|One of my favourite albums!|
So, my thoughts: classical music was the 'pop' of the age, then came along those flappers listening to Gershwin, Armstrong and Bessie Smith and later: Crosby, Sinatra, Connif, and Streisand who shocked everyone at the time. And ?! And then they became pop. Then rock & roll came to be and everyone had to lock up their daughters, and ban r 'n' r as devils music. Then rock & roll turned into pop. Rock & rock became heavy or hard rock, and then heavy metal and daughters were again locked up. Then punk arrived and all children were kept safely at home, but that too turned into pop. Get the idea?
So here was aural storytelling, which began trying to explain the universe, then along came the legends, stories of real people which merged with other people and became surreal and mixed with magic. And like the first pop, that stayed around for a long time. A shake up was overdue, like an old library book, and people (I believe mostly Americans) 'launched' the personal story genre into the arena of public storytelling. Once personal stories were added to the cache of storytelling genres, a punk movement (which in England was regarded as a political movement) was needed and we got story slams. Or maybe slams are a story version of a combined punk and rap movement. Big stories made short with great economy of words, but with none of the passion lost.
|And another of my faves.|
Can you imagine a pop star doing this? Granted there are some storytellers who do tell the Odessesy, and Gilgamesh, and other epics, but the rest of us? I try hard to learn at least ten new stories a year. It usually ends up being five or six, but still!
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Maybe I should look at that course at East Tennessee on storytelling and folk lore! Maybe I would find my inner Clash storyteller, or might I find that I am now more Mingus or Mozart? Only time will tell!