The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106314   Message #2195615
Posted By: M.Ted
16-Nov-07 - 06:31 PM
Thread Name: Do you sing from Memory?
Subject: RE: Do you sing from Memory?
And I am sure that none of you have ever recorded a song with the lyrics in front of you, either. That would be dishonest, as well.

LTS raises an important point when she mentions the ones who think they've got it down, so sing from memory and get it wrong.    I will suggest that many of you who are so proud of your memory often confabulate the melody, as well as the lyrics. Many who sing folk music, and even perform it, are often lazy, sloppy, or just plain incompetent in their melodic efforts, and use some combination of excuses about the folk process and sponteneity--