The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #145654   Message #4167619
Posted By: GUEST
15-Mar-23 - 10:38 AM
Thread Name: A.L.Lloyd & Sea Chanties
Subject: RE: A.L.Lloyd & Sea Chanties
all perfomers should be entertainers
".When somebody tells me I'm hearing a historical artifact when, in actuality, they've invented most of it or the most interesting parts of it themselves, that taints the song for me, and the singer too" quote
OK "Rounding of the Horn" collected by Ann Gilchrist, in the small footnotes, which you have to read very carefully to notice it describes one of the verses as having been written by the source singer, [who sailed round the horn] in my opinion it is the best verse of a very good song, it is written from his own experience. However it was some years after i had learned the song [which one is given the impression is trad in its entirety] before i read the footnotes
did i alter my opinion of the song or the collector , because of the lack of clarity.
I did not, I was grateful to find such a powerful song, grateful to the collector. I feel the same way about the recruited collier.
my judgement of a song is based on its lyrics and tune not whether its trad or LLoyd or partly written by the source singer, you seem to regard honest scholarship as more important than anything else
Honest scholarship is of importance, but if nobody sing the songs, they become museum exhibits songs that have died, and the scholarship is thenof only interest to a few academics.
The scholarship is mbecomes more important when more people are singing the song. if it had not been forLloyd who would be singning the recruited collier