Imagine you chanced upon the last vestige of a rousing, local, pub-based community carol singing tradition and then found yourself wondering why it has all but died out. Which culprits would first spring to mind? Materialism? Television? The assertion that “there is no such thing as society?” Contemporary “broken Britain?” The real answer (contained in the link below) may surprise you.
Also surprising is the asymmetric scansion of some of the tunes e.g. 00:55 – 1:05 on this link (scroll down to the article at 0820). It would be easy, invoking Occam’s Razor, to imagine that melodies would be sculpted into their most graspable form by generations of oral tradition.