Download PDF by Gregory Hansen: A Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman

By Gregory Hansen

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, will depend on oral heritage and folklore study to outline where of musicianship and storytelling within the state's background from one artist's viewpoint. Gregory Hansen offers Seaman's review of Florida's altering cultural panorama via his tall stories, own adventure narratives, legends, mess around song repertory, and outlines of day-by-day life.

Seaman's youth stories of fiddling performances and rural dances clarify the function such gatherings performed in development and conserving social order in the neighborhood. As an grownup, Seaman moved to Jacksonville, Florida, the place he labored as a machinist and played along 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 knowing how adjustments in musical variety replicate the state's more and more city social constitution. Hansen contains 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 20 th century.

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