The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163539   Message #3903414
Posted By: Jim Carroll
02-Feb-18 - 08:41 AM
Thread Name: practising songs
Subject: RE: practising songs
There's an interesting, but unproven theory (from ballad scolar David Buchan) that many of the ballads had no set texts. but were remembered by singers as stories and remade at the point of singing
I listened to Ewan sing for nearly thirty years and saw him begin to have difficulty in remembering words as he grew older.
I cannot recall a time he ever dried up in a song - he ad-libbed successfully each time it happened
He sometimes acknowledged his mistakes with a grin - but that was the only visible sign he was having problems
Jim Carroll