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why are people so nasty to singers?

GUEST,.gargoyle 01 Nov 07 - 11:31 PM
GUEST,Jim Carroll 01 Nov 07 - 04:02 PM
Jack Blandiver 01 Nov 07 - 08:17 AM
Clownfish 01 Nov 07 - 07:12 AM
Green Man 31 Oct 07 - 09:56 AM
cptsnapper 27 Oct 07 - 05:34 PM
Captain Ginger 27 Oct 07 - 04:54 PM
Richard Bridge 27 Oct 07 - 03:15 PM
Stringsinger 27 Oct 07 - 02:06 PM
Big Al Whittle 27 Oct 07 - 07:26 AM
Y_Not 27 Oct 07 - 06:58 AM
Peace 26 Oct 07 - 10:18 PM
Peace 26 Oct 07 - 09:47 PM
Giant Folk Eyeball (inactive) 26 Oct 07 - 07:59 PM
Richard Bridge 26 Oct 07 - 07:56 PM
Peace 26 Oct 07 - 07:49 PM
Giant Folk Eyeball (inactive) 26 Oct 07 - 07:44 PM
Nickhere 26 Oct 07 - 07:39 PM
RTim 26 Oct 07 - 07:31 PM
Richard Bridge 26 Oct 07 - 07:28 PM
Stringsinger 26 Oct 07 - 07:02 PM
Ron Davies 26 Oct 07 - 06:37 PM
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Bert 26 Oct 07 - 06:16 PM
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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 11:31 PM

two/thirds of the "singers" in my experience:

Have been arrogant boars/bitchs

The audience knew it....the accompaniment knew it..... even their "sugar" daddy/tit knew it....

And we all knew who was getting IT....

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

There ain't no "tip-jar" on the finer gigs.

September/October Beer Fests are enough to knock your kickerbockers off!!!! Should be able to check in daily on the young sprouts.....until the Holidays.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: GUEST,Jim Carroll
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 04:02 PM

On the other hand - why are some singers nasty to anybody who suggests that they might not be god's gift to the world?
If you an't stand the heat................
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 08:17 AM

I've come across some choice inter-club bitchiness in my time, with one faction of imperfect singers openly pouring scorn upon another, often resulting in a certain difficult atmosphere.

Attitude is invariably disproportionate to ability; that said some of my favorite floor singers are as arrogant as they are tuneless, but given that the provenance of their arrogance is the seriousness which they take their craft (a seriousness which invariable comes through in their performance no matter how dodgy their intonation) then I try not to let it bother me too much.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Clownfish
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 07:12 AM

I am lucky to have never experienced people being nasty to singers. I agree that if a person purports to be a professional singer and charges accordingly, that it is OK to criticise and regret paying to hear them. What I love about folk singarounds is the mix of styles and levels and the extraordinary warmth and support. No folkie was born a brilliant performer.

At a singalong at a recent festival in Australia a young woman sang her version of Song for Ireland almost entirely off-key but her delivery and enthusiasm made the audience applaud wildly. I really think she will get more out of that experience than from a dissertation on her failings and ways to remain in tune.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Green Man
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 09:56 AM

Lots of sensible comment, mainly constructive and certainly amusing in places. Please come and run the British Government, :)

I am at best mediocre and some times sing a bit flat, the best hint I ever had was when a friend caught my eye, tapped his ear and pointed skyward. It instantly made me focus and of course not wanting to be flat corrected the situation.

No words exchanged and all was well. No body said 'god you were flat in that song'! I guess people generally are too nice or deaf.

I like Chinese music, and Arabic Music and particularly Romanian and Czech music. Quarter tone scales take a bit of getting used to but it's worth the effort. Of course if like me you tend to sing flat you're halfway there anyway.. :)

GM


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: cptsnapper
Date: 27 Oct 07 - 05:34 PM

A few years ago I was at the Wakefield festival & there was a guy there who really wasn't that good a singer or player BUT what he gave to the audience was wonderful.
A good few years before that I was reading a letter in Folk Roots in someone was talking amongst other things about the diversity on the folk world & who said that as far as he was concerned if people wanted to listen to Chinese folk music that was fine by him as long as he didn't have to listen to me. So, of course I spoke to Ian Anderson about my forthcoming album of Chinese folk music............


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Captain Ginger
Date: 27 Oct 07 - 04:54 PM

Spiers and Boden doing Waits' "Innocent When You Dream" is excellent. Do a search on YouTube and be prepare to smile and be impressed. Good snogwriter, that Waits.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 27 Oct 07 - 03:15 PM

Only once constipation is cured can you "throw" it!


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 27 Oct 07 - 02:06 PM

It all comes down to opinion and I would say opinionated opinion. Everyone in the music field selects his/her own special prison whereby to place the artist.

Some say Waits is a great singer, others say he sucks. The same with Manilow.

What some call bland, others would call romantic. What some say a singer sounds like someone in the throws of constipation, others would call it earthy or somehow honest.

So much psychological conditioning enters the arena.

Some would say certain trad singers sound like they're singing off-key.
Some would say they are singing quarter tones.

Everyone seems to have a personal horse in the race. I think this attention to
defense of a personalized taste seems to affect objectivity here.

Frank


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 27 Oct 07 - 07:26 AM

Rosie Hardman used to have this thing about Barry Manilow - she even wrote a song about him.

Rosie was a pretty damn good judge of songwriting and singing - being no slouch herself.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Y_Not
Date: 27 Oct 07 - 06:58 AM

Was it coincidence that Barry Manilow and Tom Waits were mentioned as an example?

Barry Manilow was asked in a TV chat interview a few years ago, I think it may have been Parkinson, who did he rate as a singer/songwriter?
I was amazed when Manilow said Tom Waits. (a bit of useless trivia)


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 10:18 PM

Regarding "Mary in the Morning", Nigel:

Words & Music by Johnny Cymball & Mike Lendell.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 09:47 PM

Yeah. Me too now. Cheers back to ya, Nigel.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Giant Folk Eyeball (inactive)
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:59 PM

Peace - Galveston is a stone classic. I'd also add 'Where's the playground, Susie', 'By the time I get to Phoenix' and so it's not the Jim Webb show, GC's versions of Buffy St Marie's 'Universal Soldier' and dunno who wrote it's 'Mary in the Morning'. Damn! When I finish listening to Coope, Boyes and Simpson, I'm getting out my copy of 'Glenn Campbell: The Capitol Years'...

Cheers

Nigel


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:56 PM

A good singer who couldn't sing? Alexis Korner. Eartha Kitt. Burly Chassis (a) flat and (b) late - but with a certain magic.

A great "non-folk" singer? Hmm, lots of choice here. Lena Horne? Count John McCormick? No, the best! Desmond Dekker! His timing was absolute perfection, and he just poured tone on.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:49 PM

Glen Campbell was really good, IMO. Love many of his songs but my favourite would be "Galveston" from the late 1960s.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Giant Folk Eyeball (inactive)
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:44 PM

Tom Waits is a great example of a 'bad' 'good' singer. Love 'im, personally. Barry Manilow, if you ignore his awful songwriting and cheesy personna is a 'good' but arsecrushly dull/bland singer. So, Frank, I think I know where you're coming from, but would have chosen a better example of a great non-folk singer: howsabout Scott Walker or Terry Callier or (ulp! sticking mah neck out!) Glenn Campbell...

Cheers

Nigel


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Nickhere
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:39 PM

I blame recorded music available on tap from CDs, downloads etc., People have got used to idea of music sounding a particular way every time they listen to it and some find it difficult to tolerate anything that doesn't fit their programmed profile. In the past music probably sounded quite different every time it was performed, even with musical notation. We know the troubaodrs of the 12th and 13th ecnturies were expected to improvise and improve on songs and there was really no set standard. Plus you can the effect even if you listen to recordings of different orchestras playing the same piece of classical music. Thus some people expect you to reproduce the effect of a whole band on a single acoustic guitar, and you'd like remind them even Rory Gallagher had a bass player and drummer. I generally find the worst critics are those who play no instrument themselves and think it's a doddle. Still, they deserve a good show and I generally would never 'answer back' even if someone said a particular song didn't sound that great. I wouldn't let it get under my skin, I'd just make a mental note that they might be at least partially right and resolve to put a bit more practice into it for the future. And of course anyone can have a bad night when the instrument and you are just out of tune with each other, for some reason!


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: RTim
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:31 PM

Because they can't Sing!!!!

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:28 PM

When did Barry Manilow last sing a folk song?

Or Tom Waits (btw, you are wrong, he sounds like a very big bear indeed!).

Plenty of floor singers, me included, are actually pretty bad. But we're often a whole lot better than our critics.

The time to worry is when people start "You have a good voice". Since I know I haven't (but I figure out ways to make it work, sometimes) I know there has to be the sting in the tale coming.

Last time it happened was at a session at a festival, when everyone else wanted to play humpty and I was the only singer, but still wanted my turn - they were trying to figure out how to tell me to shut the F*** up.

Time before that a certain joker here told me he'd meet me at a club (a place I didn't know) that (he said) was pretty traditional song with variations. Suited me... But it was a wind up and as a stranger in town I walked into a club that was pure country (which I hate). Well, you know the country ethos - - - good ole boys - - - so they couldn't very well say "Sod off you sing English" (it being in the middle of England, roughly) so I got the version with the butter first.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 07:02 PM

There is a vast difference of opinion in the folk community as to what constitutes
good singing. There are a lot of head-strong opinions that generally have to do with
cultural and ideological tastes.

For example, what would folkies say to the fact that Barry Manilow has a good voice?

Or Tom Waits sounds like a growling cub?

People are sometimes nasty to singers for which they have ideological differences based on image, presentation etc.

Out of tuneness may not be a prescription for disaster if other elements are there such as
an engaging peformer, an understanding of the lyric etc.

Coming back to the original topic, there are some people who are just plain nasty for personal reasons.

Frank


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 06:37 PM

I would never walk out on a singer in a singaround if the singer has memorized the song--I have a lot of respect for anybody who has memorized a song. If the singer is reading it off a sheet, the required standards go way up. And with Rise Up Singing--I'm gone--probably as soon as the book comes out.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 06:21 PM

Of course, I have heard myself on a bad day and it ain't pretty.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Peace
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 06:18 PM

When a singer/musician makes my teeth ache, I leave. Never have said anything nasty to a singer about his/her music.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Bert
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 06:16 PM

In my experience the GOOD/BAD ratio at clubs and circles is vastly better that that found on the radio or TV. It has also been improving over the last few years, so that rarely now does one hear someone who is really awful.

I think the problem is that the bad ones stick out like a sore thumb.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Captain Ginger
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 04:27 PM

Marje does make a good point. I have sometimes hesitated when it comes to introducing friends to folk music because I have inwardly cringed at the thought of their comments on some of the truly dreadful floor singers one gets.
It does seem to be unique to folk (though poetry slams are not far off) - jazz, blues; almost any other style seems to demand a degree of competance and commitment from a would-be performer. The 'good enough for folk' mentality is hard to shift from traditional music, however. The folk world is so bloody, maddeningly, uncritically tolerant (except, of course, of intolerance!).


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 02:15 PM

Why are people so nasty to singers? There's no banjo player available?


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 01:55 PM

Hello,

If you provide a venue where anyone can make a contribution...then you must be prepared to take the rough with the smooth....(think local pub karaoke!)

Always remember the international golden rule!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 12:14 PM

A good wheeze with an out of tune guitar is to ask to try it out (flattery) then kidnap it long enough to tune it. If it has a playablity problem, suggest a good local guitar fettler.

Tactless as I am I often suggest to unaccompanied singers that they carry a pitch-wheel.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Marje
Date: 26 Oct 07 - 12:00 PM

Yes, singers are vulnerable, and because we know that, we're generally kind to each other and try to avoid hurt feelings. However, there are some bad singers who are painful to listen to and who are apparently unaware of this. I don't mean singers who are a little nervous or a bit rough around the edges, and just neeed a bit of reassurance. I mean the ones who show little respect for either the melody or the words, or indeed the audience; the ones who can't be bothered to even start to learn the words, or to learn to tune their guitars, or to find a key that suits the song so they end up squeaking or growling their way through it; the ones who simply can't carry a melody ... oh I could go on, but most clubs have a few black sheep like this. What are we to do about it?
Offering constructive criticism sounds like a good idea, but there is rarely any opportunity to do this. I really don't feel I can go up to someone, uninvited, and say, "That's a good song, but the reason we didn't join the chorus was that we couldn't really make out the tune", or "Would it help if you sharpened up that top E-string?", or "Have you thought of working out a good key and a way of finding it when you start to sing?".
When there are local singing workshops offering a chance to consider and improve one's performance, these people are invariably absent - they seem to believe that they have a homespun charm that will be lost if they give any formal attention to their singing.
We can, of course, ignore them, leaving the room on some pretext if it's all too awful. We can clap politely and tell ourselves that inclusivity is what it's all about. As the original post says, it's not a matter of life and death.
But the life of our folk clubs could well be at stake. When new visitors, particularly younger ones, venture into a club, we shouldn't be surprised if they don't come back if they are presented with a programme containing too high a proportion of tuneless droning and inaudible lyrics. I don't know how the problem can best be addressed, but I think it needs to be.

Marje


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 25 Oct 07 - 05:11 PM

I have played music for over 50 years and have never learned anything useful from a
music critic except that they are generally wrong.

Take George Bizet. "Carmen" was slammed as a failed opera.

Nicholas Slonimsky (am I getting his name right?) wrote a book of music criticisms
over the years. It's very revealing.

There are sadistic people who enjoy dissing performances. Why? Probably they are
frustrated performers themselves who do not want to pay the dues to get good at it.
So they criticize others.

Singers are very vulnerable. It's so easy to diss them if you are a jerk.

Frank


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Y_Not
Date: 25 Oct 07 - 12:33 PM

The great thing about folk clubs over the years is they have been a breeding ground for new talent, where a fledgling performer can develop their art and their craft.

David Mamet says in his book True and False, the performer should take criticism and praise with a pinch of salt, both can be biased and misleading.
The artist should have their own yard stick and an objective measure of their talent, capabilities and limitations, if this is achieved, then praise and criticism true or false can never inflate or erode your worth as a creative artist.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 25 Oct 07 - 10:51 AM

Nigel - Clarence "Frogman" Henry had several hits.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Green Man
Date: 25 Oct 07 - 10:36 AM

Interesting debate, My wife and I ran a folk session/singaround in Herefordshire for years which was always well attended. We had some terrific singers and we had some who were not terrific. We learn't from a particularly good singer how to go about encouraging people who werent 'quite there' yet.

Criticism has its place in development, the means by which it's delivered is important. I have (as MC) said 'that was crap' after a clearly superb performance by a well known singer and got a big laugh from the crowd. Following it with a comment like Well! who is brave enough to follow that!

I wouldn't do it to a singer who was really not good or confident enough to handle it and in situations where criticism would do some good would say what I thought face to face either privately or out of earshot of most other people. Critics all too often do not have anything constructive to add to their judgement. In such cases I too would ask them to 'show us all how it's done'. During my time involved in the folk scene in the UK I have seen shrinking violets come into bloom with powerful results. The guiding hand of a sensitive criticism along with a suggested solution to the perceived problem is more often than not taken on board and acted upon. I will not name names but there are many people who came to our club and went away enriched by the experience.

Not everyone is nasty to singers, some people just do not know enough about what they are criticising to be constructive.

GM


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Ross
Date: 25 Oct 07 - 04:36 AM

Blimey - everyone's got it in for the Daleks

Next you'll be saying - 'what did the Daleks ever do for us'?

Even Tom Baker resolved to let them live (episode 28982 - Daleks go crazy up Uranus)

Paul McCartney did the Frog song


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Giant Folk Eyeball (inactive)
Date: 25 Oct 07 - 04:12 AM

As someone who has the singing voice of a dalek that's been set on fire and trapped in a drain, I beg to differ with the 'there's merit in everyone's singing' point of view. There's absolutely no merit in mine. Sincerely wish I could tell you any dfferent, but there you go. As a school music teacher told me when I was 11 years old, you can't turn a frog into a canary...

Cheers

Nigel


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 25 Oct 07 - 03:29 AM

there you michaelr

its this one

Lyr Req: Four Country Roads (from Big Tom)


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: michaelr
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 07:25 PM

Where is the thread slagging off Daniel O'Donnell? I missed that, and want to contribute.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Tootler
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 06:48 PM

When I started going to folk clubs recently I was in sympathy with some of the comments about some singers in singarounds that have been made here. However, as I listened to the various singers on a regular basis I began to realise that all singers had some merit in them. There is almost always something that you can find positive in a performance of a song if you listen for it.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 06:31 PM

"I have noticed that really good singers and musicians never put down others and are always supportive."

Well, if they're all that great, they're used to listening to folks who are less talented than themselves, and they've had time to develop an appropriate attitude. It can be relatively easy to be gracious when you've achieved a bit of success yourself.

Folks in the fair-to-middlin' category may display their negative reactions not simply out of jealousy or small-mindedness, but perhaps more forgivably, from feeling "I'm way better than that fool, and I don't get much appreciation."

******************

Very nice statement from Sedayne; I would elaborate thusly:

Many vocalists who lack conventionally "good" voices can be really excellent singers of certain kinds of songs, because they can very effectively communicate the feeling at the heart of their songs. I would suggest that many famously successful folk and blues artists meet this description. Even instrumental playing can be technically flawed while at the same time emotionally compelling or otherwise effective in some regard.

On the other hand, we've all been subjected to performances that are off-key, inappropriate in volume (either weak or too damn loud) AND at the same time completely UN-expressive of any discernible human feeling. That's when it can be very difficult to respond positively, or even diplomatically!


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Ernest
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 04:30 PM

Maybe Elton, John and David Bowie are treated nicely just BECAUSE they never attended any singaround....

Are those three brothers btw? ;0)

Ernest


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 01:52 PM

Can't argue with that, Sedayne!


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 05:51 AM

very nicely put - Sedayne


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 05:25 AM

I gave up listening to folk albums round about the time Peter Bellamy died, prefering instead to listen to folk songs (traditional or otherwise) in the context of folk clubs & singarounds, sung by everyday common or garden folkies who sing for the love of it rather than for any notion of professionalism or celebrity status.

What makes a good singer is more than their ability to sing - some of my favourite singers are what many would call 'bad' singers; what makes them interesting (and therefore good) is their passion for the material & the consequent corporeal authenticity which which they bring to it, even if that isn't immediately obvious to the casual punter.

I recently heard a professional singer calling many of the songs on the 'Music of the People' CDs 'hard going'. Well, far from easy listening anyway, but although many of these songs are taken from long-deleted LPs (such as the amazing John MacDonald : The Singing Molecatcher of Morayshire & Felix Doran : The Last of the Travelling Pipers) they remain, one would hope, documents, rather than products. I can't resist the tale of Davie Stewart busking the punters for one of his Cecil Sharp gigs as they queued to get in...

Source singers notwithstanding, surely the song is a good deal more important than the singer? All that matters is that the song is sung with all due respect & conviction even if the singer is a 'bad' singer in terms of conventional musicality. But since when did conventional musicality throw up anything worth listening to? In this world increasing corporate musical blandness (on all fronts) I delight in listening to someone who can't sing, but who does sing, simply for the pure sweet joy of the song in their hearts.

There can never be enough singers, and if people feel the need to sing, then needs must we respect that, even if it means broadening our critical parameters to do so. God knows I've developed one hell of a stiff-upper lip over the years training my facial muscles not to laugh in singarounds, but the beauty of it is right there in front of you - plain and simple: a living breathing human being (as oppose to a trained-up professional musician whose humanity I might personally question) doing something as beautiful as singing a song.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 04:36 AM

Elton John or David Bowie, for example?

Which sinarounds do they frequent?


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 04:30 AM

I sometimes think (not very often - but I do sometimes) why are people so NICE to some singers? Elton John or David Bowie, for example?


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 24 Oct 07 - 03:36 AM

yeh Tom didn't have to sit through them every week though....


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Bert
Date: 23 Oct 07 - 09:55 PM

I have noticed that really good singers and musicians never put down others and are always supportive.

I went to workshop one time where Tom Paxton was critiquing our songs. It was pretty typical as sessions go with efforts ranging from brilliant to bloody awful. Out Tom didn't have a bad word to say to anyone. Every comment was very positive and kind.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 23 Oct 07 - 06:18 PM

Captain Ginger - why not form a club with the Countess? There you can get together and tell everyone who wants to sing that they are not "Good enough for Folk"?

Good luck keeping members.


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Subject: RE: why are people so nasty to singers?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 23 Oct 07 - 06:13 PM

Eric the Red (and the person he's quoting - Sibelius?) is wrong - they *did* put up a statue to a critic:

http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/3/3_pss_members_wilson_stereo_cards_-_602_wilsons_statue_edinburgh.htm

It's still there.


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