #2111183
Posted By: GUEST,Gerry
25-Jul-07 - 04:04 PM
Thread Name: Harris and the Mare - murder or not?
Subject: RE: Harris and Mare - murder or not?
Campbell's Daughter is on the album, The Emigrant and the Exile, with John Munro. It's my favorite track on a CD with several good tracks, and it's the track I put on the radio when the CD came out. Somehow, the CD didn't make much of an impression - it seemed to disappear without making much impact. I don't kow why. Maybe people expect every Bogle album to have a No Man's Land on it, or a Band Played Waltzing Matilda, and if there's no song to meet that standard, people are disappointed.
Having praised Campbell's Daughter, I do have to say there was something about it that bothered me, only I can't remember any more exactly what it was. It may be that it was written to sound like a traditional ballad. I love traditional ballads, but if you're writing a ballad now, I think it should sound like you wrote it now, not like you're trying to pass it off as trad. This is not meant as criticism of Bogle or anyone else, but as an expression of my personal tastes in music.
As for Harris and the Mare, does anyone think that maybe it was Rogers' way of expressing the opinion that conscientious objection is hypocrisy?