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Thread #163539   Message #3908957
Posted By: FreddyHeadey
02-Mar-18 - 06:52 AM
Thread Name: practising songs
Subject: RE: practising songs
In an interview with Martin Carthy by Jon Wilks on Grizzly Folk
"...Do you have a method of remembering those ballads? When you launch into a song with 30-odd verses, are you relying on visualisation or something?

Erm… I’ve just got good at organising them. Sometimes it feels like a film script. “That scene notes a change of scenery, so go to there.” But when you’ve organised it in a particular way, then it becomes very personal indeed.

To forget it in performance is almost unthinkable, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t happen. It happened fairly recently and I said, “Sorry, I’m going to have to stop. This has gone.”
Instead, what happened was that I started to speak the story, and then the line came back to me so I dived back into the song again. I’d seen people do it and wondered how they did it, and on this occasion, spontaneously, I did it.
The thing was, I wanted to tell people the story, and just by telling the story, the line I wanted came to me.
I can’t guarantee that will work every time. I think it worked because it was spontaneous......." 

thread for the whole MC/John Wilks interview