Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Zora Neale Hurston's Voice and Singing

The Florida Memory Project link on Zora Neale Hurston offers for download songs that she collected from Florida. The BONUS is that Hurston sings the songs herself and that many of the songs include short interviews with her on how she found the song, the origin of the song, and how she learns the songs so that she can sing them the way that she does. She also explains in some cases the context in which she found the song--what the people were doing when she heard them singing it. The list for download has all the songs Zora Neale Hurston recorded for the Works Progress Administration.

"I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions."
- Letter from Zora Neale Hurston to Countee Cullen

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