The few times Ichabod isn't stuffing his face or waiting to stuff it, he's singing. And this guy sure is proud of his singing, even though Irving hints that it might be more like a dog whining than the song of a nightingale. But the people of Sleepy Hollow are impressed enough, and he gets to be their choirmaster.
That's all pretty normal, we guess. But did you notice that Ichabod seems to sing at very specific times? Yep, when he's scared. Irving writes, "His only resource on such occasions, either to drown thought, or drive away evil spirits, was to sing psalm tunes" (1.16). Somehow, singing seems to make everything better. But on the night the Headless Horseman appears, Ichabod can't sing (1.64). No!
What does it all mean? No, really, we're asking. Here are some ideas we've had, but tell us if you think we missed something:
What do you think?