The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #113833 Message #2424219
Posted By: Jim Carroll
28-Aug-08 - 08:48 AM
Thread Name: definition of a ballad
Subject: RE: definition of a ballad
"Are you saying "These are 'pop' songs......."
Yup, though 'worthiness' doesn't come into it - it's a question of definition, not value. Basically, if it hasn't gone through the 'folk mincer' it isn't a 'folk ballad'. Doesn't mean it hasn't been created using folk forms.
Most of what you say in your last posting is worth debating - not sure where 'Plaisir d'Amour' fits into all that though.
Of course, you could adopt the 'singing horse' definition, which appears to have crept in here along the way.