Mudcat Café message #911651 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57624   Message #911651
Posted By: reggie miles
16-Mar-03 - 11:29 PM
Thread Name: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
Subject: RE: Do you need to *believe* what you sing?
There are as many reasons to sing songs out there as there are songs that have been written. Songs need to be sung or they become resigned to obscurity. It's our lot in life to sing them, we who choose to research, find, write and/or play them. If a song isn't sung who will hear it's message, whatever that message may be. The message can be read but then is it a song? It may be poetry. What if no one recites the poem? We give an essential spirit, a piece of ourselves that becomes part of the telling or singing, to that which we sing or recite. Without that spirit the words can still be read but some of the meaning can be lost or misinterpreted. Do we need to exactly mimic an authors intent or belief in our interpretation of any given work? Well I think that depends upon the work in question and who is doing the interpretation. The truth is there are no hard and fast rules to any of this. All an author can do is give birth to his work. No one can or should try to control it beyond that. Trying to do so will only invite disappointment. Any and all messages can become warped or twisted for good or bad by interpretation. Case in point, our religious institutions and their dogmas.

I say sing what you want and laugh at life's attempts to get the best of you.