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Ship'scat Shallow Brown - how to sing it well?? (47) RE: Shallow Brown 07 Feb 01


Ahh Shallow Brown. The lore of our group included a Fast Shallow (starts with A Yankee boat ....) and a Slow Shallow (an ode to Juliana).

The fast shallow was in the category of a two pull halliard shanty with a vision of just enough time to set you hands between the two shallow.

The slow shallow was in our category of high callorie, fattening shanties in which we pruposefully milked the length and sweetness of the harmonies well beyond anything you could work to. I personnaly love those opportunities, particularly when it does represent a change/mix up with high energy (not nescessarily fast) shanties. Going between swet and sweat.

As to Dan's comments on "lip synching", we certainly used this within the group. For "conducting" audiences some of us resorted to more expressive body language to get communicate that its time to stop doing one thing and do something else. The odd broad jesture here and there can work wonders. Shantying without some kind of movement is, well just singing, not shantying. Moderation and minimalism are the watch words to keep it from looking really silly.

KC King, The Boarding Party


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