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Posted By: Edmond
30-Aug-07 - 05:02 AM
Thread Name: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
Thank you all for that - I thought my Miss Pringle shtik was original.

An example of the 'collective Folk memory' in action ?

I remember 'Donkey Riding', too. The primary school I attended - St Custard's, Cotton Lane, Withington - put on a concert for Coronation year. The childrens' choir sang 'Donkey Riding' first, and we were commanded to smile whilst singing it. Imagine the lyric being mangled by 40 -odd grimacing bratten.

'Donkey Riding'was followed by 'Greensleeves', that ghastly 'Alas my love' version, where we were exhorted to smile, but not as broadly as we smiled in 'Donkey Riding'. This isn't drift (at least I don't think so :-) - we learned 'Donkey Riding' from 'Singing Together'.

Bryn Pugh