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Thread #60984   Message #3970639
Posted By: Tattie Bogle
08-Jan-19 - 05:08 PM
Thread Name: Learning and remembering the words..
Subject: RE: Learning and remembering the words..
Well, I do try, and I think I have about 50 songs I can do without words in front of me, confident in leading the song, but another 1000 or so where I really know all the words, but only if someone else is singing it!
I don't generally object to people having to use song sheets, whether in an informal session or even a professional performance (as suggested by Desi C above, so long as that use is the occasional glance down/unobtrusive.
I was however a bit gobsmacked to see on one of yesterday's Antique Roadshow TV programmes, somewhere in the SE of England, a wee diversion into shanty singing, getting the antiques dealers involved in it too, but singing with music stands and words in front of the whole group: first they sang "John Kanaka naka" then went on to "Drunken Sailor". Now, fair enough to let the antique dealers, possibly virgins at shanty singing, have a copy of the words, but the rest of them.....who professed to be regular shanty singers? The lead singer even had to glance down at his music stand for the first line of "What shall we do with the drunken sailor"! I mean, come on, lads.......!!