:: Title :: Soup, Soup
:: Genre :: dance, dance tune
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones VII 10/61
:: Date :: 10/12/1961
:: Reference Information :: T979.0, Track 5 (00:00:42)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - 13 of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Text from 'Step It Down' reads: "The rural African American community has had its own share of conflict of proper behavior. The whole area of dance has been especially tense because the direct conflict between ancient African cultural patterns, in which dance is a routine part of almost all activity, and European Protestantism, in which dance is considered by all except a few dissenting sects to be both worldly and potentially lustful. On the level of children's activity, both white and black communities have attempted to regard singing games as playing, not dancing, and therefore allowable without many restrictions to the young. The children of both communities have in turn, fashioned their pastimes in direct celebration of the adult world they saw around them. In this context one can see the irony that Mrs. Jones points out- how pleasurable it is to be able to demonstrate explicitly and exactly just what it is you disapprove of, in this case 'balling the jack'." [Source: Step It Down]
0 - Text: Ain't but once thing that I dislike / It's putting on airs and balling the jack (etc.)
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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