The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #51244   Message #780550
Posted By: Joan from Wigan
10-Sep-02 - 01:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: When You Were Sweet Sixteen (J Thornton)
Subject: RE: When you were sweet sixteen - original
I'm not trying to recreate old sounds either. I've never heard the original full version, I learned it purely from the sheet music. Some of the old songs, as Tiger says, are "syrupy", but I don't find that with "Sweet Sixteen" at all - it holds its own as a sincere expression of love, without going over the top, with a beautiful melody.

I agree with Three Chords that many singers nowadays learn their songs from recordings. I will always endeavour not to do so because when I do, I find myself automatically reproducing the arrangement, accent, etc. of the recording artiste. I will always prefer to put my own interpretation on a song. Which is not to say I take liberties (I do with traditional songs, but I consider that to be part of "the folk process"). On the contrary, where the writer is known, I do make every effort to stick to the song as it was originally written, out of respect for the composer. Who am I to "correct" or "improve" on the original? So, wherever possible, I will seek out sheet music if it exists.