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Absolutely! Especially on the meseta in my opinion. I will never forget singing Janis Joplin songs at the top of my lungs with no one around to hear except my daughter who got some of it on video and says she will use it to blackmail me some day if necessary! Lol 😂
 

CollinSK

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Absolutely! Especially on the meseta in my opinion. I will never forget singing Janis Joplin songs at the top of my lungs with no one around to hear except my daughter who got some of it on video and says she will use it to blackmail me some day if necessary! Lol 😂

Yay, When you would get the video blackmailed by your daughter, please share with us~ I would like to watch it~ Buen Camino~
 
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Is it good to sing and dance with friends during Camino trip?


Definitely! I felt such a sense of freedom when I walked the Camino Frances earlier this year. When I walked along stretches near busy roads, I often indulged in Camino Karaoke and (Camino) pole dancing! 😁💃
 

K Turner

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The only times I ever experienced people singing aloud together, it ALWAYS happened to be to Queen. It was typically strangers joining in while passing others by. I loved it, especially when it would occur in tunnels where people would let loose to enjoy the acoustics!
 
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trecile

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I generally enjoy hearing people sing on the Camino, though I doubt anyone would enjoy hearing me sing 😂

I'm a bit surprised that so far everyone has posted positive comments. I have read a number of threads in the past from people grumbling about pilgrims singing on the Camino.



 

steve 217

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Yes but in my case as i am sadly tone deaf and too embarrassed to ever inflict my voice on anyone ,in the middle of the road as loud as possible, and again as most people seem to ,whilst on the meseta.
 
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BarbaraW

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The highlights of my camino this autumn were aural. The wake up chant at Roncesvalles where we started, and the amazing reveille at La Campana in Espinosa del Camino. Birdsong in the early morning light.
Then by chance we came to Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the day that a special mass and concert were being held to commemorate one thousand years since the saints death. There was a visiting choir which sang more wonderful Gregorian chant.
On our penultimate day, in the church of San Juan de Ortega, a young man walked in and stood in front of the shrine and just sang. It felt like he was singing his heart out to the glory of God.
I was glad to come across him walking the following day, and he said he was diffident about singing as he thought other people might not like it. I hope my thanks encouraged him to sing more along the Way. He was from Mexico, and hoping to make a living in Europe from his voice.
Such glory.
 

CollinSK

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The highlights of my camino this autumn were aural. The wake up chant at Roncesvalles where we started, and the amazing reveille at La Campana in Espinosa del Camino. Birdsong in the early morning light.
Then by chance we came to Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the day that a special mass and concert were being held to commemorate one thousand years since the saints death. There was a visiting choir which sang more wonderful Gregorian chant.
On our penultimate day, in the church of San Juan de Ortega, a young man walked in and stood in front of the shrine and just sang. It felt like he was singing his heart out to the glory of God.
I was glad to come across him walking the following day, and he said he was diffident about singing as he thought other people might not like it. I hope my thanks encouraged him to sing more along the Way. He was from Mexico, and hoping to make a living in Europe from his voice.
Such glory.
You are encouraging people. That's so nice~
 

ginniek

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Don't get too carried away; please watch where you are dancing. Two years ago I was doing a training walk only a few miles from my house. Seemingly out of nowhere, a favorite Motown song came blasting out, and I started dancing, singing, and twirling my hiking pole like a baton. Next thing I knew I tripped over some rocks, flew into the air, and landed on my left thumb. Because I was bleeding a lot, I got my first ever ambulance ride and two days later a pin to hold my thumb together. Oddly enough, it was all kind of fun.
 
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CollinSK

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Yes but in my case as i am sadly tone deaf and too embarrassed to ever inflict my voice on anyone ,in the middle of the road as loud as possible, and again as most people seem to ,whilst on the meseta.

Don't be shy~ I'm a shy person but try not to be~
 

Antonius Vaessen

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I sing and whistle when I am walking alone and there are not to many people around. Music made by others ( or worse played loudly on devices or in bars along the way) tends to annoy me. Certainly when it feels like "showing off" : "Look at us, having such a good time!!"
 

Charte57

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2021
On the first day of my first camino There was a woman in my hostel in SJPP who asked if she could walk with me. We wound up walking several days together and it wasn’t until the second day we discovered we both studied flamenco dance. The first dance they teach is called sevillanas, more a folk dance. We danced it together somewhere near Zubiri.
I got to dance it again on my second camino in Fromista, that time with live guitar!

Only on the camino!!!❤️
 
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Pelegrin

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2019
The first dance they teach is called sevillanas, more a folk dance. We danced it together somewhere near Zubiri.
I got to dance it again on my second camino in Fromista, that time with live guitar!

Only on the camino!!!❤
I am dancing sevillanas every tuesday for more than 10 years at a bar in Madrid. Two hours of fun and exercice with my so-called "skool style" but a bit improved after so much time of practice.
You were lucky because I didn't see on my caminos any possibility to dance sevillanas.
 

Charte57

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2021
I am dancing sevillanas every tuesday for more than 10 years at a bar in Madrid. Two hours of fun and exercice with my so-called "skool style" but a bit improved after so much time of practice.
You were lucky because I didn't see on my caminos any possibility to dance sevillanas.
Maybe one day we’ll meet up in the camino and we will dance it together!
 
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When you’re on a Long and Winding Road, Waltzing along at a merry pace, in Tango with your Camino Buddies, Doing a Bridge Dance, you have no thoughts of London Calling or Back in the USSR or Budapest. You just know that your Boots are made for Walking and you’ve no thoughts to Leave on a Jet Plane or to Take me Home, Country Roads… then there’s only one thing to do –
Well, shake it up, Pilgrim, now (Shake it up, Pilgrim)
Twist and shout (Twist and shout)
C'mon c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, Pilgrim, now (Come on Pilgrims)
Come on and walk it on out (Walk it on out)
xx
 

Kathar1na

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If we had sevillana music no problem for me to dance even on my boots. Hahaha.
I would even have a suggestion for the music from a summer a really long time ago when I first heard Sevillanas in Spain and saw how people danced to it. I still like listening to the song and the group and I still have the music cassette (unfortunately no longer a device to play it). It is even about a pilgrimage!

Un mes de mayo by the Amigos de Gines.

 

roving_rufus

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I sang far more on solitary type walks - like walking on the Via Francigena through France (when meeting another pilgrim was a major celebration!) It kept me sane! Churches had some lovely acoustics like in Conde sur Marne (a perfect place to be on a very hot afternoon) and then walking along the canals for hours singing made them bearable. I don't think I did much singing on the CF when walking in season as there was a different vibe and often it was great to find quiet and not have to fill it! Though walking the CF in winter, singing did happen and even some group sing songs to fill the dark cold nights
 
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Collin,
I have read your book on the Camino. Three things I remember:
1. Setting your alarm for 4:31 so it would ring after other persons
2. Your searching for the components of Korean food
3. The music.

George
 
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Pelegrin

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I would even have a suggestion for the music from a summer a really long time ago when I first heard Sevillanas in Spain and saw how people danced to it. I still like listening to the song and the group and I still have the music cassette (unfortunately no longer a device to play it). It is even about a pilgrimage!

Un mes de mayo by the Amigos de Gines.

Thank you.
Yes it is about the Romeria del Rocio or a sevillana rociera.
I hadn't heard it before.
It is easy to dance because the rhythm is not too fast or slow and the changes are very clear.
 

NorthernLight

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On one of my caminos, I kept running into a group that seemed to have formed a family. Every time I encountered them, they were singing loudly as they walked. The first time it was joyous and sweet. The second time was okay. After that, it was just annoying. It didn't help that they were singing the same song each time. And getting words wrong.

I tried to lose them, but they would reappear. Eventually I had to just shorten a day to escape them.

On my first camino, there was a young woman walking with her ukulele and strumming it as she walked. She was forever taking breaks in walking, so I would pass her. But she walked faster than me, so I’d hear her approaching and couldn’t escape.

Music is all well and good, but it has its time and place. I sing as I walk when nobody is around to disturb. But mostly I like listening for birds and the sound of silence.
 

Marbe2

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I found singing, especially towards the end of a long day, when my feet were tired was especially helpful. I would sing softly out loud to a song that I could get in rhythm with and focused on the singing.....
 
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sdevine

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I have found music and singing to myself with Queen songs..” Don't stop my now” was my 2019 Camino theme...especially when i was by myself and walking through calf pains and blisters...listening to that album, and more specially that song and singing along to myself.. took my mind off the pain and put a much needed pep in my step & a smile on my face when i found myself tired and weary, especially when walking a whole day in the rain. Amazing!!
 

cecelia

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2013
One thing to keep in mind is that it's not always appreciated when people sing in the churches. I'm not Catholic, but I believe that the idea is that church music should be restricted to music that is considered to glorify God. I've talked to several people who sang non-religious music in churches along the Way and were reprimanded for it. Fair enough I guess.
 

Paul Michetti

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On Day 5 walking from Porto to Santiago this past September we stopped at Revolta as Stingy Nomads suggested. There was a party like atmosphere at the only bar. Lots of twenty somethings smoking pot, drinking and dancing. We started moving forward and a group of 8 with a portable boom box started up behind us with all of them singing along and taking swigs of beer from bottles they were carrying. At first it was amusing but we couldn't escape the boombox blasting for many kilometers. We let them go by at one point and finally when we caught up to them again some time later they had decided to have a break and we were able to get away from the noise and have some peace and tranquility again. I felt it was inappropriate for this group to be subjecting fellow pilgrims to the boombox music. Had it been that they were playing instruments I might have found this to be more acceptable. #crabbyoldman.
 

CollinSK

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When you’re on a Long and Winding Road, Waltzing along at a merry pace, in Tango with your Camino Buddies, Doing a Bridge Dance, you have no thoughts of London Calling or Back in the USSR or Budapest. You just know that your Boots are made for Walking and you’ve no thoughts to Leave on a Jet Plane or to Take me Home, Country Roads… then there’s only one thing to do –
Well, shake it up, Pilgrim, now (Shake it up, Pilgrim)
Twist and shout (Twist and shout)
C'mon c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, Pilgrim, now (Come on Pilgrims)
Come on and walk it on out (Walk it on out)
xx

Positive. I agree with you~
 
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CollinSK

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Collin,
I have read your book on the Camino. Three things I remember:
1. Setting your alarm for 4:31 so it would ring after other persons
2. Your searching for the components of Korean food
3. The music.

George
Wow, unbelievable~ I scribbled the book as my hand wanted to freely write long time ago with full of typos and wrong grammar. Will you walk the Camino again?
 
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I have walked 3 times. First from ST. Jean in 2000. Second from Bordeaux in 2002, Third from 2003-2012, 6 sections from Le Puy. For the past while, my health has prevented me from doing much. Hope to return, even as a tourist.
 

CollinSK

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On the first day of my first camino There was a woman in my hostel in SJPP who asked if she could walk with me. We wound up walking several days together and it wasn’t until the second day we discovered we both studied flamenco dance. The first dance they teach is called sevillanas, more a folk dance. We danced it together somewhere near Zubiri.
I got to dance it again on my second camino in Fromista, that time with live guitar!

Only on the camino!!!❤

I can imagine how happily you people danced that time. Only on the camino !!!
 
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William Garza

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I would never wage war on mankinds ears with my screamsinging...nor make people wonder if i am having some terrible sort of medical issue or malady and to call the ambulance...or to call the police on a drunk man in public for my dancing...
But i very much enjoy when someone with the abilities share them with the world!
 

CollinSK

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I would never wage war on mankinds ears with my screamsinging...nor make people wonder if i am having some terrible sort of medical issue or malady and to call the ambulance...or to call the police on a drunk man in public for my dancing...
But i very much enjoy when someone with the abilities share them with the world!

I believe you have a good voice. Might be lovely voice~
 

CollinSK

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I sing and whistle when I am walking alone and there are not to many people around. Music made by others ( or worse played loudly on devices or in bars along the way) tends to annoy me. Certainly when it feels like "showing off" : "Look at us, having such a good time!!"

Yep. Too much is always not good. It will be fine until singing and dancing do not interrupt other people. Walking and relaxing in peace with Nature is also a beauty of Camino.

 

CollinSK

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I have found music and singing to myself with Queen songs..” Don't stop my now” was my 2019 Camino theme...especially when i was by myself and walking through calf pains and blisters...listening to that album, and more specially that song and singing along to myself.. took my mind off the pain and put a much needed pep in my step & a smile on my face when i found myself tired and weary, especially when walking a whole day in the rain. Amazing!!

The song is good. "Don't stop me now"~ We shall carry on walking~ Buen Camino~
 
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CollinSK

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On one of my caminos, I kept running into a group that seemed to have formed a family. Every time I encountered them, they were singing loudly as they walked. The first time it was joyous and sweet. The second time was okay. After that, it was just annoying. It didn't help that they were singing the same song each time. And getting words wrong.

I tried to lose them, but they would reappear. Eventually I had to just shorten a day to escape them.

On my first camino, there was a young woman walking with her ukulele and strumming it as she walked. She was forever taking breaks in walking, so I would pass her. But she walked faster than me, so I’d hear her approaching and couldn’t escape.

Music is all well and good, but it has its time and place. I sing as I walk when nobody is around to disturb. But mostly I like listening for birds and the sound of silence.

"Right time, right place" can be the key to singing and dancing joyfully. Have a good weekend~
 
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In my opinion, it depends. Singing to yourself, of course. Singing loudly for everyone’s enjoyment, you better be sure that everyone wants to hear you.
On one of my Caminos, after Sarria no doubt, I was walking through a serene patch of dense, cool, quiet woods. The peace and solitude was bliss.
You know where this is going, right?
Along came a young, energetic teen rapping loudly with his music device which was also playing at full volume. I didn’t want to be grumpy, so I put my finger to my lips as he passed me and caught my eye, and said a quiet “como una Iglesia.”
He understood my bizarre Spanish and quieted down, continuing on his way, no apparent hard feelings. I’m sure though, he was saying, under his breath, the future equivalent of “OK., Boomer.”
lol.
 

CollinSK

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In my opinion, it depends. Singing to yourself, of course. Singing loudly for everyone’s enjoyment, you better be sure that everyone wants to hear you.
On one of my Caminos, after Sarria no doubt, I was walking through a serene patch of dense, cool, quiet woods. The peace and solitude was bliss.
You know where this is going, right?
Along came a young, energetic teen rapping loudly with his music device which was also playing at full volume. I didn’t want to be grumpy, so I put my finger to my lips as he passed me and caught my eye, and said a quiet “como una Iglesia.”
He understood my bizarre Spanish and quieted down, continuing on his way, no apparent hard feelings. I’m sure though, he was saying, under his breath, the future equivalent of “OK., Boomer.”
lol.
I understood. At least, it is better to volume down or shut down any music device in public. I agree with that. Silence is golden mostly during the Camino trip, I believe.

 

Moorwalker

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It's good. I dislike hearing radio or recorded music in public, but people singing for the sheer joy of it is very much a positive thing even if they are out of tune or otherwise imperfect. I used to have a pretty good singing voice but sadly that disappeared as I grew older and I still grieve for it.
 

CollinSK

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It's good. I dislike hearing radio or recorded music in public, but people singing for the sheer joy of it is very much a positive thing even if they are out of tune or otherwise imperfect. I used to have a pretty good singing voice but sadly that disappeared as I grew older and I still grieve for it.

I believe that you still have a good singing voice.
I sang somewhere there were no people in the middle of Camino or sang with friends when they wanted to relieve pain in legs, at least shortly forgetting the pain by being in a singing group temporarily.

Music was a good pain reliever or killer for us feeling friendship and humanism.

 
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Moorwalker

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I believe that you still have a good singing voice.
I sang somewhere there were no people in the middle of Camino or sang with friends when they wanted to relieve pain in legs, at least shortly forgetting the pain by being in a singing group temporarily.

Music was a good pain reliever or killer for us feeling friendship and humanism.

No, I now have a very poor singing voice in a technical sense and all the reassurance in the world won't change that. I used to have well over 3 octaves range and sang early music. I could fill a church or hall without amplification. Now I can't and it saddens me because it used to be a real joy to let my voice just soar. What I am aware of when I sing now is what I have lost.
 

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