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Thread #110621 Message #2337101
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
10-May-08 - 09:36 AM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
"The Weary Whaling Grounds," another American piece solely in Huntington, is distinct from "The Wings of a Goney/ Gull." The original title, from the log of the Catalpa, 1856, was "The Whalemen's Lament."
Huntington tells us frankly that the whalinhg logs he examined contained no tunes at all. He explains that the melodies he prints "come from every possible source," and that he trimmed and changed some to fit the words.
Lloyd's tune is a modal version of Huntington's.
Lloyd's verbal alterations are less extensive than those he worked on "The Wings of a Goney," but "The Whalemen's Lament" does not include the climactic and memorable phrase, "those weary whaling grounds."