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    Default I never really thought about it.

    I guess that if you don't sing it, it isn't a song.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I guess that if you don't singing it, it isn't a song.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song
    Ok if you are not singing it, it is not a song...........but if you are listening to it is it still a song.

    If a man says something in the forest and his wife is not there to hear him is he still wrong. These are all deep questions my dear Rllink
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Ok if you are not singing it, it is not a song...........but if you are listening to it is it still a song.

    If a man says something in the forest and his wife is not there to hear him is he still wrong. These are all deep questions my dear Rllink
    Yes, this is something very much worth discussing in the greatest detail I think. I would suggest that if someone is singing it, it is a song. But what about all those "?????" that you hear on the radio that are just instrumentals? I guess they aren't songs. I don't know why I even started this thread. I do that sometimes, and then I can't go back and delete them like some of my more worthless posts. Well, at least it is something different to talk about.

    As far as the wife thing, just assume that you are wrong.

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    There are songs, & there are tunes, but some people call noises a song sometimes.
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    The Irish trad and old time players managed to convince me years ago that there's a difference between a "tune" and a "song." They seem to care, and I don't, so that's fine. I'll agree with them and we're all happy.

    I wouldn't call Alexander Borodin's Polovtsian Dances songs, but i think Stranger in Paradise is a song. To get the spelling of all that correct, I had to find this video which makes me happy because hooray for music students and I always did enjoy Borodin's original better than the adaptations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjhBUZ3vsmE

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    Sorry that I have nothing meaningful to add to this topic.

    It must be a slow day for me, since it seems that for the first time in a long time, this semantic hysteresis has got my attention. I'll bring the popcorn....

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    There is of course the case of a tune that is traditionally sung, and is hence a song, but that you make an instrumental version off... It is still a song, though in your rendition it is not.
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    In folk music, traditional song tunes played as instrumentals are often call Airs or Slow Airs. The latter name tells you something about how they are played.

    I definitely make a distinction between a tune and a song. A song has words and a melody. You can play the melody on its own on an instrument, then it's a tune. Just to confuse matters, though the melody of a song is often referred to as its tune.

    These days, a lot of people use the words song and tune interchangeably which is a pity, but language changes over time and it's not usually worth fighting it as you never win.

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    Maybe they are "instrumental songs." hehe

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    Funny you should bring this up now, Rollie. On Monday I wanted to text my guitar teacher about my progress on " A Distant Twang", but I wasn't at home with my music and couldn't remember the exact title (yes, I know, it wasn't that complicated, but I was tired). Calling it a "song" didn't seem right, because there are no words. Calling it a "tune" seemed a bit jaunty, especially since I play it at dirge-like speed (at this point). I settled on "my newest piece".
    Kathryn

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