Bethel Grove, Arkansas
May 18, 1951
Collected by Irene Carlisle
Reel 120 Item 4
DISCUSSION OF SINGING SCHOOL (About 1894)
We got up a stock company, and hired--ah--got up a
company, and guaranteed Professor Torbett a hundred dollars
to come and teach a twenty-day school. He took up at eight
o'clock of a morning, and, just like the day school, we have
recess about ten, and then have noon, ana we'd sing till
four o'clock; and this old book that we had there was a-the
one I got this song out of, was the one we used in that
school. (Song referred to was The Old Farm Gate.) And it
was out of date then—out of print, as far as that's con-cerned.
The book was, I expect, fifty years old, even at that
time; but we used it in our concert and literary conventions,
and things like that;/ and for the entertainment at the last
night, we charged for—the people for gettin' in, to help raise
this money; and we 'lowed everybody to come, in the country.
And there were teachers came from off out of our vicinity.
And he taught three different times; he taught twice at
Walnut Grove,and once at Cemetery Hill. Three different times,
twenty-day schools. I went to him three twenty-day schools.
Not of a night, like they teach singin' schools now, but it
was the whole day; we put in the whole day, just like a literary
(How did he teach?)
Well, we had an organ; at that time, there was no
pianos in the country, and we just had got an organ, an old-fashioned
organ; and he was good on that. And men the girls;
he learnt a lot of the girls to play. He could teach instrumental
music, but yet he didn't feature that kind of work; he was—
he was a singin' teacher. He was a good singer; and we had
all kinds—I remember one little song that we sang there; kind
of a men's quartet. We sang it:
Hey, riddle de riddle,
The cat and the fiddle;
The cow jumped over the moon;
And the little dog laughed to see such sport,
while the dish ran away with the spoon.
Ran away, ran away, ran away, ran away!
The dog and the cat, the cow ana the moon;
The dish ran away, ran away with the spoon.
Spoon, spoon, spoon, spoon, spoon, spoon, spoon.
The bass would come in there, you know.
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