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Thread #158878   Message #3761027
Posted By: Joe Offer
26-Dec-15 - 11:36 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
Interesting question, Pamela. I'm a lyrics man myself, so I can't offer much expertise. I'm aware of many songs that use a variety of melodies to match the same set of lyrics Since we're in the Christmas season, maybe "Away in a Manger" would be a good example.

But for the most part, I haven't noticed evolution in melodies to any great extent. Every musician alters every tune in subtle or not-so-subtle ways, but the basic structure of the melody stays more-or-less the same and each artist builds on that basic structure.