This past fall I took a folk music class and it just swept me away, so I’ve decided to do a song-a-day challenge. I’m in this not only to build up my own repertoire, but also hopefully to create a useful-if-not-definitive collection of good songs, and have some fun discussions along the way.
You are highly encouraged to sing along, not just to read the words. These songs were made for singing and not for reading; a ballad without its tune is only half itself.
Here are the rules I’ve set myself:
- Post every day. I probably won’t work on one song every day. I might write up three songs one day and zero songs the next day, but the blog posts will appear one per day through the miracle of scheduled posting. (I don’t promise that a ‘day’ will end at midnight, though. For example, today I’m on the West Coast, three hours behind, and I’m also up late. ^_^ )
- Not every song will be a ballad, strictly speaking. But they will all be folk songs of one kind or another. At a minimum, they will all be the sort of song that can be performed by a solo unaccompanied voice without feeling incomplete, and most of them will be ‘traditional’, for some value of traditional.
- For every song, I will give the words and some indication of the tune. I might write out the tune in standard musical notation, or link to a website where someone else has already done that, or record myself singing it.
- I have to sing through every song. I do not have to memorize or record every song — that’s icing on the cake.
I hope you’ll join me!