in Southampton - June, 1934

from As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, pages 16-17:

I worked the streets of Southampton for several days, gradually acquiring the truths of the trade. Obvious enough to old-timers, and simple, once learnt, I had to get them by trial and error… Slow melodies were best, encouraging people to dawdle (Irish jigs sent them whizzing past)… Certain tunes, I discovered, always raised a response, while others touched off nothing at all. The most fruitful were invariably the tea-room classics and certain of the juicier national ballads. ‘Loch Lomond’, ‘Wales! Wales!’, and ‘The Rose of Tralee’ called up their supporters …   more >>
cite as

Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (Harmondsworth, 1974), p. 16-17. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Southampton

Listening to

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Ave Maria
written by Charles Gounod
performed by Laurie Lee
Largo performed by Laurie Lee
Loch Lomond performed by Laurie Lee
Picking up sticks performed by Laurie Lee
written by Toselli
performed by Laurie Lee
The Devil's Trill performed by Laurie Lee
The Rose of Tralee performed by Laurie Lee
The Whistler and His Dog performed by Laurie Lee
Wales! Wales! performed by Laurie Lee

Experience Information

Date/Time June, 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:50:38 +0100