By Robert W. Halli Jr.
Alabama is a kingdom wealthy in folksong culture, from outdated English ballads sung alongside the Tennessee River to kid's online game songs performed in cellular, from the rhythmic paintings songs of the railroad gandy dancers of Gadsden to the spirituals of the Black Belt. The musical history of blacks and whites, wealthy and terrible, hill people and cotton farmers, those songs undergo as a dwelling a part of the state's diversified past.
In the mid Forties Byron Arnold, an keen younger song professor from The collage of Alabama, got down to locate and checklist as lots of those songs as he might and was once rewarded via unstinting cooperation from many informants. Mrs. Julia Greer Marechal of cellular, for instance, was once ninety years outdated, blind, and a semi-invalid, yet she sang for Arnold for 3 hours, permitting the recording of 33 songs and arduous Arnold and his technician. Helped via such dwelling repositories as Mrs. Marechal, the Arnold assortment grew to good over 500 songs, augmented through box notes and memorable biographical details at the singers.
An Alabama Songbook is the results of Arnold's efforts and people of his informants around the country and has been formed by way of Robert W. Halli Jr. right into a narrative enriched through greater than two hundred major songs-lullabies, Civil struggle anthems, African-American gospel and secular songs, mess around tunes, temperance songs, love ballads, play-party rhymes, and paintings songs. within the culture of Alan Lomax's The people Songs of North America and Vance Randolph's Ozark Folksongs, this quantity will entice common audiences, folklorists, ethnomusicologists, preservationists, conventional musicians, and historians.
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An Alabama Songbook: Ballads, Folksongs, and Spirituals Collected by Byron Arnold by Robert W. Halli Jr.