TIW: [Letter sharing dislike of passages in Tolkien script, and then comments on forthcoming Tolkien music as well as an essay by Henry Resnick in the Saturday Evening Post, with in-line commentary by Greg Shaw]

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[page 16] _DICK PLOTZ_, 159 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn, Neifl York 11226 Please, if you're going to print this, do so either in my mode or in Roman or Shavian. Your mode is too tedious. I like to be able to read what I write. -/I have translated this letter into "Roman" so everyone can read it./- I have two pertinent comments to make. First, Donald Swah nn @Swann@ (from "At the Drop of a Hat") has written music to the songs in the Hobbit and the LoTR, with Tolkien as consultant. They will probably be recorded and released later this year. So much for fannish versions. -/ Wait a minute. Just because a professional writes music to the songs, why should that preclude the possibility that a tune written by a fan is acceptable for singing? Frankly, I shall be surprised if Swahnn @Swann@ can surpass Marion Zimmer Bradley's tunes to "Lament for Boromir" and "Galadriel's Song" (I sang of leaves, etc.) As far us I'm concerned anyone's musical interpretation of Tolkien's songs is equally valid, and the fact that Tolkien was consulted doesn't make any version "definitive". Tolkien is no musician. If he was, he would have included tunes in the books, and then they would be "definitive."/- Second, Henry Resnick, son of Muriel Resnick, who wrote "Any Wednesday", is writing a comprehensive article on Tolkien to appear in the "Saturday Evening Post" in early April. One of the interesting facts to come out in Resnick's interview with the Great One was that Tolkien is very much in this world, and does not live a fantasy existence. He actually reads three newspapers every day!!! -/wow. And all this time I thought Tolkien was a fool./- -/the article finally appeared in the July 2 issue, and a rather good article it was. More about it in the editorial./-

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