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Thread #58054   Message #3549688
Posted By: Reinhard
16-Aug-13 - 12:19 AM
Thread Name: Chord Req: Danny Deever (Kipling/Bellamy)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Danny Deever (Kipling/Bellamy)
Kipling himself was fond of singing his poetry ?

This paragraph in Brian Mattinson aeticle on Kipling and Music says something else:

It is said that Rudyard Kipling was tone deaf, 'my ears being wavering', and, as his daughter has affirmed, completely unmusical. According to Andrew Lycett , singing in the choir at Westward Ho! 'was a struggle; in a letter to a family friend, Rudyard complained that, in preparation for a concert, he was forced to attend choir practice for an hour every Thursday, Friday and Sunday. 'The constant la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la brings out all sorts of queer notes. I can't make out where I get 'em from.' 'He admitted towards the end of his life that Allah had excluded all music from his 'make-up except the brute instinct for beat, as necessary for the manufacture of verse'.