Mudcat Café message #909095 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57624   Message #909095
Posted By: denise:^)
13-Mar-03 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
Subject: RE: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
In response to Joe's comments on people 'shooting down' songs that they don't like, or approve--
We had a woman in our group, wonderful in many respects, but she decided that "Lord of the Dance" was a terrible song, and no one should sing it.

She had no trouble introducing songs in HER native language, or songs that reflected HER beliefs, but she had a fit about other people asking for this one--and she could be VERY pushy, and make her opinions known QUITE vocally.

Now, we had a woman in our group, too, who was particularly attached to "Lord of..."   She learned it from her mother as a child, and they used to sing it together before her mother died of a brain tumor when she was in high school.

I just sort-of stepped in, and said that if we were giving people choices, then they got their choice, and those who wished to could sing along. If not, you could *not* sing along--but bashing other people's choices was NOT an acceptable alternative.

I got a little grumbling, but it became the standard practice. (Most folks sing everything.)

Now, I have a little trouble singing, "Banks of the Ohio." Senseless carnage, if you ask me... (but I'll let you sing it if you want!;^)