:: Title :: Commentary by Vera Hall on courtship games and riddles
:: Genre :: commentary, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Hall, Vera Ward [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: 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, Alabama
:: Session :: Vera Hall I 1948
:: Date :: 05/1948
:: Reference Information :: T805.0, Track 1 (00:09:05)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - In these interviews and songs, recorded by Alan Lomax at his home in New York City, Vera Hall talks about her life and sings samples of songs. Lomax is joined by his wife Elizabeth, their daughter, and an unidentified couple, who can be heard throughout the session.
2 - This session of recordings represents the only time that Vera Ward Hall left the state of Alabama. She was invited to New York by Alan Lomax to perform in the Fourth Annual Festival of Contemporary American Music at Columbia University in the City of New York, May 10th through May 16th, 1948, sponsored by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Vera performed on Saturday, May 15th, 8:30pm, at the McMillin Theater. The concert was entitled Ballads, Hoe-Downs, Spirituals (White and Negro), and Blues, with performances by Texas Gladden, Hobart Smith, Jean Ritchie, Brownie Mcghee, Vera Hall, Dan Burley, Pete Seeger, and narrations by Alan Lomax. These recordings were made not at the concert, but during the remainder of Vera Hall?s stay in New York with Alan Lomax.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Vera Hall explains that Fine, Super Fine was a courtship game in which players redeem a pawn. It sometimes involved kissing and the children pretended reluctance but really liked it. The first boy who courted her played this game. He asked her a riddle about getting a bear, a goose, and a peck of corn across a river without having them eat each other. More about courting and introducing Young Speckled Lady.
:: Collection :: Vera Hall 1948



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