"Come and Listen to Me One and All": Rethinking the Role of Great Lakes Folk Music in Historical Scholarship
Begnoche, Renee C.
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For the purposes of this study, folk music has been defined as popular songs with an oral origin, composed, sang, and spread for non-commercial motivations. The songs are concerned with people and events in everyday life, as well as people and events that impacted daily life. Community is essential to this definition of folk tradition. Although a song may have a personal anecdote or a reference to one small group of people, folk music is still considered public domain.3 For the historic songs chosen for inclusion in this project, I focused on music primarily found in the region during the mid nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The topics of the lyrics focused on events from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as depictions of the culture and society of the Great Lakes region during those eras. This is not an anthology of regional music, and consequenquently, only a relatively small body of music was germane to the study of historical accuracy and reliability.Includes MP3 files of recordings from CD included with printed SIP: The Lumberman's Alphabet (2:31) / Rio Grande (1:10) / The Schooner "Thomas Hume" (3:20) / Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her (2:44) / Let the Lower Lights be Burning (4:03) / The Foundering of the "Asia" (3:32).