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Posted By: Brian Peters
22-May-11 - 07:20 AM
Thread Name: What exactly does 'Sing in your own voice' mean?
Subject: RE: What exactly does 'Sing in your own voice' mean?
"ITS NOT JUST A MATTER OF TASTE IT IS INAPPROPRIATE"

Inappropriate is a value judgement, Dick. I don't particularly like Peter Pears' renditions of folk songs either. But the versions by Sam Larner et al of songs that had been the popular music of 150 years before, represent only a snapshot of the history of the way those songs have been sung over many generations. And although I love listening to those renditions, much prefer them to certain other ways of singing the same material, and have my own ideas about how I like to perform traditional songs in 2011, if pressed on the point of principle I'd say that 'Voice of the People' style performances are no more definitive than '18th century theatrical', 'Cecil Sharpian', '1970s folkie', 'folk-rock', 'psych-folk' or whatever-the-hell-you-like alternative ways of singing old songs.