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Thread #106635   Message #2205734
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
30-Nov-07 - 03:20 PM
Thread Name: Songbooks: Book of lesser known trad. songs?
Subject: RE: Book of lesser known trad. songs?
Art, Song Fest was my father's book of choice for a lot of songs also. When he died he had a number of "go bags" (backpacks) around the house for various music expeditions, depending on where he was headed. In the pack that was either in his car or next to the computer was his old copy of Song Fest. I think it was one of the first books he brought home, after the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

But whatever the book, Dad was one of those folks who hated it when someone who was performing a song had to look at the book to sing it. If you're going to sing it in public you need to know it well enough to sing without the book. (Which is why he hated Rise Up Singing--too many people used it that way.)