Tuesday, September 05, 2006


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NPR had a piece about worksongs. One of the selections included a piece about oyster shuckers in Virginia recorded in 1993. The Researcher being interviewed commented how some of the younger people on the shucking floor would not join in on the song. He noted that it was because the younger folks associated the songs with being oppressed or socialy less than. I would also add that the songs come from prolonged distress in a work environment. It goes beyond personal suffering. When leaving that job would make the ones you love suffer you reach a point of dispair that has a sound of its own like a bent reed in the wind you open you heart and a humm comes out. After week two of fourty hours each feeding people bagels I felt this humm. it felt pretty good.


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