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Songs and Southern Breezes Subtitled Country Folk And Country Ways From The Book S Endpapers Have You Ever Spent An Evening In Early Summer Sipping Ale On A Wooden Bench Outside A Country Pub, While The Old Man At Your Side Spins Yarns Of His Early Manhood Have You Sat In A Chimney Corner In A Flag Stoned Tap Room As An Ancient Singer In A Quavering Tenor, Sings A Song That Was Old When Lord Nelson Was A Boy If You Have, Then Cherish The Memory For These Are The Last Remaining Drops Of The Living Essence Of English Country Life This Begins SONGS AND SOUTHERN BREEZES, The Story Of Bob Copper S Wanderings In Sussex And Hampshire In Search Of Old Songs And Stories Of The English Countryside By Now 1973 The Last Generation Of Country People To Be Brought Up In A Way Unchanged In Centuries Has Begun To Die Out There Is A Danger That The Wealth Of Spoken Dialect Anecdote And Old Songs Handed Down From Father To Son Might Disappear With Them For What Has Been A Living Tradition Is Now Rapidly Becoming History.A Well Known Countryman And Folk Singer, Bob Copper Makes Vivid Portraits Of Some Of The Men And The Women He Has Met The Story Tellers Like Ex Steam Threshing Machine Driver Len Page, For Example, Who Could Make A Mousetrap Of His Shirt Whilst Still Wearing It Frank Mush Bond, Fairground Hand And Casual Farm Labourer Who Turned Out To Have Been A Startling Literary Magpie And Home Philosopher In His Spare Time And Splendid Old Fanny Thorn Who, Awarded The British Empire Medal For A Lifetime Of Service On The Land, Was Still Going Strong At Ninety Three.Then There Are The Singers Fishermen Of Hastings Recalling Contemporary Accounts Of Napoleon S Retreat From Moscow In Their Songs The Council Hedger Keeping Alive Memories Of Long Forgotten Crimes Such As A Young Girl S Murder In Poison In A Glass Of Wine , And Many Others Fifty Songs Are Collected With Full Words And Music At The Back Of This Book, Some Wistful, Some Earthily Comic, Telling Of The Old Life, Its Hardships, Its Rewards, And Perhaps, Most Appealing Of All, The Rich Sense Of Fun Of The People Who Lived It.

9 thoughts on “Songs and Southern Breezes

  1. says:

    Enjoyed this a wistful and lyrical paean to calmer, quieter times in rural Sussex Bob Copper collected tales, anecdotes and personalities as well as songs during his travels in search of the traditional folk music of the southern counties, and he records them here with sensitivity and a pure joy in the telling.The book is peopled by...

  2. says:

    This book opened my eyes to the immense and almost frighteningly rapid pace of social change in Sussex and Hampshire and by extension, Britain in the twentieth century Since 1973, when this book was published, those changes have pressed on apace Bob Copper b 1915, d 2004 bemoans our loss of the art to amuse ourselves He s talking about self made entertainments telling stories of local legends and folklore and the singing of narrative ballads Part 2 of this book contains words and music to fifty traditional songs of Sussex and Hampshire.That deep consciousness and values of the old, isolated, village life, immortalised in the writings of Thomas Hardy, was not so broad as we enjoy today No, today, we can watch television, or listen to the radio, or now surf the Web, without actually engaging the intelligence of our mind at all Bob Copper ably and sensitively describes the character and honour of the men and women of the old school who defined the character of the English for some fifteen hundred years He s one of them He has a gift for writing Southern British dialects very occasionally still heard today 2011 though the old songs which he recorded from the mid 1950 s onwards have, in my experience, now sadly vanished completely from the domestic scene In chapter sixteen, Copper meditates upon the countryman s multifarious uses of binder twine the easy availability of which vanished when combine har...

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