Ballads

Sat, Apr 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I'm wondering what distinguishes a "ballad" from other songs? I have the vague idea that a ballad tells a story...are there modern ballads? Is this a ballad?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irp8CNj9qBI

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  1. Re: Ballads

    Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Try "Fool For You Anyway" by Foreigner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B-xI9jNPS4&feature=g-like

  2. Re: Ballads

    Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Hi Judy, why is this song a ballad? I'm still confused on what a ballad is. Thanks for any help you can provide. What's the difference between a love song and a ballad??

  3. Re: Ballads

    Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    You are right - a ballad is a narrative sometimes set to music (per Wiki - and Wiki is ALWAYS accurate).

  4. Re: Ballads

    Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    http://www.mydearvalentine.com/top-10/classic-romantic-love-ballads.html

    "Ballads were once long stories told in song, given to the tune of minstrels plucking their lutes in days of yore. In the nineteenth century, a ballad came to mean any sentimental song that was popular and well-known to everyone. Once the great age of music recording arrived in the twentieth century, the songs that were termed as ballads were recognized as being smooth to sing, with a slow tempo and with lyrics that spoke to the emotions of love."

    Nice list of ballads on this site My husband and I danced to #6 at our wedding before it became a wedding reception standard

  5. Re: Ballads

    Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Perfectly said JenL. I bet you are a really great mother. Have you ever been a teacher?

  6. Re: Ballads

    Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Judy wrote:
    Perfectly said JenL. I bet you are a really great mother. Have you ever been a teacher?


    Why thank you Judy! I don't know about the 'really great' part, but I do try. Hopefully they won't need too extensive therapy when they get older LOL

    As for being a teacher, I homeschool my kids, does that count?

    Although as much as I wish I could take credit for this definition of a ballad, I really just copied and pasted it from the website I Iinked.

  7. Re: Ballads

    Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    JenL wrote:
    http://www.mydearvalentine.com/top-10/classic-romantic-love-ballads.html

    "Ballads were once long stories told in song, given to the tune of minstrels plucking their lutes in days of yore. In the nineteenth century, a ballad came to mean any sentimental song that was popular and well-known to everyone. Once the great age of music recording arrived in the twentieth century, the songs that were termed as ballads were recognized as being smooth to sing, with a slow tempo and with lyrics that spoke to the emotions of love."

    Nice list of ballads on this site My husband and I danced to #6 at our wedding before it became a wedding reception standard


    Thanks, Jen! I knew about minstrels and troubadors traveling around singing story ballads throughout history, but I didn't realize the meaning of the term morphed through the years to signify sentimental love songs! Thanks all for clarifying it for me!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TJjFEGNKlk

  8. Re: Ballads

    Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    And going through the list of ballads on that site... my husband likes to make fun of me for this, but I still think Karen Carpenter had about the most perfect female voice ever. (Not that he's making fun of her, but how I always say her voice was so 'warm'.) If God had gifted me with a singing voice, I'd have wanted one like hers. Or Chrissy Hynde, because she's just flat out cool. But when it comes to ballads, Karen Carpenter could sing it like no one else.