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BS: Favourite Compliments

Patrish(inactive) 12 Nov 99 - 08:57 AM
JedMarum 12 Nov 99 - 09:01 AM
Patrish(inactive) 12 Nov 99 - 09:13 AM
MMario 12 Nov 99 - 09:17 AM
Barbara Shaw 12 Nov 99 - 09:20 AM
Patrish(inactive) 12 Nov 99 - 10:33 AM
kendall 12 Nov 99 - 10:37 AM
Patrish(inactive) 12 Nov 99 - 10:38 AM
Liz the Squeak 12 Nov 99 - 11:35 AM
Fortunato 12 Nov 99 - 11:36 AM
kendall 12 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM
MMario 12 Nov 99 - 04:28 PM
Caitrin 12 Nov 99 - 09:50 PM
catspaw49 12 Nov 99 - 10:08 PM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 13 Nov 99 - 05:55 AM
paddymac 13 Nov 99 - 09:06 AM
RoyH (Burl) 14 Nov 99 - 05:35 AM
Magpie 14 Nov 99 - 07:41 PM
Judy Cook 14 Nov 99 - 07:55 PM
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Greyeyes 14 Aug 01 - 08:35 AM
Murray MacLeod 14 Aug 01 - 08:37 AM
SINSULL 14 Aug 01 - 08:50 AM
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Jack the Sailor 14 Aug 01 - 02:13 PM
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Subject: Favourite Compliments
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 08:57 AM

I started a thread on insults and I thought this might be a good one to balance things out. So here goes.... You are the chocolate chip in the cookie of my life.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: JedMarum
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:01 AM

I used to tell my youngest son, he was the best Trevor in the house. One day, when he was about 3 years old, after I had just told him this, he said "but I'm the only Trevor in the house."

"Yes," I told him, "but you're still the best one." He grinned from ear to ear.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:13 AM

That's lovely Liam, I almost wish I was called Trevor and lived at your house!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: MMario
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:17 AM

one of the compliments going around lately "You are evil!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:20 AM

When my son was very little, probably around 2, I used to say things like, "Ooh, I just love your cute little fat face!" One day after picking him up from daycare, we were talking about what happened that day with the other kids. He said there was a new girl, "with a cute little fat face!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 10:33 AM

I wonder if it easier to insult someone, than give them a compliment? I think that insults stay in your head longer. One compliment I remember receiving, was " Your house is really comfortable because it is so untidy - I don't have to worry about spilling coffee"

I am a bit of a slob............

Patrish


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: kendall
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 10:37 AM

I was once called the reincarnation of H>L> Mencken.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 10:38 AM

Sorry to be thick, but who's that??


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 11:35 AM

The nicest thing I've heard recently - mainly because I am not built like Marylin Munroe, more like Snuffleupagus -

'I've lusted after you for years', ah, brought a tear to my eye: honest, and to the point.

Must go have a cold shower now....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Fortunato
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 11:36 AM

HL Mencken, the Bard of Baltimore, was a writer and humorist. He said: "No one ever lost money by overestimating the stupidity of the American public." Now that's the truth. My favorite quote. I may have folk processed it a bit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: kendall
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM

when someone told him that former president Coolidge was dead, he asked "How can they tell?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: MMario
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 04:28 PM

Probably the best compliment I ever recieved, was the day a musician asked me who the composer of a song I had just sung for her was, and when told it was "mine" - her reply was "You're shitting me!" - in complete and utter surprise. (Luckily I took it the way she meant it, as she had assumed the composer was a "pro")(but boy was her face red until she explained!)(and I made her explain. Sometimes I am just ornery)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Caitrin
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:50 PM

I heard the H.L. Mencken quote as "No one ever lost money underestimating the taste of the American public." But then, that was from my dad, the man who claims that he makes up "better words" to songs he doesn't know the real words to. The most sincere compliment I was ever given was at a New Year's formal party...a guy looked at me and said "Damn." (With a definite note of appreciation) I felt more secure about my looks than I have before or since. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 10:08 PM

I dunno.........If you consider the literal meaning, it can be quite a nice thing for someone to say, "Fuck You!" I mean, you can respond, "Oh really, its so nice of you to offer." A person must love themselves to love others, so "Go Fuck Yourself" can be taken as friendly advice.

Fuck all of you!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 13 Nov 99 - 05:55 AM

The late Michael Rabin was playing a violin concerto in the Robin Hood Dell (which is (was?) Philadelphias outdoor concert hall. When he finished a man shouted over the applause "You are a regular Heifitz!" Someone else yelled, "You are a regular Michael Rabin". I think that was meant to be a compliment.

A friend of mine is a mathematician who plays the guitar. At a conference he gave a talk. That evening after dinner he played his guitar. One courtly colleague said, "I could tell from your talk that you were a musician." Again, I think that was meant to be a compliment.

Murray


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: paddymac
Date: 13 Nov 99 - 09:06 AM

MY favorite - appropriate for a lady of any age: "You're approaching the full flower of your womanhood".


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 14 Nov 99 - 05:35 AM

Kendall, if I were an American I would treasure being likened to H L Mencken. To those who don't know him, read Alistair Cooke on the subject of Mencken. Likewise Studs Terkel. By the way, sorry about Abdul. I came in on the tail end of that thread. Frank Crumit was wonderful though. I'm surprised how few Americans know of him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Magpie
Date: 14 Nov 99 - 07:41 PM

My son (then 4 yrs old) and I were lying in the afternoon sun resting. I lay with the sun smack in my eyes, and my son was studying my face. After a while he says: Mamma, you eyes have golden rays in them, just like sunlight!

No one's ever said anything lovelier to me.

Magpie


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Judy Cook
Date: 14 Nov 99 - 07:55 PM

I treasure the compliments that come my way. Two of my favorites:

"When you sing, you sound the same as when you're talking"

"When I think of you, I smile."

(I suppose these were not necessarily MEANT as compliments, but I sure took them as such.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Bert
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 04:54 PM

A couple that I treasure.

When I hear your songs I can actually see the places.

And one time I had just finished singing my usual silly stuff (The old Sow Song, and Size doesn't Matter, etc.) and a woman who was listening said "before I sat down the veins in my leg were hurting but I laughed so much that all the pain has gone"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: sophocleese
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 05:06 PM

When I was a teenager I spent a weekend at the Festival of Friends in Hamilton having a great time. There was a man there also obviously having a great time. We didn't say a single thing to each other but a few days later I was in the bank with my father and the same man walked in. He came up to me and said "Do you know you have the greatest smile!" I blushed and thanked him while my Dad grinned but I remember how wonderful it felt to be told that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: BBJfla
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 05:25 PM

I once told Joseph Sobol, the Cittern player from Chicago, "Listening to you play makes me proud to be a human being, just to be of the same species as someone who can produce such indescribable beauty.

He said, "Bruce, you sure know how to deliver a compliment."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Marion
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 05:21 PM

A statement someone made at the wedding of two of my friends, both musicians:

"When they stop playing, the silence is still Mozart."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: darkriver
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 02:22 AM

A guy I worked with once told me
"Your wit is dry enough to suck all the moisture out of a turgid camel."

At least I think it was meant as a compliment. . . .

doug


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: emily b
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 11:43 AM

My band sang this past weekend and got quite the compliment. One of our guys heard another guy say he'd rather listen to our band than get laid. Maybe this says more about this guys love life than the band. We sure got a good laugh out of it, though.

Another fan told us that not only would she buy our CD if we had one, but the cd player to play it on. Ah, the ultimate 1990's compliment.

As for me, my favorite thing to hear is "You were missed." Doesn't get any better than that.

Emily


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 11:50 AM

as of now: A total flake
At least it's a superlative!
I must tell the new guy in the next bed at the Neil Young Center. I think he's Scandinavian, his name label says he's Nil Bymouth.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Bert
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 12:49 PM

We visited a friend of ours and, unfortunately, the lasagna she had cooked hadn't turned out at all well. Her daughter tried to console her. "Don't worry Mom, it's fine, just like they serve in the school canteen"
She just had to laugh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 05:34 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:25 AM

Jeri once told me I sounded like The Watersons--all of them, I think. (Or maybe it was Frankie Armstrong; I forget.) Anywho, I TOOK it as a major compliment!

And a friend once told me our house looked like the storage wing of the Smithsonian. I also chose to take that as a compliment! (My theory on housekeeping is that if you have enough cool stuff to look at, nobody notices the house is a mess.)

In a small cemetery in York, Maine there are buried two women, some years apart, but with their markers carved by the same carver. In each case the slate gravestone reads, "She lived desired and died lamented." If that isn't something to aspire to, I don't know what is!

Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Greyeyes
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:35 AM

When I was in my mid twenties a friend with teenage children told me that if her 13 year old son grew up to be anything like me she'd be very proud. Quite discombobulated me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:37 AM

Legendary Scottish compliment: "You don't sweat much, for a fat lass, do you?". On second thoughts, it's a Geordie line.

Murray (posted to wrong thread earlier)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:50 AM

I recently showed my apartment to a young couple with twin almost-6-year-olds who were a handful. I kept them at bay by promising a look at the kittens and generally enjoying most of what they did. They were cute and funny and bright and the fact they were identical only made them cuter.
When it was time to go, they announced, "Daddy, we don't have to look at any more houses. We want to live here." When Daddy replied that he wasn't sure they could afford it, one turned to me and said "If we don't buy your house, will you be our baby-sitter?" What could be nicer?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: JedMarum
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:53 AM

A few years back my wife was complimented when the young woman at the check-out counter in all earnestness, asked to see her ID (we were buying beer). Our eldest son was old enough to buy beer, at the time!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Ringer
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 09:04 AM

I'm being picky, I know, Kendal, but wasn't the "How can they tell?" crack by Dorothy Parker?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 01:05 PM

Last year I was proofed by a new clerk at the local supermarket. The manager was furious with him but I was thrilled. I had a son who was old enough to buy beer!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Deni
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 01:19 PM

I caught my niece Naomi looking at me with a big soppy grin on her face. 'Whassup', I said. She replied, 'I really like you Auntie Denise.' Well of course I was somewhat chuffed, so I said, archly, 'Oh, why is that then? (Was it going to be beautiful, clever, kind?)

She smiled dreamily,

'You've got such lovely dangly earrings...'


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Kim C
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 01:53 PM

I think it's a compliment when people say my songs make them cry... isn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 02:13 PM

Open Mike compliments... Play another please, twice I've been asked to do four when most folk only were allowed three.

"You sound like Roy Orbison" It was one of MY songs Wow!! how do you respond to that??

And the best one. A friend overheard another musician say I reminded him of Tom Paxton. This was soon after I had started writing songs. So then I had to go find out who Tom Paxton is. When I realized that Tom had written some of my favourite songs (Bottle of Wine, Marvelous Toy, The Last Thing on My Mind) then I was really impressed. That one compliment caused me to really enjoy the craft of songwriting. I bought books, better guitars, sought collaborators, joined discussion groups like this etc. largely ss a result of that compliment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 02:16 PM

"We really enjoyed your music. Thanks for playing."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST,Celtic Soul
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 02:22 PM

I think I like 'em all! :D

But, if I had to choose, it would be any from my little girl, especially when she says I'm the best Mom in the world (not that she has all that much to compare me with).

How about best backhanded compliment?

:::Sheepishly:::

My (then) honey once said, "Your as good as a $5,000.00 a night call girl".

My response: "Thanks? I think? And how would *you* know, anyway????"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Matt Woodbury/Mimosa
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 03:28 PM

"Your music started healing in me"


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From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:00 PM

Daughter to her biological father after not seeing him since she was a baby: "Actually I turned out to look a lot like mom." And, she didn't mean it in a nasty way, to either of us!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Justa Picker
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:09 PM

"You must be half idiot and half genius."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:24 PM

Also at open mike.

Folks who shut up for a minute and listen!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Hawker
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:47 PM

For me it was "That was a Really great song" (told me by a really great singer about one of my own!)
Lucy


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Midchuck
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:56 PM

I go with Sorcha (see several posts up).

Peter.

Also: "Are you really a lawyer? You seem so nice!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Allan C.
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:57 PM

Here's a related thread. A portion of my post to it needs updating; but I'll just let it alone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 05:03 PM

Bald Eagle,

Yes, the Coolidge comment was made by my idol, Dorothy Parker (do you mind?)

"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown aside with great force."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 05:11 PM

Dammit there Grannie Sins.....that one kinda' got me............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Charcloth
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 07:43 PM

my favorite compliment was a non verbal one. I was at an old folks home some old fellow was sitting in a wheel chair & hooked up to oxygen asked me to do some hoe down number. Which I did & frailed away on me banjo. This old guy took the Oxygen out of his nose got up out of his wheel chair & clogged! I will never forget that! Charcloth


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Peg
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:42 PM

well, it was near summer solstice, in the circle of the Rollright Stones...after the evening's festivities wound down (the ritual, the band), a few people sat around the fire and some of us sang some songs...I was the lone American in th ebunch but it did not seem to matter. Full moon, starry sky.

One guy sang some respectable Neil Finn covers, one guy sang some GREAT pagan originals, etc. I sang a song in Gaelic, a cappella. And a lovely young man who I sort of had my eye on said, afterwards, "Your voice is like Irish Cream pouring over ice."

Yep, he got lucky that night.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 09:56 PM

Grannie SINS is not high on the compliment list, Spaw. You really are rattling my chains these days. And those damn kittens have taken up residence in the box spring under my mattress. Invariably, about 3AM, one of them gets his little claws caught and gets stuck hanging by a few threads and screaming. Mom just looks at me stupidly as if to say "Do something!" If she only knew what I have in mind!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 10:14 PM

Geez...I'm in the doghouse now...........I just thought it was really sweet..........But let me say here and now that I think you're really a "hottie" to quote our old friend Matt. My gawd, you don't look a day over 60.....uh, 50.........er, make that 40.............no, lessee........27.... yeah, that's it.......27!!!

Besides, how could my kids think of you as a grannie when I'm..............uh, er...............well.............wait, got it..........27.......yeah, that'll work ........When I'm 27 too!!

This isn't going well........................

Luvya???

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 10:52 PM

Charcloth, good one. That reminds me of the Nursing Home gigs----we had a fellow who was 100+--the last survivor in this county of WWI. He was wheelchair bound, but still had "all his marbles" and my, how his blue eyes would twinkle.

Found out after quite a few "perfs" at the nursing home that he had been a player in a dance band after The War. My god, his daughter is 80+..........he died just this last November at 102. I still miss him. He did recieve the French Legion of Honor before he died from the French Ambassador---yea, right here in lil ole' Wyoming.

I will always miss you, Ed Reddifer. Your Obit should read

Still Sexy at 102


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Charcloth
Date: 15 Aug 01 - 12:18 AM

Sorcha, I have found that I get to meet some really neat people at nursing homes Charcloth


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Gypsy
Date: 15 Aug 01 - 11:28 AM

Spaw, yer an ambitious laddie, you are! ALL? Best comp for me was the recorded artist who wanted one of MY cds!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: SharonA
Date: 15 Aug 01 - 02:38 PM

"Your songs sound like something I'd expect to hear on Broadway." I get that one a LOT. Ya think it means anything?

The BEST one I ever got was from a high-school friend, written to me in my yearbook (before I'd EVER picked up a guitar, much less written a song): "You're a Cole Porter in a rock-and-roll world."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Justa Picker
Date: 15 Aug 01 - 03:27 PM

I'm reminded of a story told to me by a comedian friend of mine who claimed he did a show at a Monastery, and following the show, one of the monks approached him and breaking a 30 year vow of silence stated "you suck."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 15 Aug 01 - 11:10 PM

So, a... Peg? ...did you get lucky that night?

Is it a compliment when you sing a love song you just wrote, and all the jealousy-guys with their dates jabble you after the show?
Is it a compliment when everyone in the room seems to have a completely different revelation to a song you never quite knew the meaning of... (and You wrote it!)
I think the grandest compliment ever is that painful silence that lasts a little too long........ before the applause.
But my favorite one of all, is when the majority of the audience is sitting, smiling faintly, with closed eyes, and a room full of delicious enraptured wonder faces me with the stillness of a misty verdant impressionist landscape...

And to think I owe it all to a vivid dream world...ttr


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Peg
Date: 15 Aug 01 - 11:34 PM

Thomas; yes!

Nice description of all those varied silences and sounds which exemplify appreciation from an audience...


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 16 Aug 01 - 03:50 PM

Great Peg, just wondering...

Keep up the good work, and BTW, I'd love to hear you sing! What are your favorite songs? See Ya, ttr


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: guinnesschik
Date: 16 Aug 01 - 08:36 PM

I got the best compliment ever last weekend. A couple was watching us play and enjoying themselves immensely. At break, when I went over to greet them, I was told that our band was the first Celtic music they'd really listened to, and it had sent them on an odyssey to find and listen to as much as they possibly could. Then the lady says to me, "And you're still our favorite band!" I had permagrin for hours.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Peg
Date: 16 Aug 01 - 08:41 PM

very cool Guinnesschik!

Thomas; I mostly stick to traditional old ballads fromt he celtic countries; I like to sing in Irish and Gaelic, too. Mostly the sad, heartbreaking ones where everything goes bad; not many happy songs in this genre...


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 16 Aug 01 - 08:42 PM

1. Sharwood's Chutney Sauce
2. Mayonnaise
3. Tiger Sauce
4. H-P sauce
5. Ketchup


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Deni
Date: 17 Aug 01 - 03:55 AM

Picked up two new words from this thread, permagrin and jabble. But Thomas the R what on earth does Jabble mean, exactly.

Deni


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Lee Shore
Date: 17 Aug 01 - 04:04 AM

H.L. Mencken's greatest: "We must always respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense that we must respect his opinion that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart." To be compared to the Bard of Baltimore is indeed a great compliment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST,Rich (bodhránai gan cookie )
Date: 17 Aug 01 - 11:43 AM

I'm writing from a friend's computer in Chicago, hence no cookie.(I'm a guest here, too)

How about "I enjoyed your playing." or "I enjoyed playing with you."

None of this "Oh my God, you are sooooo fabulous" garbage. Musicians who want those kind of compliments, really oughta be in another type of music.

My $0.02,

Rich


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Peg
Date: 17 Aug 01 - 12:04 PM

good point Rich, but I do enjoy hearing "Ooooh, you're SOOOO fabulous on occasion!!!"

Peg


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Peg
Date: 17 Aug 01 - 12:06 PM

"Ooooh, you're SOOOO fabulous on occasion!!!"

Did I type that out loud?

Of course I meant to move the quote marks to read: "Ooooh, you're so fabulous!" on occasion...

Then again there is much truth and verity on the first example, I suppose...

Peg, feeling a bit stupid now


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST,Denise:^)
Date: 17 Aug 01 - 12:15 PM

I think my favorite was the guy who came up to me after I finished singing, and said, "I can tell YOU'VE never had any voice training!" He then proceeded to turn beet red, and stammer and mumble about "what he'd really meant was..."

I assured him that I understood what he'd meant, but I couldn't help laughing at the fix he'd gotten himself into!

Denise:^)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 17 Aug 01 - 08:08 PM

Hey Deni, the term 'jabble' is a word that I made up for that thread, right then... and it meant/means "the scorpion-like quality of a conversation that is undertaken with the sole purpose of delivering put-downs and back-handed compliments to the intended victim. I was at a loss for words, and this little pseudo-word popped up...

"you WROTE that?
"Nice song!"
"Do you have a day job, or is this all you do?"
"Do you have a CD?"
"That is the best version of that (trad) song I have ever heard"

...in my dreams...ttr


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Don Firth
Date: 18 Aug 01 - 04:49 PM

Walt Robertson had a friend named Cletus Otis Oakes (signed his name "CO2") who got married sometime back in the late Forties or early Fifties. John Lomax had known both the bride and the groom for years, and he came to the wedding. In the reception line after the wedding, Lomax looked the bride and groom over carefully, then said, "Well . . . you both could've done better!"

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Don Firth
Date: 18 Aug 01 - 04:56 PM

Just remembered another one.

Jean Redpath once said (after years of singing concerts and making recordings) that after a concert a woman said to her, "You have such a lovely voice! Have you ever thought of doing something with it?"

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: MichaelM
Date: 18 Aug 01 - 05:56 PM

By a Restoration author whose name escapes me "Come into the garden; I should like my roses to see you."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Bert
Date: 18 Aug 01 - 11:43 PM

And then there's the time you see someone quietly wiping away a tear.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST,Member Temporarily Nameless
Date: 19 Aug 01 - 11:00 PM

OK I give up, I'll tell, tho you would probably not believe it if I used my Mudcat name to tell you.

Lying on a mattress under a sklylight in the attic of a Boston brownstone, years ago, I heard the following:

"You" (huff huff) "are" (puff puff) "such" (HUFF) "a" (HUFF) "great" (PUFF!) "F***!!!!" (HUFFPUFFHUFFPUFF!!!)

*G*

Well, I am!

*G*


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Peg
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 12:56 AM

isn't this supposed to be about musical compliments?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 01:29 AM

Sadly,... yes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 02:23 AM

Where does it say THAT?? Read the first posts!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 02:57 AM

I'm not exactly a prude; but really
Talk of pillow'd talk is chilly
Count the times love has been sworn
And luridized with clothes unworn

And yet the morning comes too soon
With trophies won, a different tune
Lust is fun, but loving; kind
To romance, lust might not remind

Anyhow, who when and if't
What's said at climax is a gift
But sharing such and such for measure
Brings me sadness; little pleasure...


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Peg
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 11:03 AM

ah, yes, it was about general compliments, you're right. Still, kind of crude, self-indulgent post from the temporarily nameless one...


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Art Thieme
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 01:00 AM

Utah Phillips once introduced me as "the man who did for folk music what pantyhose did for sex"

But here is my actual favorite...

A fellow came up to me in a bar in Madison, Wisconsin and told me that a song I'd put on my first LP, Don Lange's "Here's To You Rounders", saved his marriage.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Peg
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 01:04 AM

great quote from Utah, Art! (though I am trying to figure out what it means, exactly)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 11:30 AM

Both the best and worst compliment I have ever heard about.

Chet Atkins was on a cruise ship. Someone asks him what he does. He says he plays guitar. He plays a tune or two for the guy who says "You are good but you are no Chet Atkins."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 11:42 AM

When filling out one of those aweful internet questionaire things one of the questions was 'say something nice about the person who sent you this'. My sister said I was a 'Joy Bringer'. I was really touched, and she told me that she had always thought of me that way since we were kids. Ah - innit sweet.
Judith has lived in Japan for the last 17 years and I'm in UK so we don't often meet. It was just so nice for her to say such a lovely thing. Its my secret cheer-up tool now whenever I am feeling particularly crap.
I felt a bit of a git though, as I hadn't said anything nearly as nice about her.....

As far as musical compliments go - some people we were passing the night with with on a festival campsite asked me to send them a tape. I was really embarassed. Gave me a real lift though..
Someone else said he'd buy my CD to play to his friends. When I said I don't have one, he just said he was sure I would have one day & he could wait.
Mark reckons people are just being nice when they say things like that. Hmm - I like nice people. I wish I was as nice.

Kris


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Diva
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 12:13 PM

This was a compliment from my now ex husband.... "I like you, you're plain" and he really could'nt understand why I wasn't thrilled. The nicest compliment about my singing was from a friend who is a singer of some acclaim and he said I was an inutuitve singer... now that I WAS thrilled with.

Diva


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Diva
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 12:16 PM

hehehe...... intuitive

Diva


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Greenbean
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 12:22 PM

When I was four, the crazy neighbor lady (who used to yell at her grown bachelor son all day long--one of my earliest memories is the phrase "Gottdamm you, Willie!" wafting down the road to our house) toddled by as I was sitting on the fence and told my mom "You know, she's smarter than she looks!"

A week ago, a friend's mom was visiting as my Celtic/Bluegrass band practiced and told me afterwards, "You've got a great voice! You should work at Disneyworld!" I knew she meant well. I think.

I seem to attract what I like to think of as the "humbling compliment."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Knappo
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:51 AM

"Hey,you guys don't suck". A co-worker of mine after seeing our trio for the first time.

Also, a lady of about 80 with Alzhimers stood and "danced" about a foot away, staring at me while I sang a couple of tunes and fought off anyone who attempted to move her back a little bit. She had the biggest smile after that.

Knappo


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Diva
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 02:36 PM

Ohhh I've just had one......on telling a friend I was wearing my new mudcat tee shirt,I was told "I bet you fill it well" BLUSH


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 03:08 PM

"I meant to tell you at the time, I felt a lot better after we last talked."


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