The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #51636   Message #788619
Posted By: John Hardly
21-Sep-02 - 03:34 PM
Thread Name: What's Sentimental and what's Sickening?
Subject: RE: What's Sentimental and what's Sickening?
"James Joyce once said that the sentimentalist is someone who indulges in an emotion without having earned it."

This quote that Peter brought up...
That's the main reason I have given up any hope of writing. (that...and the number of people out there critical enough to understand Joyce's point :^)......)

I agree with Jeri's initial premise (echoed many times) that the element of forced as opposed to natural is true to my sense of taste.

I get shivers when I play "Butcher's Girl" and hold the word "grave"

I sometimes can't finish "Wasn't Suppose to Be Like This" by Mallett.

Still, I find sappy tunes like "Save Your Heart For Me" (by that great folk group -- Gary Lewis and the Playboys) to be a great source of untapped, terrific melodies to do fingerstyle -- and people suddenly react sentimentally almost unawares, as the melody, but not the familiar arrangement, allows them to feel it differently.

so, I guess I'm also in the camp that says a performance or arrangement can make ALL the difference.