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Thread #66084   Message #1095152
Posted By: Joybell
17-Jan-04 - 07:02 PM
Thread Name: Is this song appropriate?: Slap Her Down Again Paw
Subject: RE: Is this tune appropriate?: Slap Her Down Again Paw
Dear Bill, Me sweet and happy? *grin a few times over* I don't actually sing many "sweet, happy songs" at all.
Songs like "The Wee Cooper of Fife" and other songs that condone what I see as unacceptable behaviour are not part of my repertoire but I certainly would not have them eradicated, nor do I expect any other singer to conform to my personal standards. The song that started this discussion does put the singer into the position of family member encouraging unnacceptable behavior and I wouldn't sing it.
Funny that I've come across as a singer of sweet,happy songs. I've never really cared for them on the whole. The stories are boring for a start and they date quickly. As well I rather like the contrast between my rather sweet-sounding voice (not to mention my name) and really dark and terrible songs about death and pain and sadness. I do rather favour songs that have happy-sounding melodies - merry dance tunes, but that tell grim stories using strong images. Ballads like "Lamkin" and "The Cruel Sister". It's the contrast I like. I also sing 19th Century parlour songs of the sad variety. Very few of the comic ones appeal to me. My mind has always wandered around inside the folktales of the Grimms Brothers, the Child Ballads, and through lonely graveyards full of dead lovers. Sweet, happy songs? Joy though.