mudcat.org: how many songs in your repertoire?
Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

Post to this Thread - Printer Friendly - Home
Page: [1] [2]


how many songs in your repertoire?

GUEST,Anne Croucher 15 Jul 04 - 09:33 PM
Blackcatter 15 Jul 04 - 09:44 PM
Blackcatter 15 Jul 04 - 09:44 PM
Bert 15 Jul 04 - 09:57 PM
Deckman 15 Jul 04 - 09:59 PM
Blackcatter 15 Jul 04 - 10:04 PM
hesperis 15 Jul 04 - 10:34 PM
The Villan 16 Jul 04 - 04:02 AM
Leadfingers 16 Jul 04 - 05:31 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 16 Jul 04 - 06:01 AM
Joybell 16 Jul 04 - 06:15 AM
kendall 16 Jul 04 - 06:47 AM
curmudgeon 16 Jul 04 - 07:17 AM
breezy 16 Jul 04 - 07:19 AM
Splott Man 16 Jul 04 - 08:09 AM
breezy 16 Jul 04 - 08:11 AM
GUEST,MMario 16 Jul 04 - 08:42 AM
The Villan 16 Jul 04 - 09:42 AM
Flash Company 16 Jul 04 - 10:10 AM
breezy 16 Jul 04 - 10:20 AM
Alaska Mike 16 Jul 04 - 10:33 AM
Joe Offer 16 Jul 04 - 12:00 PM
TheBigPinkLad 16 Jul 04 - 12:31 PM
Big Al Whittle 16 Jul 04 - 12:32 PM
Blackcatter 16 Jul 04 - 12:50 PM
GUEST,belter 16 Jul 04 - 05:48 PM
GUEST,Anne Croucher 16 Jul 04 - 05:51 PM
Joybell 16 Jul 04 - 06:52 PM
Tattie Bogle 16 Jul 04 - 07:05 PM
Cap't Bob 16 Jul 04 - 07:44 PM
Mudlark 16 Jul 04 - 08:18 PM
GUEST,Anne Croucher 16 Jul 04 - 08:42 PM
Cap't Bob 16 Jul 04 - 09:20 PM
Bert 16 Jul 04 - 10:17 PM
GUEST,By title, by hour, by GB...? 16 Jul 04 - 11:19 PM
GUEST,Anne Croucher 17 Jul 04 - 09:18 AM
Mudlark 17 Jul 04 - 01:19 PM
GUEST,Anne Croucher 17 Jul 04 - 03:46 PM
Genie 17 Jul 04 - 05:02 PM
Joybell 17 Jul 04 - 11:32 PM
GUEST,Anne Croucher 18 Jul 04 - 12:58 PM
kendall 18 Jul 04 - 04:31 PM
Mr Happy 18 Jul 04 - 08:25 PM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Jul 04 - 12:41 AM
GUEST, Hamish 19 Jul 04 - 03:07 AM
erinmaidin 19 Jul 04 - 03:30 AM
GUEST,Sooz (at work) 19 Jul 04 - 08:11 AM
vectis 19 Jul 04 - 11:35 AM
GUEST,Anne Croucher 19 Jul 04 - 03:26 PM
GUEST,belter 20 Jul 04 - 02:18 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:






Subject: how many songs/tunes in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:33 PM

I decided to make a copy of all the songs I sing, or have sung, in the version I use, putting in the guitar chords and capo placing if any, before my memory gets so bad I can't do it right.

I am at around 250 and still counting as I remember songs I used to sing with those already written into the repertory.

I am 53 now, still have the song book I started as a student back in 1969 (though it burst out of its original ring binder years ago) - and the same ol' Framus 'Texan' guitar - the only neck I've found I can get my hand around to make an F chord.

Is my collection of songs average? Unusual? Or do most people not bother to count?

Anne


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:44 PM

I sing, don't play guitar. And I play tin whistle.

Singing: 250+ song memorized, 600 or so that I can sing with lyrics in front of me well enough not to embarass myself on stage.

Whistle: 30 or so I can play well enough. I've only been playing for 4 years or so. Not much for practicing.

--------------------

And I remember in college my humanities profs saying the age of bards has long past. I could safely sing for over 8 hours without anything more than a list of songs to remind me which ones I have memorized. Oddly enough my phone number is the only one I know by heart.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:44 PM

By the way, I'm 38.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Bert
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:57 PM

Anne, I have a similar song book that has just over 400 songs in it. A few of those were put in so that I would have the words to learn.

But I know most of them.

That does not include an awful lot of songs that I know, but don't perform and don't intend to perform.

At 65 I've got a few years on you though.


Blackcatter, that's an impressive tally.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Deckman
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 09:59 PM

About 2,800, last count, several years ago. But you need to remember ... I'm VERY old. Bob


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 10:04 PM

And only half of them are tv theme songs ;)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: hesperis
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 10:34 PM

Not enough. ;)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: The Villan
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 04:02 AM

0

I just listen and enjoy.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 05:31 AM

When I first started singing Folk Songs i thought that the more songs I knew the easier it would be , but realised when I started doing set lists for bookings , that the really hard part is which songs do you leave out !! I stopped counting when my list of songs topped the five hundred mark , and that did NOT include all the songs I have learned by osmosis and never actually written down.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 06:01 AM

Like Leadfingers I stopped counting. I find that if I hear someone sing a song it will remind me of something lost in the ether of my mind, just a word will do it, and I find myself singing a song I haven't sung for perhaps 20 years. My wife of 25 years is still amazed when I pull out a song she has never heard me sing before.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Joybell
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 06:15 AM

True-love and I have both picked up songs by osmosis since we were first able to talk. We've both learned others at a fair pace since childhood. It's what singers do. Between us that's 125 years of picking up songs. We both stopped counting about 20 years ago. We don't dare do another count because it might remind us of how many songs we've forgotten. Joy


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: kendall
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 06:47 AM

500 or so


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: curmudgeon
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:17 AM

About 25 years ago, I counted up to about 800+. I've added a few more since. Of course I can't always remember what's on the list -- Tom


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: breezy
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:19 AM

bout 200 recorded
Working rep is about 75 but constantly evolving with songs being left behind that may be revisited at a later date.
Latest songs are from the works of George Papavgeris from whom Andy Irvine, Vin Garbutt, Cloudstreet, Roy Bailey, Johnny Collins have dipped and Harvey Andrews wishes he'ld written.
Have any of you got any of George's in your song list?
if not then you aint doing your homework.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Splott Man
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 08:09 AM

It's funny, isn't it, about instant recall of songs long assumed forgotten.

I've kept a list of just titles of each song I've learnt since the mid 60s. Some of which I now have no idea about. I remember a period back then when I would learn 3 songs a week to keep my floor spot fresh, I can't do that any more. However, a couple of years ago, a few of us in Cardiff felt we had been complacent about our respective repertoires and decided to debut a new song each per month at our local club, we kept it up for over a year.
It was a really useful exercise for me as I now have 3 distinct repertoires to keep fresh.

I remember a letter in Melody Maker many years ago from Don MacLean responding to a critical article about him in a previous issue, in which, as an aside, he claimed to be able to recall upwards of 6000 songs. Now THAT's a memory!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: breezy
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 08:11 AM

and they were are called American Pie


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 08:42 AM

heck - half the time (or more) I don't recall that I know a song until someone else starts to sing it.

There are quite a few I can sing if I have the lyrics - never counted - many I can sing along to; many more I can sing chorus to but don't know the verses.

a pitful few I can do from memory


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: The Villan
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 09:42 AM

hey Breezy, I hope you are not going to sing Georges numbers when you come up here. We don't want to hear George singing the same thing when he comes up.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Flash Company
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 10:10 AM

I have this sort of photographic memory for lyrics, the trouble being that it isn't selective. I remember songs I wish I could forget sometimes! They sneak back into my head and haunt me for days.
If I am only counting songs that I used to sing when I had a full set of lungs, I would guess at about 300, but the others! Oh how I wish I could forget them!

FC


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: breezy
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 10:20 AM

With some of Georges choruses your club will be grateful of an extra opportunity to get to grips with them.

I do em good, better than the man hisself even, if I may be so modest


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 10:33 AM

I'm not sure exactly how many songs I know. I can tell you that I once sang for over 8 hours without repeating any songs. we were enjoying some nice weather while sitting around a campfire at a music festival. But that was before I started writing my own songs, so I'm sure I could probably go for a longer period now, if I wasn't so old and in need of regular naps.

Mike


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 12:00 PM

I was a song leader for the Cub Scouts until about ten years ago. I counted up my songs one time, and was surprised to find I had about three hundred committed to memory. The Scouts got on a kick where they wanted me to center on songs from their two official songbooks, and I kind of drifted away and started singing grown-up songs. I find I'm either too old or too lazy to memorize new songs, so I use "cheat sheets" for the new ones. I'm reputed to know all 1200 songs in the oft-maligned Rise Up Singing Songbook, but it isn't true.
But I was proud of those 300 camp songs, even if parents considered some of them to be obnoxious.
-Joe Offer-


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 12:31 PM

I know the first line of millions ...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 12:32 PM

the thing is....to remember the one you're singing!

I have found.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Blackcatter
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 12:50 PM

That is the real trick. I can sing a song dead perfect a half-hour before a gig and may just stumble while singing it on stage. I don't know what it is - I'm certainly not nervous or anything like that.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,belter
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 05:48 PM

I've got a list of about 400 songs I've memorized, some of wich I've forgoten. I'm sure there's a much larger number that I could sing along with given a printed lyrics and in some cases just w/ some one to lead me. My memory doesn't really catch all the detail, and I had to work for the ones I've got down.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 05:51 PM

Don't worry about it Blackcatter - it is the difference between performance and just singing. If you didn't react to being in front of an audience it would probably indicate a lack of something in your character - like empathy maybe.

Hey - empathy isn't in the 1947 version of the pocket Oxford dictionary, it goes from empanel to emperor. Obviously not currrent English at the time.

I am searching old casettes and even plotting to persuade my single speed tape recorder - of the reel to reel sort, to play my ancient, slow speed tapes - they were made from cut up conputer tape so it was good stuff even though it was cheap - it worked last time I checked and it was 20 years old then and it has lasted far far better than the cassettes, but then they were never intended to last decades.

I already found Barry Dransfield's 'There's gold in the channel'- I wonder how many songs I will end up with.

Wonderful thing the Human brain - that is what I say when I get back from the shops without the sugar I went down there to buy, but still managed to spend £50.

Anne


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Joybell
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 06:52 PM

Oh yes, Flash Company, it is the ones you can't forget that cause the biggest problem. "We're happy little vegemites..." "I like Aeroplane jelly" "Be a clown be a clown..."
Do you get triggered by things people say, just single words sometimes, and sign posts and experiences? True-love and I trigger songs in each other's heads all the time too. It's Bedlam inside my head sometimes. Most times!
I was 2 when I first noticed. Ran about the house for days with my hands over my ears screaming "Make them go away!!" Luckily my mother hadn't had a two-year-old before and was too afraid of me to do anything about it. Joy


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:05 PM

I "know" thousands of songs, but like Mmario, there are precious few that I can sing from start to finish without consulting the words or forgetting any. The ones in my performance repertoire rarely have more than 5 verses! But if someone else is singing/leading the song, I can usually sing along. Learining words by heart, even of those I have sung for years, is my problem.
Whereas tunes....different story, no problem, so I reckon I have an audiographic memory, but definitely not a photographic one!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:44 PM

My problem is that I can't seem to remember what songs I know. It's a whole lot easier to remember the words and tunes than their names.    I made up a master list of songs and tunes that our band plays on a fairly regular basis and that is around 125.

Think I'll start a tunes/song folder on the computer and include the key. In a year or so I'll check back with you....

Cap't Bob


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Mudlark
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 08:18 PM

Like the aging druggie, when asked just how many drugs HAD he taken, after a long, thoughtful pause said...."LOTS." I've been singing folk songs for about 40 years, and 30's-40's tunes for longer than that (altho rarely, with my folkie chords, can I accompany myself). I have no idea how many songs I know, but I'll bet half of them I'd not be very interested in singing any more.
Just because I know tom Dooley doesn't mean I want to sing it any more! I do find it harder to memorize, these days, the only way I really like to sing...so like Splott Man, I've been making a conscious effort to learn 2-3 new ones/month.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 08:42 PM

Ah now the ones I know are a different matter - the first thing I ever recorded on the 4 track stereo reel to reel tape recorder was by Jo Brown and had the refrain 'concerto in you for comb and cazoo'- ARGGG!!!

The second thing was Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf.

Then there were all the old records on the wind up gramophone - after the ball is over, When father papered the parlour, Blue Danube by Spike Jones and the City Slickers. (Oh the Danube is not blue - it's green!!)

I have learned avoid the Eurovision Song Contest - but an erase button would be a blessing - the first to go would be 'We are the Ovaltinies' closely followed by the version of 'Abdul the Bulbul Emir' I know. It was only recently that I discovered that there was a version of the latter which wasn't rude.   

Anne


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 09:20 PM

".....the Danube has another hue - who me you - its time we all came clean --- B O --- Oh the Danube isn't blue - it's green".

Darn, now there's another one...

Cap't Bob


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Bert
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 10:17 PM

'We are the Ovaltinies' You must have listened to Radio Luxemburg.

Where's our CD reviewer Mike? He claims to know all the songs there are except two. (And I think he does)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,By title, by hour, by GB...?
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 11:19 PM

Couldn't resist this thread as I update my PalmPilot for Pinewoods Folk Music Week ;-). I started a FileMaker database back around 1991 as an index to a shelf of looseleaf notebooks that was getting out of hand. The current version is a master lyric DB of 1275 songs (as of this instant), linked to around 20 individual set lists with an additional several hundred titles, so that I can quickly add new songs and check to see if I've already got the lyrics. Over the years I've geeked it up with maintenance macros (duplicate check, spell check with custom dictionary, Need Lyrics search and sort), page layouts, custom songbook-merge templates in Word, and most recently a link to the most recent export of my iTunes XML file (3718 songs, 39.1 days, 22.7 GB).

Ah, you say, but how many of those can you actually SING? From memory? Probably 400-600 at any given time. Some recent metrics:
* at Old Songs 2004, I and my duo partner Ken Mattsson sang for nine hours straight with Jim Pfau and Denise Kania, repeating only 3 songs (and yes, that was one song after another, not workshop-circle style, though we were pulling from 4 people's reps)
*My ex-husband and I used to play "Song Geography" in the car: one would sing a song with a place name, the other had to sing a song with a place name that had the LAST letter of the first song's place name (any place name was fair game)--we did this for a 2-hour drive each way once a week
* On an all-night drive from central Saskatchewan to Calgary, I kept myself awake from midnight to 7 am by singing anything I could remember, no repeats allowed
* Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society performs from a repertoire of 75 songs and 100 tunes
* our monthly whisky and singing circle, the Single Malt and Song Society, has a songbook of 110 songs, almost all of which I can sing from memory at 3 am not sober
* every year I dust off all 42 verses of Tam Lin at midnight on Hallowe'en, no cheat sheet

Sounds like I'm boasting here, but actually it's kind of fun to tally it up. I've always suffered from Velcro brain, and it's a treat to meet a new friend that can sing me under the table with something I've never heard. David Parry was famous for that--at the dog-end of an all-night sing, while the rest of us mumbled through Bright Morning Stars Are Rising, he could pull out The Cruise of the Bigler word-perfect and at speed, and not on his first pint either.

Boy, do I know the "song trigger" phenomenon! The inside of my head has a sound track. What's often amusing is that the trigger will be subconscious, for example a street sign, that I won't notice but that will set off a tune in my head. By the time the words surface, I'm into the second or third verse and wonder why I'm humming "Fennario," because somewhere back there I saw a turn to Peggy Lane.

I do notice I'm slipping as I cross the mid-latitudes (coming up on 45 degrees, heading south...) It does take more conscious effort than it used to. But the brain is a curious thing for storing songs. They do fall in one ear and out the other...

Lynn Noel
www.lynnoel.com


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 09:18 AM

My mum was an Ovaltinie - she used to sing 'Dashing away with a smoothing iron' 'Johnny's so long at the fair' 'Linconshire poacher' and her mother used to sing 'do not trust him gentle lady' and the suffragists 'hymn' - I wonder it there are the words anywhere.

My mother's father used to sing rude soldier songs when in his cups, but anyone who heard them will not repeat them - he died back before WWII. I must one day write a song about a drunken Irish milkman who only delivered to the right houses because the horse knew where to stop.

Anne


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Mudlark
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 01:19 PM

Anne...I have the words to Do Not Trust Him, Gentle Lady....called The Gypsy's Warning. My mom used to sing it too and I got all the words from her. PM me if you want a copy.

Reading thru all these threads makes me realize, yet again, my natural disorganized state. Just the thought of trying to list all the songs I know, let alone breaking them into categories of known but not memorized, unaccompanied, etc. fills me with a dull, yet frantic, sense of ennui. How I wish I had that kind of mind...then I'd be able to find things in my office. I do look through all my songbooks occasionally, just to remind me of songs that have sifted too far to the bottom of the heap.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 03:46 PM

Thankyou mudlark, but I have words - it was a case of humming the tune and they just apeared from where ever they had been waiting to be called up.

It was only the realisation that my memory was going - I found myself on the wrong road going to a place I have known the way to for over 20 years - and it suddenly hit me like a wall that one day I might not even remember who I am. That was the day I bought the big note books and started to write.

They are actually out of date diaries - dead cheap at 50p each, on my birthday page I wrote the poem 'Warning - when I am an old woman I shall wear purple' and on the last page I wrote Kipling's 'If'.

I thought I might spend some my time writing several copies and then leave them at Sidmouth (this was before its future was in doubt) with an explanatory note that I had no one to hand then on to. I did think of adding a couple of cds of the less well known ones, the ones I made up a tune for, the ones I made up entirely, and maybe a few more - so maybe in a few decades I'd have reserchers visiting me in the nursing home to ask questions and smuggle in rum.

I want to be a legend in my own lifetime, but not make it too obvious - let them think they discovered me and my liking for Lamb's Navy and coke - that is, I mean, cola - I plan to live to be at least 150 and make up for the sobriety of my youth.

If only I could update my own RAM as easily as that of a computer, and install a new hard disk.

Anne


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Genie
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 05:02 PM

If we're just counting songs where I know the melody and lyrics by heart, my repertoire's easily over 25,000. (There was a time I knew pretty much all verses of all the commonly sung hymns in the Baptist hymnals, plus quite a few not so common ones, in addition to pretty much everything I heard from about age 5 to age 10. But -- fortunately? -- time does dim some memories.) LOL

If we're talking about songs I can at least chord skillfully enough to perform them or jam with them, the list probably shrinks to somewhere between 500 and 1000. Of course, the 30 to 50 I've written are the hardest for me to remember if I haven't sung them recently. ;-D

But as has been said above, I'm not sure a lot of the songs in my repertoire are anything I'd wanna do in concert. LOL

Genie


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Joybell
Date: 17 Jul 04 - 11:32 PM

Dear Friends-who-like-The-Gypsy's-Warning. Anne and Mudlark. I feel much better now. Not so alone. My True-love hates this song with a vengeance. Don't quite know why. I have always loved it.
It was the first song sung over the telephone! Can't remember how I know, but would anyone lie about a thing like that.
The tune seems to me like it's pinched from the sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor . Joy


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 12:58 PM

Tunes seem to develop a life of their own almost as soon as they are played - like some chicks they flee the nest and go off into the world as soon as the ink's/feathers dry.

I think that Gypsy's warning is one of those songs which you can't be indifferent about, you either love it or hate it.

My mother's father had a good singing voice in his youth, as far as is reported he was an Irish tenor, and sang Endearing young charms and the like with great effect - he sang Dolly Grey to my mother - He called her Dolly Grey-eyes.

One song I sing is a Bob Copper poem, I am not sure of the title but it starts 'Oh you can moan with plaintive tone' - it does have a tune, but as I can't turn dots into a tune I was stuck. I read that Bob had intended to have verses from various songs between the verses of his poems - and I didn't know them either.

Then I realised that the first verse of the poem would fit the Song of the Western Men (Trelawney), the second, concerning threasher men, would fit 'Farmers Boy' and the third about drinking fits 'John Barleycorn' and for the last verse a tune simply appeared - it fits a morris dance I was taught at school, but we used to dance that to Nellie the Elephant on the gramophone - maybe it is something I heard once. It is too good a poem not to make a song from it.

Anne


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: kendall
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 04:31 PM

My Mother used to sing The Gypsy's Warning.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 08:25 PM

I've got piles!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 12:41 AM

There IS no limit...
BTW
I hope your piles get better soon Mr Happy!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST, Hamish
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 03:07 AM

I baffled by these responses. Maybe what you mean by "know" isn't what I mean by it, but my list is a paltry 200 performed over the last five or so years, at least half of which are now (were always?) way off gig standard. I did a gig last Thursday where my list of battle-hardened and up to scratch numbers was between 20 and 30. Right now, I guess I've maybe 80 to 100 which I could do off the top of my head right through with any confidence and probably get all the words and chords right: but only at a singaround. I have to have run through a song a few times in the week before a proper headline gig to know it's still bedded in properly: and it will have taken usually weeks if not months for it to get to gig standard in the first place.

I *do* like to have my own edge to a song, however, and I *do* like to have something of an arrangement to it. I like to know the words and arrangement well enough to be able to "live and breathe" it. I once said that "I don't do karaoke", and I guess that's true: I like to think I don't just go through the motions, but I've got inside a song before gigging it. (Okay, fair enough, I have been known to throw something together for the odd occasion, before those who actually know me put their tuppence worth's in!)

But the title of the thread is "...in your repertoire". So I'd have to say it's about 20 to 30 at any given time. But that that 20 to 30 is drawn from up to 200 which do expand gradually, slowly and painfully.

So I'm not sure if I view the claims of 400, 500, 600+ with humble respect or scepticism. Mostly bafflement, I think.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: erinmaidin
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 03:30 AM

repertory: A stock of pieces that a person or company are prepared to perform.
I'm having a difficult time, in view of the above definition pulled out of one of those dusty old tomes referred to as dictionarys...that anyone is "prepared" to perform all of those songs! I would hope that the standards of singing because one can, and performing to an audience are two entirely different things. I can remember hundreds of songs but would never trot one into public without first taking it out and shining it up a bit....okay....nearly never.
And before someone corrects the spelling of "repertory", I'm only citing what was printed in the dictionary. It seems that a repertory was a storehouse or repository in which a theatre company would keep the pieces the troupe were prepared to perform. Repertoire is just a fancy way of saying it...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Sooz (at work)
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 08:11 AM

My score is very similar to Hamish's and for similar reasons. I was so glad to read his post as I had felt quite inadequate having read the previous claims!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: vectis
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 11:35 AM

I think I can do about 150 at the drop of a hat but I do need to go through them occasionally or huge chunks of the words just drop out of my memory.
Learning new ones is getting harder and I'm convinced that as a new one goes into the working memory an old one drops out; maybe I've reached capacity.
I'm re-learning some that I wrote out (but never really learned because others were doing them so well) 30 years ago and I haven't heard for years so I reckon they need reviving.
The annoying songs are the ones you learned but never really liked that much. They just stay and stay and will not go away; cluttering up brain space you need for new, quality songs.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 03:26 PM

I regularly sit down and open my songbook at random, or the separate index, and play - either song titles all starting with the same letter or go on from the place the book opened.

The 250 are songs I can perform with my own acompaniment or ones I sing alone, not ones I can join in with.

After practising in the same sort of way for about 35 years I think it is not an unreasonable number, though I can no longer sing/play some of them from memory - Tam lin now, no problem, some tiddly thing with 4 verses, no chance. Weird thing, memory.

Anne


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: how many songs in your repertoire?
From: GUEST,belter
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 02:18 PM

The 400 or so I was claming do seam to be sliping away. It takes me months to practice them all once, and if I try to learn a new one, I'll forget it before it comes around on my list again. Recently I was at a sesion were people were playing a game of doing a song that would seguay from the previous song. It kept things moving in unexpected directions, but it was imposible to practice for. The few times I thought I had just the right song to go next, I stumbled through. So no I don't really have 400 songs down. Thats about how many I could come up with most of the words to if given a bit of time to sit and think.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
Next Page

  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 19 November 9:53 AM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.