(1/24/01 6:35:39 am)
Good morning all -- thought I'd try to get another thread started. What do you think of the place of song in folklore and fairy tales? I realize that songs have a strong place in the oral traditions of storytelling. And in my current research in the Southwestern tribal communities I've enjoyed this lyrical form and been interested in the way it is translated into words on a written page. But I wonder, do you think it is the underlying rhythm that makes the constantly shifting songs capture the tales? Seeing as it is a type of poetry, this would make sense to me. The drum after all is the oldest instrument, isn't it (not counting the human voice)? And then if it is the rhythm then aren't written stories still carrying their original songs -- as all stories follow intricate patterns of their own? Also do you think that all stories started as songs? I have a hard time thinking of say the Grimm's stories as originating from song. And then all of this raises the questions of what is lost when stories are written and not performed -- and the other way around? I have my own thoughts on these questions, but I thought it might make for an interesting conversations. Comments?