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Jack (who is called Jack) BS: Why Johnnie Can't Sing (56* d) RE: BS: Why Johnnie Can't Sing 16 Sep 99

To me, the thing were discussing doesn't have anything to do with 'instrumental' or 'non-instrumental' singing.

My perception is that there was a time when singing was a natural public social behavior, and learning to sing those songs was part of integrating into ones society. People would sing at work, at play, at home, in church. They'd sing to entertain each other. They'd sing to make work go faster. They'd sing because singing was fun, it made them feel better, it lifted their mood. Singing was no different than telling a joke, or passing around a photograph of ones family, or telling a story. It was just something one did.

Decades ago Pink Floyd ended one of their albums with a field recording of a packed stadium of english soccer fans all singing their team song at a match (I think the song was 'You'll never walk along'). The gusto and passion of all those voices rising and falling together still gives me chills. It stirs a longing to be there with them adding my voice to the thunder. I think this feeling is unrealted to a love of music or desire to perform or be entertained. It was the need to make that joyful noise, to sound my Barbaric Yawp, to howl at the moon and laugh in creation's face.

So when I contemplate the fact that people aren't singing in public for its own sake anymore, I don't ask myself "Are we not musicians?', I ask myself 'Are we not human?'

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