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Thread #141683   Message #3262662
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
24-Nov-11 - 09:26 AM
Thread Name: Chorus songs for ballad singers
Subject: RE: Chorus songs for ballad singers
and when she didn't know the words, she hummed the tune, also quite audibly - a singer of long enough experience to know better - or does that type of happen often in the UK?

Yes. So much so I've often thought of petitioning for a change in arms laws to allow for the offing of the more persistent offenders. They do it to demonstrate that they know the song too, generally in all innocence of the stress and misery they cause, and when you tell them to stop they're invariably quick to take offence. One chap even persisted in singing a different version across mine in a singaround because he insisted his was the more authentic! Otherwise perfectly decent folkies will persistently ruin great songs by singing along with those they know for reasons I can never figure out. I can cope with the 'Air Singers' who will mime along to the songs, eyes closed, without uttering a sound, though in a recent rendering of The Land I became so fixated with the Air Singer I lost track of where I was in the song... The people, Lord, Thy people...