Oops, stuck my foot in it! I got on the list tonight for the first time in
a while, saw the request on Melchizedek, read the first couple of responses
and dashed off a response, thinking to be helpful. Then found the gazillion
other posts about Melchizedek, both information and the double loop on
appropriateness of thread.
Lesson for me - read all the old mail before you post.
As the administrator for another list on a totally different subject, but
which has the same issues occasionally around "don't talk about it here",
IMHO healthy forums have a conversation life of their own, if a question or
comment evokes a thread, no matter it's seeming disconnect from the list
purpose, let it ride, there's a reason it's being sustained. If there's no
energy for a thread it will die a natural death without disciplining. There
are exceptions to this, of course, personalities that intrude, etc. Just
like in sessions. But generally I have found that people who come here, or
any haven on the e-way, want to help others, share thoughts, and expand
their circle of knowledge and friend around something they love.
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From: Irish Traditional Music List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Meg Farrell
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2001 10:31 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [IRTRAD-L] Melchizedek
Golly, I didn't mean to cause such a fuss. This all began with a request
some missing lyrics and a wish to understand them better. I want to
understand the songs I sing so that I can better convey their message. The
biblical references were meant only to clarify the meaning of the lines.
This is also a song learned from the singing of legendary Irish piper and
singer, Willy Clancy who certainly played more of his fair share of tunes.
I have my answers now, for which I am grateful, and hope this thread will be
of future use to another singer stumped by those lines.
Now go in peace to love and serve the tune! :)
All the best,