Songs and Southern Breezes

Songs and Southern Breezes❰BOOKS❯ ✭ Songs and Southern Breezes Author Bob Copper – Subtitled Country Folk and Country WaysFrom 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 spi Subtitled Country Folk and Country WaysFrom the book's endpapers“Have you ever spent an evening in early Summer sipping ale on a wooden bench outside a Songs and PDF or 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 uavering 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 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 historyA 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 threeThen 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. Enjoyed this a wistful and lyrical paean to calmer uieter 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 tellingThe book is peopled by a succession of colourful characters but the author grants them dignity and records scraps of their lives in their own words bringing them vividly to life without condescension or patronisation A pure joy to read 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 HampshireThat 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 harvesters came into common use This book is finely peppered through with similar examples No wonder our present day obsession with possessions including children financed through the racking up huge personal and social debts looks increasingly like appallingly stupid behaviourIn a society which has become ever interconnected; it is truly unnerving to realise just how rapidly we are losing we have lost our national and local identities the abilities and skills to socialise and empathise with our neighbours and to take personal responsibility for ensuring a happy future for our children That’s why it’s even important that this book should be picked up read and acted upon by as many readers as possible Go on You'll find it a truly immersive but humbling experience

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  • Hardcover
  • 297 pages
  • Songs and Southern Breezes
  • Bob Copper
  • English
  • 07 February 2016
  • 9780434144563