By Gregory Hansen
This biography of 97-year-old Richard Seaman, who grew up in Kissimmee Park, Florida, is dependent upon oral historical past and folklore examine to outline where of musicianship and storytelling within the state's heritage from one artist's viewpoint. Gregory Hansen provides Seaman's review of Florida's altering cultural panorama via his tall stories, own adventure narratives, legends, mess around track repertory, and outlines of day-by-day life.
Seaman's adolescence stories of fiddling performances and rural dances clarify the position such gatherings performed in construction and preserving 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 relatives band. The evolution of his musical repertory from the early Nineteen Twenties throughout the Nineteen Fifties presents a source for reconstructing social existence within the rural south and for realizing how adjustments in musical sort replicate the state's more and more city social constitution. Hansen incorporates a set of Seaman's mess around tunes, transcribed for the advantage of 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 twentieth century.
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He’d just have his own way of calling. Back yonder it was just that each caller would have his own way, and you had to sort of ¤gure out what he meant. So we’d get four to a set, all the way around. And when they’d start to dance, each couple out would try to remember what he meant: like the bird in the cage. “The bird ®y out and the hog ®y in, hog ®y out and swing his bird and go again. “Right foot up and your left foot down, you cut a ¤gure-eight when you come around. ” That would be four couples, eight people.
Bill Monroe W hen planning for the second annual First Coast Folklife Exploration, I had decided to spotlight ¤ddle traditions in northern Florida. Even though bluegrass and country music is popular throughout Jacksonville, many Jacksonville residents know little about old-time, bluegrass, and western swing ¤ddle traditions. I wanted the audience to appreciate the chance to listen to ¤ddlers who had rich and interesting experiences to share. I was fortunate to have written contracts with three ¤ddlers who had agreed to perform throughout the two-day event.
Johns River, and Richard comments that he knew Mr. Rouse. ” and turns to the audience. Well, he and I got to be pretty close friends, and one night he had been out. After we had got off, why we run up on each other and went to the old Union Station. At Park and Main, I believe it. It’s a new building now. But at that time, it was Union Station. We went in and had some coffee. They didn’t have no big oranges there at that time of the morning, so we just come up with a cup of coffee. And we were sitting there talking about the Orange Blossom Special.
A Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman by Gregory Hansen
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