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Thread #15639   Message #2848001
Posted By: Jim McLean
23-Feb-10 - 04:18 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Smile In Your Sleep / Hush, hush
Subject: RE: Origins: Hush, hush time to be sleeping
Jim, the time scale seems to be:

Chi Mi Na Morbheanns 1856.
Mist Covered Mountains of Home; Scots Guards Settings 1954.
Smile in your Sleep 1963 (my song using the Scots Guards settings .. almost).
Junior Crehan's tune First recording 1976 (according to Irishinfo).

If you listen to Junior's jig with Mist Covered Mountains in mind you could be forgiven if you associate the two but it's a case of Junior playing within the 'contour' of Mist Covered Mountains of Home, and only a few bars, set in jig time, although the chord structure is not followed and one would have to insert starting places etc., hence he has created a new tune. But no one,unless his ears are painted on, can say Junior's jig and Mist Covered Mountains of Home are the same melody.
Also to say that both tunes are accepted as being from the one source would assume another original tune, the source for both which is not the case.

I remember Matt McGinn asking me to write a song with him. Matt's idea was to take a well known tune say, the Highland Fairy Lullaby, and from that create Coorie Doon. I didn't co-operate but one can see that he created a different tune albeit from an established melody, THE source.

I would be interested to hear off line any comments regarding 'academic dissertation on the influence of Scots music on the Irish tradition' as you know this interests me. One point, which melody does your friend associate with the 'song air'? Chi MI or Mist Covered Mountains as they are not the same although often confused.