Mudcat Café message #3901836 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163465   Message #3901836
Posted By: CupOfTea
25-Jan-18 - 10:06 PM
Thread Name: 'Owned' songs
Subject: RE: 'Owned' songs
I've been following this thread with interest. Mostly vicarious interest. While there was one now defunct session where a guy felt he "owned" anything related to Pete Seeger and took umbrage when we wanted to sing rather than hear his 5 minute introductionary story of "Pete and me."

What I feel is wistfulness akin to envy that you have groups and places where you get together and sing often enough that you even HAVE this issue. Do you know how fortunate you are? For years I've tried to get that sort of singing going, but I'm not star attraction material, and have had occasional small successes, but they don't build.

Having had the pleasure of singing in places where certain songs go best with certain people, I am of the camp who thinks it is a courtesy and respect issue that is situationally defendant, rather than yes/no. When I sing a song I "got"' from someone, I introduce its lineage, and have found people here to usually be plesantly surprised by that. That what you sing, or what version you sing, is a part of a living tradition, and sharing, rather than hoarding, suits me best.

Joanne in Cleveland