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Songs to be passed along

GUEST,A young one 21 Apr 12 - 05:16 PM
KHNic 21 Apr 12 - 05:29 PM
GUEST,pattyClink 21 Apr 12 - 10:12 PM
Leadfingers 22 Apr 12 - 06:45 AM
Rog Peek 22 Apr 12 - 08:38 AM
GUEST,Guest TF 22 Apr 12 - 03:42 PM
GUEST,CS 22 Apr 12 - 03:53 PM
GUEST,CS 22 Apr 12 - 03:58 PM
GUEST 22 Apr 12 - 04:07 PM
mg 22 Apr 12 - 11:48 PM
Phil Edwards 23 Apr 12 - 03:08 AM
mg 23 Apr 12 - 03:12 AM
oldhippie 23 Apr 12 - 09:21 PM
Beer 23 Apr 12 - 11:12 PM
PHJim 24 Apr 12 - 12:14 AM
Phil Edwards 24 Apr 12 - 02:40 AM
CupOfTea 30 Apr 12 - 12:12 AM
Bert 30 Apr 12 - 04:25 AM
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Subject: Songs to be passed along
From: GUEST,A young one
Date: 21 Apr 12 - 05:16 PM

As a young musican I wanted folk songs each of you felt should be passed along.

My life is just as much a preservation of value as an individual anomaly


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: KHNic
Date: 21 Apr 12 - 05:29 PM

Miner's Lifeguard. Still relevant today - ask a Chinese miner.

This is a good version.


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: GUEST,pattyClink
Date: 21 Apr 12 - 10:12 PM

Wow, that's a good question. Like in Fahrenheit 411, what one book would you want to preserve.

I think everyone here could rattle of tons of 'worthies', but paring it down to the essentials-- I have no answer yet to this profound question, but I will ponder it.


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed alongde , MOST of what Ewan
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 06:45 AM

Despite his downside , MOST of what Ewan McColl wrote


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: Rog Peek
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 08:38 AM

Depends what you mean by 'folk songs'.

Whoops, sorry, I've got my coat, I'm on my way!

Rog


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: GUEST,Guest TF
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 03:42 PM

Young one, learn the songs you wish to pass along. Not those foisted upon you. TF.


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 03:53 PM

Gosh, while there may remain small niche avenues for very specific forms of songs and chants as mentioned above, only a tiny minority of *any* songs are actually passed on orally nowadays, and most especially those songs revivalists consider to be traditional "folk songs".

Most people hear and pick up songs through more contemporary media.
For the casual listener such media would be radio and TV, while the more dedicated listener might partake of electronic resources such as Mudcat!

This is an immense boon for those of us who would would otherwise have no access or exposure to traditional folk songs.


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 03:58 PM

Funny feeling I may have posted to the wrong thread.

Eh oh, it probably doesn't matter!

What one song would I preserve?
It would be something by either the Beatles or Elvis, something that millions of people would know and love and deeply cherish.


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 04:07 PM

Can I have two?

My Elvis choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ox1Tore9nw

My Beatles choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4CzqrPZtXk

CS


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: mg
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 11:48 PM

1. Ash Grove
2. Ich hatte einen komaraden
3. Plaisir d'lamor
4. Rivers of Texas
5. Swanee River
6. Strees of Laredo t


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 23 Apr 12 - 03:08 AM

There are a few songs I have learnt from oral transmission, without ever hearing a recorded version:

Who's the fool now?
Jones's ale
Ranzo
Bring us a barrel

Camus wrote about going in search of "those two or three great and simple images in whose presence [one's] heart first opened", and I'd say something similar about the songs that are really worth passing on: they're the ones that opened up folk music for you and stayed with you ever after. Nobody will have the same list; I'd include Ranzo and Jones's ale, but also Thousands or more, Come write me down, Blackwaterside, The valiant sailor...


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: mg
Date: 23 Apr 12 - 03:12 AM

I am reading an old book on Kindle..called something like ancient songs..it talks about when Joan's ale was new...mg


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: oldhippie
Date: 23 Apr 12 - 09:21 PM

Passing Through by Catie Curtis


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: Beer
Date: 23 Apr 12 - 11:12 PM

Hay young one!! There is no clear definition of folk. If you want to spend some time here you can look at the archives and get a feeling on the subject.

However, it is a great question and if you would care to share a little more about your interest I'm sure many will help.
Like.... Who do you like in your understanding of "folk".
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: PHJim
Date: 24 Apr 12 - 12:14 AM

Hank Williams' Lost Highway - Some will say, "That's not folk." If you ask me tomorrow, I'd probably give you a different one.


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 24 Apr 12 - 02:40 AM

mg - brewing used to be a household affair, carried out mainly by women, and the name 'Joan' used often to be spelled 'Jone'. So yes - it was "Jone's ale", right back when "Jones's Ale" was new.


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: CupOfTea
Date: 30 Apr 12 - 12:12 AM

Are you just looking to make a list of folk's "best/favorite/most important song?" Or are you seeking deeper? You can look at lists of "One hundred most popular folk songs" or anyone's picks of "important" songs, most recorded, or even "songs I don't want to hear ONE more time" -lots of ways to look at what's been considered essential.There's book documenation - Lomax and Sandburg down to reprints from SINGOUT

But what it actually comes down to is not what OTHERS think are significant, but the songs that touch your heart enough that you HAVE to learn them and sing them to anyone who'll listen. With such a rich treasure trove to be found in trad, I've no doubt that there are many of those songs that can catch your heart and mind. We can all give you OUR "best" song for being a treasure - but the opinion is only as good as your connection to the person expressing it. Ya might have some idea what a Mudcatter is about from reading lots of their posts, but pulling it from musicians you have a real life connection to (even if it's only listening to their recordings over and over) and seeing what THEY prize, songwise, will lead you to songs with more significance. Most of what I value in songs came from the singing of people I value highly, and their worth is tied up in my perception of the song.

As you say yer a "young one" I do envy you having started early on looking for songs. Tonight, I think my pass along song is Palaces Grand/ aka the Sad song. Tomorrow it'll be something else entire: different day, different mood.

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Songs to be passed along
From: Bert
Date: 30 Apr 12 - 04:25 AM

Well now, where do we start.

My own song list is coming up towards 600 songs. Some of them are folk most are pop or country, a few are originals. Quite a few are there because I intend to learn them one day.

If you send me a PM with your email address I'll send you a copy.


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