By Gregory Hansen
This biography of 97-year-old Richard Seaman, who grew up in Kissimmee Park, Florida, depends on oral heritage and folklore examine to outline where of musicianship and storytelling within the state's historical past from one artist's standpoint. Gregory Hansen provides Seaman's review 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 adolescence stories of fiddling performances and rural dances clarify the function such gatherings performed in construction and protecting 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 in the course of the Fifties presents a source for reconstructing social lifestyles within the rural south and for figuring out 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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