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On Your 'To-Do' List

Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 10 Jul 09 - 11:58 AM
open mike 10 Jul 09 - 12:22 PM
Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 10 Jul 09 - 12:27 PM
ClaireBear 10 Jul 09 - 12:28 PM
Amos 10 Jul 09 - 12:33 PM
Hamish 10 Jul 09 - 01:17 PM
fat B****rd 10 Jul 09 - 03:51 PM
Will Fly 10 Jul 09 - 04:21 PM
ClaireBear 10 Jul 09 - 04:29 PM
Art Thieme 10 Jul 09 - 11:24 PM
Jack Campin 11 Jul 09 - 11:17 AM
Suegorgeous 11 Jul 09 - 12:10 PM
Suegorgeous 11 Jul 09 - 12:11 PM
SteveMansfield 11 Jul 09 - 01:00 PM
Rumncoke 11 Jul 09 - 03:28 PM
Jane Bird 11 Jul 09 - 04:08 PM
Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 11 Jul 09 - 05:43 PM
Suegorgeous 11 Jul 09 - 06:09 PM
Jack Campin 11 Jul 09 - 07:02 PM
Joe_F 11 Jul 09 - 11:18 PM
Jack Blandiver 12 Jul 09 - 06:25 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 12 Jul 09 - 07:15 AM
Valmai Goodyear 12 Jul 09 - 07:39 AM
Susan of DT 13 Jul 09 - 07:36 AM
Valmai Goodyear 13 Jul 09 - 07:42 AM
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Subject: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 11:58 AM

I've always got a billion songs in my 'to-do' folder, but I keep shuffling them when I hear something else I want to learn Next..

Currently on my really really 'next to-do' list is:

'Alison Gross' - from recording of Lizzie Higgins
'Stitch in Time' - from a Maddy Prior recording
'Bonny Boy' - from Shirley Collins recording
'Sir Patrick Spens' - from off a Buffy St. Marie recording (although I detest her vocal stylings, I bizarrely like this..)

And another couple too.... 'The Colliers Rant... and... eek.

Just wondering what's on others 'to do' lists?


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: open mike
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 12:22 PM

and what do you intend to "do" with these?
learn to sing and play them? record them?


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 12:27 PM

Err, I only learn to sing them myself.

But whatever's equally applicable to others I guess..


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: ClaireBear
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 12:28 PM

Setting Kipling's "The Four Angels" to music. Making a new tune for Yeats' "Song of Wandering Aengus."

I'm trying to spend less time learning songs and more time crafting them -- which has never come easily for me. I can write lyrics, and I can cobble together tunes, but can't seem to do both. I figure that getting more individual practice with each activity has got to make it easier, in the end, to fuse the two skills.

C


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Amos
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 12:33 PM

My To Do includes making a CD of really inspiring Shmaltz Songs, which my MiL requested sometime back. I also want to do a series of CDs of songs I already know by chronological era.


A


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Hamish
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 01:17 PM

Oh don't! Too many, too many...

:-/


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: fat B****rd
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 03:51 PM

Try to figure out Barbecue Bob's 'Motherless Child' on me Fender 12.


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Will Fly
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 04:21 PM

Well, I have list as long as your arm of requests from YouTube correspondents for guitar tab, video bits, etc. At the moment I'm working on a guitar arrangement of the Four Tops "Walk Away Renée" for a YouTube correspondent.

Then I've got to work out a guitar fill-in for a concertina version of "Big Noise From Winnetka".

Then there's several pieces from the "Northumbrian Piper's Tune Book" to work on with the violin.

All makes work for the working man...


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: ClaireBear
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 04:29 PM

I forgot to mention that I'm hoping to switch from playing a McCann system duet concertina to a Crane.

I've been trying to fit in getting up to speed on the Crane for about 10 years now, and that project keeps getting back-burnered, but the McCann is badly in need of a refit so the time is NOW.

C


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Jul 09 - 11:24 PM

Lots of things I can't afford.

Art


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 11:17 AM

Figure out where the high bit goes in the second part of Paul Cranford's "The Graveyard of the Gulf" so I can play it on the alto flute. (David Greenberg's recording is a bit murky at that point and I can't quite hear what's going on).


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 12:10 PM

Finish the 2 songs I'm halfway through writing
Do something with all the fragments I've written
Work on singing up-tempo songs (I struggle with this, tend to stick to slow ones)
Work out how to use Windows Media library properly and reorganise my music files
Find a good pianist

Learn:
Easter tree (Dave Goulder)
The forsaken maiden
Braes o' Strathblane
Well below the valley
Sixteen come next Sunday
North Star Grassman

That's just the tip of the iceberg! :)

Ca' the yowes
Flower of Magherally


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 12:11 PM

Oh, forgot, an important (to me) one... finish adapting 2 gaelic song translations into singable pieces


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 01:00 PM

My big to-do at the moment is to learn the remainder of my ceilidh band's repertoire on the concertina. I've got about 2/3 of the tunes into my fingers, but the other third is resisting ...


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Rumncoke
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 03:28 PM

Having written down all the songs I could remember in an A6 notebook when I found my memory going, I now need to rewrite them into an A5 notebook because my eyes are no longer working as well as they did.

Getting old is a real pain, but considering the alternative, I just adapt and compromise.

Anne Croucher


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Jane Bird
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 04:08 PM

Now this is a really interesting thread - thanks!

I've been meaning to learn "The Game of All Fours", "The Broomfield Wager" and some decent rousing chorus songs for ages, but I keep not quite doing it.


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 05:43 PM

The Broomfield Wager's another on my to=do list too Jane. As well as The Easter Tree per Suegorgeous. Making a bit of progress on Bodhron would be pleasing too... As well as culling some available local instrumentalists to get out and play with!


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 06:09 PM

Crow - it's a good one... though not every audience's cuppa..... :)


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 07:02 PM

Having written down all the songs I could remember in an A6 notebook when I found my memory going, I now need to rewrite them into an A5 notebook because my eyes are no longer working as well as they did.

I recommend printing them in Comic Sans. It's the most readable typeface for people with crap eyesight that I've found yet.


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Jul 09 - 11:18 PM

I intend, at the next MIT chantey sing, to sing an adaptation of "Wives of Brixham" ttto "Ten Thousand Miles Away from Home", if I can get thru it without crying.

I intend to write a song about seasickness with the chorus "Roll, pitch, yaw, Surge, sway, heave".


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 12 Jul 09 - 06:25 AM

And another couple too.... 'The Colliers Rant... and... eek.

I'm presently skirting around The Collier's Rant 2009, maybe for JATZ, maybe not, but it deserves a demo at least. For the past few years I've been doing it on my citera (see HERE) but this past week I've been singing it with percussion alone...

Rapunzel's got a new song on the banjo: a frailing version of Blondie's Dreaming which sounds a treat. All I've got to do is come up with a decent harmony on the chorus & middle-8 - maybe a bit of Black Sea Fiddle too...

Okay - off now to see the new Magellanic Penguin in Blackpool Zoo!


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 12 Jul 09 - 07:15 AM

Finally figure out my recording equipment and do a CD of the songs from my new book.


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 12 Jul 09 - 07:39 AM

Select verses from Child's variants to make a version of Laird o' Drum that I dare sing.

Learn bass harmony lines to about 300 tunes we've arranged for the Spare Parts concertina band .

Valmai


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Susan of DT
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 07:36 AM

Boy and the Mantle
Young Andrew
Lady Dysie
and a bunch more. I am constantly working up more Child ballads.


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Subject: RE: On Your 'To-Do' List
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 07:42 AM

Excellent! Which country are you in? Would you be interested in the all-day ballad forums we run at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club (Sussex, UK) with experts like Brian Peters, Craig Morgan Robson and Chris Coe?

Valmai


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