Many worthies have made comments on the bad singer and singing, but I’m not sure what made some of them so vitriolic. However,let’s have a look at the ones I found, and with any luck, I will find an equal number on the other side!
SAMUEL COLERIDGE…..Swans sing before they die -’twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing!
FREDERICK the GREAT….. A German singer! I should as soon expect to get pleasure from the neighing of my horse!
GEORGE GERSHWIN…..My voice is small but disagreeable
HANS von BULOW…..A tenor is not a man but a disease
THOMAS CARLYLE….Let a man try the very uttermost to speak what he means before singing he has recourse to.
CHARLES LAMB….. I even think that I am organically disposed to harmony. But organically I am incapable of a tune. I have been practising ‘God Save the King’ all my life; whistling and humming it over to myself in solitary corners; and am not yet arrived, they tell me, within many quavers of it.
FALSTAFF (Shakespeare) ……For my voice, I have lost it with hallowing and singing of anthems.
OLIVER HEREFORD…..Definition of Song: the licensed medium for bawling in public, things too silly or sacred to be uttered in ordinary speech.
HORACE…..The fault, common to all singers, is that when their friends ask them to sing, they’re never willing, but when they’re NOT asked, , they will never leave off!
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