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Campfire Songs, 3rd (Campfire Books) Paperback – September 1, 1998
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However there are, in my judgment, some minor weaknesses with this book. The binding appears to be glued in rather than sewn. Normally one would prefer to use a music book flat, with this book I would anticipate, perhaps incorrectly, that opening it flat might result in a split binding.
Although the simple melodies make it easy to play on either guitar or keyboard, the downside of this simplicity is that on an instrument such as a piano/portable keyboard the songs do not have a 'full' sound. Also, the melodies for two of the first songs I looked at did not quite match in some respects the melodies for these songs as I remembered them. For example, for the song "He's got the Whole World in His Hands", the notes associated with the first "in his hands" lyrics are shown as:C-E-C, to my ears this should instead be C-D-C. I hope the authors read this review and re-check the melodies and post a review to let us know which, if any, do need correction. Probably with the aim of keeping the book's size relatively compact, verses to songs are often truncated. For example, the folk song Clementine is missing one of the verses I find most humorous.
My copy of this book, recently purchased, is shown as the third edition, I hope there is a fourth and that in the next edition the authors will double check the melodies and consider adding lyrics to songs where some may have been dropped. The price is really a bargain, but I hope the publishers will consider using a sewn binding, even if it means a slight increase in price; I would certainly be willing to pay the difference.
In spite of some minor shortcomings, I really liked the format, songs chosen, chord selections, and simple straight-forward melodies. The small size is particularly appealing; and I am considering getting a second copy to carry around and leave my original at home. It really is fun to use.
I would give it 5 stars if it had a lay-flat binding.