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Thread #166098   Message #3991313
Posted By: Joe Offer
07-May-19 - 02:32 PM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
I suppose the best-known ballad singer in California, is Lani Herrmann (now mostly in Hawaii, I think). As a graduate student, Lani did the music notation for Bronson's The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads, and she really knows how to make a ballad interesting. I once asked her why we don't hear many of the Robin Hood ballads. Her response: "Well, you know, some of them are really boring."

There's a lot of truth in that. Many of the ballads in Child's canon are just plain boring. Others tell such fascinating stories that they have been performed over and over again, in countless versions.

So, for people to enjoy ballads, they need to have:
  1. A good singer
  2. A good ballad

Keep that in mind.