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Thread #121629 Message #2658577
Posted By: George Papavgeris
17-Jun-09 - 10:49 AM
Thread Name: Do male singers have all the best songs?
Subject: RE: Do male singers have all the best songs?
I still prefer June Tabor's singing of "And the Band played Waltzing Matilda" to Eric Bogle's despite the fact that it is written from a male POV. A great performer will empathise with the subject and transcend any issues of gender or race in its delivery.
OK, most of us do not belong to that category. I have myself written a couple of songs from a female POV, which I don't sing because I don't think I can do them justice myself (Tina Taylor sings one, and I love accompanying her, but I can't even harmonise with her on it).
Sometimes a song gets its POV from the listener - I wish I had a pound for every time someone told me that "Johnny don't go walking with the fishes" is clearly written from a mother's or girlfriend's perspective (it wasn't, but I don't mind).