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Thread #134256 Message #3055519
Posted By: GUEST,Alan Whittle
17-Dec-10 - 09:18 AM
Thread Name: Ballad Singing: A Dissenting Opinion
Subject: RE: Ballad Singing: A Dissenting Opinion
To be fair, you can make a shit job of any kind of music and drive the people away.
I think the reason there are so very few people who can do it properly - is that it is very disciplined stuff. It doesn't have the freedom of form that great poetry has - so the music and pacing have to be pretty damn near perfect. there are fewer good ballad singers than good Shakespearian actors.
And for some reason it seems to attract folks who just want to read it from a folder in a sing song voice.