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Thread #58902   Message #935109
Posted By: Coyote Breath
16-Apr-03 - 09:04 PM
Thread Name: Singing in dialect
Subject: RE: Folklore: Singing in dialect
Sometimes it is not up to the performer to determine whether what they are doing is OK no matter how they feel about it. Case in point: I learned "The Handsome Cabin Boy" accidentally by having to listen over and over again to a Folk Music Club member sing it (no doubt it was a "favorite" and they felt very OK with it) The reason that the song "stuck" in my mind was when they did sing it, it was in a "dialect" that sounded so awful as to be painful to listen to.

I refrain from singing blues (I'll PLAY, tho) because I simply can't SOUND like a blues singer. If I tried it would be terrible AND possibly insulting.

I love "Dodi Li" and "Karev Yom" but NEVER sing them in public even though my hebrew "accent" is pretty good. But I WILL sing "Hava Naghila" and with gusto (and on the banjo).

Use common sense, sez I.

I had a guy ask me where I was from not long ago. "Missouri", I answered. He said; "Naw I mean originally, that ain't much of a Missouri accent". "I was born and raised in Wisconsin" I said. "Yup", he said, "I thought it was SOMEwhere up north."

Beware when "using" a regional accent or dialect, that guy might be in the audience. I haven't lived in Wisconsin since 1962!