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GUEST,Acorn4 Amnesia (30) Amnesia 04 Apr 08

Sorry if this is reviving an old thread, but I've only signed onto Mudcat three weeks ago -I've had a look at the database and can find things related but now specific on his topic, but if I'm wrong please redirect me.

FORGETTING THE WORDS - we've all done it - apparently Bob Dylan once forgot the words of "Blowing in the Wind".

There are three stages to a song. learning how it goes, learning to sing it and learning to perform it. Unfortunately many of us are reaching that stage of life when those "little grey cells" aren't what they were, and I've been in so many singarounds recently when things collapse at stage one. What is preferable -to have the words on the table "just in case" of a memory lapse or make a gallant attempt to memorise the song and risk that "out of memory" message during verse 5? I realise that in a singaround, it's not strictly a "performance" but more of a sharing of a song, but on no end of occasions I've got immersed in a particular rendition only to hear the performer interject "Oh, I've lost it!" - I can remember songs that I learned when I was 25 perfectly, but ones I learned last week, no chance . I actually write songs myself and forget the words. I've adopted a compromise and just have the words on the table as a "safety net", not looking at them unless the brain has one of those out of body experiences that lead to this amnesia.

I don't actually have strong views one way or the other on this but thought it might be an interesting starting point for a thread.

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