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Songs as stories
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I was disheartened by another storyteller who said singing stories, such as ballads, was not "really" storytelling.  I bit my lip and went on without a battle, but was, of course, reminded of the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neckinger Nell Oct 24, 2010.

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Richelle Putnam replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Yes, indeed! Thanks."
Oct 17, 2010
Richelle Putnam replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Exactly!"
Oct 5, 2010
Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Ohh so true. Stringing two words together does not a story make. I have heard two people give the same story, one was painful, the other was magic."
Oct 5, 2010
Richelle Putnam replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Thank you so much for sharing. Storytelling in whatever capacity keeps our heritage alive and lives from becoming mundane!"
Oct 5, 2010
Richelle Putnam replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Good point. Voice is used in both. I have also heard story tellers who did not tell a story....but we won't go there. : ) Richelle"
Oct 5, 2010
Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Similarly some probably would say telling in poetry or verse isn't storytelling. Yet it's communication & it does have the ability to be varied to match its listeners within the context of the fixed words. I've been working at…"
Oct 5, 2010
Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Storytelling: The use of the voice to convey a narrative. Some of my favorite storytellers use music to tell their stories. I will say I'm a bit of a purest, as I believe that an author is a writer of story, not a teller. A dancer is a Dancer…"
Sep 30, 2010
Christi U. replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"I agree. I'm definitely a words person and tend to hear the "stories" within music sooner than I hear the beat. And yes, all of those songs and songtellers are perfect examples of just another expression of the same Truth we are all…"
Sep 27, 2010
Richelle Putnam replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Thank you! You named some of my all time favorites and they still move my heart after all these years. Hey, nothing better than A-cappella."
Sep 27, 2010
George Allen Williams replied to Richelle Putnam's discussion Songs as stories
"Harry Chapin was one of my favorite "song-tellers," and Stan Rogers' work still knocks me cold. For what it's worth, I've often noticed that people who comment that anything other than what they are doing isn't…"
Sep 27, 2010
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Songs as stories

I was disheartened by another storyteller who said singing stories, such as ballads, was not "really" storytelling.  I bit my lip and went on without a battle, but was, of course, reminded of the earliest known storytellers who, while playing their instrument of choice, "sang" stories for a meal, room, and board.  Some of the greatest stories ever told, historical, mythological, and folklore, were done so through singing ballads.  "Big John," "Ringo," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,"…See More
Sep 26, 2010
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Richelle Putnam replied to Brenda Pritchett's discussion Using Children's Literature to teach character traits in the group Storytelling in Education
"Any specific age group?"
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"Hello Richelle, Sme news about myself, I have been in some form of public communication for over 30 years. I started as an electronics instructor at the Federal Aviation Agency Acadamy in Oklahoma city. I have been a certified Lay Speaker in the…"
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At 9:32pm on March 26, 2010, Calvin A. Sandt said…
Hello Richelle,
Sme news about myself, I have been in some form of public communication for over 30 years. I started as an electronics instructor at the Federal Aviation Agency Acadamy in Oklahoma city. I have been a certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church. As part of these activities I started using stories as examples of my main topic. Along the way I have joined Toastmasters International, I am currently taking acting lessons at a local community theather and as part of the spring showcase whidh is coming up in two weeks I will be telling one of my original stories entitled "Full of Blarney." At one of the Toastmaster's regional conferences I gave a presentation entitled, "Speaking, Storytelling and Acting,"
At 1:00am on March 25, 2010, Cheryl Greenfield said…
Hello, Richelle! Well, you certainly caught my interest in your profile-- I love Eudora Weltly and your monologue sounds so enriching! Thank you for inviting me as a friend...will enjoy seeing your blogs, here.
At 7:47pm on December 1, 2009, Reisa Stone said…
Yes, I think that's what attracts me to Southerners and Southern literature. Also the sense of fate.

I was startled to realize how much it reminds me of Ukrainian literature. I made a connection when I found out Joseph Conrad was Ukrainian. Konrad was his middle name. Last name: Korzeniowski. Taras Shevchenko, our national hero, had a similar sense of detail and fatefulness. And I love that our national hero is a poet---just as you have Tennessee Williams Day.

On the West Coast of Canada, we don't have days commemorating writers :-(
At 11:42pm on November 30, 2009, Reisa Stone said…
Hi Richelle,

I love Southern writers, and would like to see you perform. What is it about the South that produces such great art?
At 10:23am on September 4, 2009, Rebecca L. Buscemi said…
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