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Thread #166098   Message #3991238
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
07-May-19 - 06:57 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
no howard i'm a sucker for old films and i've read some books repeatedly. i suppose the difference is - i don't struggle with so called magnum opuses these days.

i struggled through Dr Faustus by Thomas Mann, the philosophical bits of War and Peace, Ulysses (even the bits where the language started eating itself and I didn't understood what was going on), The Naked Lunch by William Burroughs took me nearly an entire month.

Nowadays I regard that as a waste of my life. I wish I hadn't bothered.

I used to like Taff Thomas/Tim Laycock enterprise Magic Lantern's version of Long Lankin. I appreciated MacColl's Tam Linn, because I knew about ballads and the legend of Proteus from Stuart Gilbert's book about Ulyssses - but I found it hard going.

No one's made a special effort to get my music - so why do I owe a duty of respect to people who make no effort stylistically to communicate with me.

And i love Shakespeare, the parking attendant outside the RSC in Stratford used to keep my parking space free. Skespeare is abit like ballads only working folk clubs, it only works in the theatre with actors who can speak blank verse. On video, it usually sucks. It nneeds a guy there onstage telling you the story.