Mudcat Café message #1429723 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78907   Message #1429723
Posted By: Ferrara
08-Mar-05 - 11:19 AM
Thread Name: 'Learned from the singing of...' ?
Subject: RE: 'Learned from the singing of...' ?
Breton Cap, that sounds perfect to me. You supplied information about the origins of the song in a perfectly straightforward way.

There are three reasons this comes up. Sometimes, as you just did, people want to be sure they credit another performer or songwriter. Sometimes , especially with a version of a trad song, the audience is interested in its history & origins. That's one place where I think it can be appropriate to say "I learned this from the singing of ...." but also to give the area where the song came from if possible. And the third situation is where people want to find someplace they can go to learn the song. Something like, "Bob Roberts sang this, it's in the Voices of the People collection." Or "Ian and Sylvia sang this, it's on their ... album."