Frontier Ballads

Frontier Ballads

Frontier Ballads

Frontier Ballads

Excerpt

This book of songs is to be an exact record, with the music set down as it was sung. And let me say this: When first I heard an old-timer sing an old-time song, I had a real thrill. It was an exciting event. Not so much the song as the manner of singing astonished and delighted me. I had been trained musically to a limited extent, so expected certain things in the way of performance. But, lo, and behold! of a sudden I discovered that all I had been taught in the way of time values and rhythms and nuances which were conventionally considered right and proper, had no more to do with the work of my singer, an old Galway fisherman, than Lindley Murray English Grammar written for the benefit of a young ladies' school has to do with the common speech of a Galveston Negro dock hand. Between idiom and ideal was a great gulf.

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