By Gregory Hansen

ISBN-10: 0817315535

ISBN-13: 9780817315535

ISBN-10: 0817381937

ISBN-13: 9780817381936

A musical lifestyles as excellent metaphor for Florida's cultural landscape.

This biography of 97-year-old Richard Seaman, who grew up in Kissimmee Park, Florida, depends upon oral historical past and folklore learn to outline where of musicianship and storytelling within the state's heritage from one artist's viewpoint. Gregory Hansen provides Seaman's evaluation of Florida's altering cultural panorama via his tall stories, own event narratives, legends, mess around track repertory, and outlines of day-by-day life.

Seaman's early life thoughts of fiddling performances and rural dances clarify the function such gatherings performed in development and keeping social order in the neighborhood. As an grownup, Seaman moved to Jacksonville, Florida, the place he labored as a machinist and played together with his kinfolk band. The evolution of his musical repertory from the early Twenties in the course of the Nineteen Fifties presents a source for reconstructing social existence within the rural south and for realizing how alterations in musical sort mirror the state's more and more city social constitution. Hansen encompasses a set of Seaman's mess around tunes, transcribed for the good thing about performer and researcher alike. The thirty tall stories incorporated within the quantity represent a consultant pattern of Florida’s oral culture within the early years of the 20 th century.

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So I got myself a wood ¤ller, and I went all over it. Sanded it down, got me a three-dollar can of paint, and painted it black. ” Richard continues, adding to his description of his ¤ddle, “But I don’t know how old it is. It was hanging up on the wall as far back as I can remember in the old house I was born in. It just hung there. My dad didn’t play it. And after I got big enough to get around them woods they had square dances. It was the only means of entertainment we had: picnics and square dances.

The tune Richard mentions, “Shear ’Em,” is a lively hoedown tune. ” It is the ¤rst tune that he learned to play. After ¤rst learning it at home, he would play the tune at dances, repeating it scores of times to allow dancers to perform sets that could take thirty minutes to complete. The repetition allowed him to perfect the tune and develop some slight variations on the melody. 12 The ¤ddlers whom Richard ¤rst heard had picked up their tunes from other musicians who had never learned ¤ddle tunes through formal music lessons or from written sheet music.

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