'The tunes that
mean so much'
(by Brian Mattinson).
The text below is very much 'work in progress' since Brian has recently discovered the lively interest in Kipling's verse among folk musicians in the United States and Europe. He plans to do better justice to this in later drafts. In the meantime, any comments on the current version will be gratefully received. (Ed.)
'There was no one like 'im ...In recognition of his style, he goes on to say in his foreword 'I like to think that whether or not Rudyard Kipling would have liked my tunes, my voice on the record or my pictures in this volume, he would still have approved my intention: to give authentic-sounding folk melodies to his authentic-sounding folk verses, that they may be sung and enjoyed in the way in which his characters might themselves have used them'.
An' because it was so, why, o' course 'e went an' died,
Which is just what the best men do.'
'The composer has endeavoured to indicate by the usual signs the constant changes of time and expression etc aimed at in this Song, but a careful study of the poem itself with its marvellous combination of stirring heroism, deep pathos and scathing sarcasm will be the singer's best guide to a correct rendering of the music.'We all recognise the saying 'It's not what you say, it's how you say it'; that puts the music first. I prefer 'It's what you say and how you say it'.