Mudcat Café message #3620922 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #154305   Message #3620922
Posted By: GUEST,Anne Neilson
21-Apr-14 - 04:57 PM
Thread Name: Tam Lin (Child #39-I)
Subject: RE: Tam Lin (Child #39-I)
And to respond to Guest above - I'm entirely with you: a ballad like Lord Randall or Son David or Lizzie Wan with lots of repetition needs a good story-telling singer to bring emotional differentiation to the inevitable progression towards the final resolution, so that the audience is prepared to accept the delay in arriving at the final outcome.

But a ballad like Tam Lin needs - IMHO - a rather different narrative drive: there is certainly some formulaic repetition, but the whole narrative is 'rushing' towards a solution rather than delaying it, and so a singer needs command of pace and energy sooner than the sonority which would be more appropriate in Lord Randall.

I'm really enjoying this exchange -- even though we've moved quite a bit sideways from the original post!