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Thread #103196   Message #2099562
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
11-Jul-07 - 05:25 AM
Thread Name: Is there a 'Childs' songbook
Subject: RE: Is there a 'Childs' songbook
The very fact that many singers thought it necessary to fit different tunes to ballads or write their own is an indication that a lot of existing ones were not altogether inspiring.

Many ballads were collected without tunes anyway; whether this was an indication that they weren't very good or that the collectors weren't skilled in notation is a matter for speculation. Probably both.

Obviously not all Bronson's published tunes are crap but many can be, and have been, bettered.