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GUEST,mgarvey@pacifier.com Singing from books: Why? (119* d) RE: Singing from books: Why? 13 Apr 02


I have no quarrel with people having lyric sheets for themselves, or even the book...if they use it for themselves. If they do not announce the page number, wait for people to find it, group themselves around it...if you need to use it, use it, but realize there are some situations where you just probably shouldn't..it's like baseball..sometimes everyone plays together, then there are various leagues. I would definitely say in big groups, like a party, or tavern..they don't belong..know the song or sing in the chorus or hum the tune. in a song circle, everyone should be more tolerant. I think a lot of people like the communal aspects, the sharing or whatever, more than the actual sound of the music. Then it makes sense to use the books. If you like the music more, it truly suffers from the books. I know I was stunned last year when there was a woman (JK) who is a one of kind singer at a camp last year. We were so delighted she was finally there..and these other women would just keep imposing these blue book songs on her, not realizing what they were missing...but I realized their goal was not the sound of the music but maybe their participation in it..which is not bad..it is just personal..Hopefully everyone can find their own niche. mg


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