Return to the Session's introductory webpage

 

 

"Storytelling Workshop Session

on Rhythm, Melody, and Rhyme in Speech;

and on Rhythm in Movement"

 

 

 

Instances of Rhythm, Melody, and Rhyme in Speech --

 

_________________________________________________________

 

 

Kani People at Dakshin Chitra,

https://youtu.be/R2Bn0xVIdeo

 

Rajammal and team.

11.30 to 17.30

SINGING ABOUT A STORY

 

_________________________________________________________

 

 

Epic Chanters,

https://youtu.be/p9eyp0x4IJs

 

Lady African-American Preacher

3:40

you wouldn't be here today

hadn't god comforted you,

hadn't god had understanding for you,

hadn't god had love for you,

oh lord!

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE.

AT THE END OF THE LIST, SUMS THINGS UP WITH AN EXCLAMATION

 

thank you jesus!

when he received you -- some of you were prostitutes.

when he received you -- some of you were dope addicts.

when he received you -- some of you were staying with men.

when he received you -- some of you were bar-hoppers.

when he received you -- some of you were back-sliders.

oh lord!

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE.

AT THE END OF THE LIST, SUMS THINGS UP WITH AN EXCLAMATION

 

_________________________________________________________

 

 

USA National Storytelling Festival,

https://youtu.be/RGZhjT2LpeM

 

Carol Birch.

 

3:08

but the wind said, "a sail can't keep you warm!  i'll freeeeeeeze you, kagan"

SPEAKS (WITH A UNIQUE VOICE) AS A CHARACTER.

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

3:55

"Kagen, Kagen, turn your back on me!"

SINGS AS A CHARACTER

 

_________________________________________________________

 

 

Diane Ferlatte

 

1

Many Stories, One World

(International Storytelling Conference, Istanbul, 2013) (30:36).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iduMoffZ_54

 

0:30

I'm so glad I'm here

BREAKS INTO SONG.

SINGS ABOUT HOW SHE FEELS, AND ABOUT HER STORIES

 

5:27

put it into a pot of beans, to give it flavor.

took it out.  put it into a pot of beans, to give it flavor.

took it out.  put it into a pot of beans, to give it flavor.

REPEATS A PHRASE AND GESTURE.

 

9:30

they played together.

they walked together.

they ate together.

REPEATS  A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE

 

14:20

and remember --

there are 2 sides, 2 sides, 2 sides to,

2 sides, 2 sides, 2 sides to,

2 sides, 2 sides, 2 sides to, every stoooooory (EXTENDS VOWEL SOUND)

BREAKS INTO SONG.

SINGS AS NARRATOR (SINGING A MORAL TO THE STORY).

INVITES LISTENERS TO JOIN IN

 

15:20

using stories as a teaching tool, is as oooold as mankind

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

16:00

And do you know why they laughed at him?

hiiiiiiiis head was long (EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND)

his nose was flat

his skin was black

his lips were thick

had a hump on his back

his belly was large

his legs were bowed --

but what they didn't know, that little slave Aesop, he had a heart of gold.

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE.

BREAKS INTO SONG

 

16:48

one fiiiiiiiiine morning  (EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND),

there was that donkey was walking down the road

BREAKS INTO SONG

boom shakka lakka lakka boom boom

boom shakka lakka lakka boom (clap)

boom shakka lakka lakka boom boom 

boom shakka lakka lakka boom (clap)

SINGS.

A CHARACTER'S WALKING IS REPRESENTED BY SONG SYLLABLES

 

17:00

when the donkey, he sees a lion skin on the ground, the whole lion skin --

STOPS SINGING (STOPS MOMENTUM) WHEN THERE IS A "BUT",

AN INTERRUPTION, AN OPPOSITIONAL MOMENT IN THE STORY

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS)

AND GESTURE (SHE REACTS EACH TIME) --

the head

the tail

the claws

 

18:00

the people said, "run, run, run for your lives", ...

and the people ran this way, they ran that way, they ran every way

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE

 

18:25

and the donkey went walking down the road again,

AGAIN -- BREAKS INTO SONG

boom shakka lakka lakka boom boom 

boom shakka lakka lakka boom (clap)

AGAIN -- SINGS, AND THE CHARACTER'S WALKING IS REPRESENTED BY SONG SYLLABLES

18:55

there was one

thing

wrong

SPEAKS WORD-BY-WORD (IN STACCATO STYLE) WITH GESTURES

 

20:20

when he went to elementary school, things were fine.

when he got to middle school, (sound and gesture).

when he got to high school, i don't know why some kids are so mean.

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE

 

23:20

if people don't like it, too bad.

it's better to be yourself,

it's better to be yourself,

REPEATS A PHRASE AND GESTURE,

BREAKS INTO SONG,

SINGING AS NARRATOR,

INVITES LISTENERS TO JOIN IN

 

23:30

FROM SINGING TO "SPEAK-SINGING"

before you say an ugly word, stop and think again.

before you say an ugly word, stop and count to ten.

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE,

BREAKS INTO SONG,

SINGS AS NARRATOR,

INVITES LISTENERS TO JOIN IN

 

27:30

you were married 69 years?  SPEAKS SLOW

to the same woman?  THEN SPEAKS FAST (STACCATO)

 

28:50

lean on me

BREAKS INTO SONG (A POP SONG).

SINGS IT AS A MORAL OF THE STORY,

WITH CLAPPING,

INVITES LISTENERS TO JOIN IN

 

***

 

2

Brer Rabbit's Dance (8:52).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEoEGr955tw&t=7s

 

1:43

One fiiiiine morning

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

1:50

Brer Rabbit squeeeeeezed out of his little hole

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

2:18

he went hopping down the road,

he went hopping down the road,

AS NARRATOR, DESCRIBES A CHARACTER'S ACTIONS,

BREAKS INTO SONG, REPEATING A PHRASE AGAIN AND AGAIN

 

4:28

you know he loooooooved greens

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

6:09

you know he loooooooved tomatoes

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND.

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE

 

4.50

Squeeeeeezed out of his little hole

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

5:00

Weeeell, going down to mr petiway's s to eat some greens

AS A CHARACTER, DESCRIBES ACTIONS THE CHARACTER IS ABOUT TO DO.  BREAKS INTO SONG, REPEATING A LINE AGAIN AND AGAIN.

CLAPS. INVITES LISTENERS TO SING AND CLAP.

 

***

 

3

Hambone (4:16).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E8gUg-OmhY

 

2.40

put it into a pot of beans, to give it flaaaaaaavor (EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND).

took the hambone out, and gave it to their neighbor,

put it in their beans, to give it flaaaaaaavor (EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND).

took the hambone out, and gave it to their neighbor,

put it in their beans, to give it flaaaaaaavor EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND.

REPEATS A PHRASE AND GESTURE.

 

***

 

4

The Lord and Noah (16:47).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl0NkJxaReI

 

1:00

nobody knows the trouble i've seen

AS A CHARACTER, BREAKS INTO SONG

 

2:40

maaaaankind, is just right for this earth

SAYS ONE WORD WITH AN EXTENDED VOWEL SOUND.

THEN SAYS A WORD STACCATO

 

11:30

they began to march in the ark, two by two,

they marched in the ark, two by two

AS NARRATOR, DESCRIBES ACTIONS THE CHARACTER DID. 

BREAKS INTO SONG, REPEATING A LINE AGAIN AND AGAIN.

CLAPS. INVITES LISTENERS TO SING AND CLAP.

 

15:30

when the stooooooorm was over

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

16:20

it ain't going to rain no more, no more,

it ain't going to rain no more,

how am i going to wash my neck,

if it ain't going to rain no more?

AS A CHARACTER, BREAKS INTO SONG

 

***

 

5

Next Town (5:45).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRfdiarBnWY                                                                                               

1:00

going aaaaaaall the way to California

SPEAKS QUICKLY, THN EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

_________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________

 

 

Types of Rhythm, Melody, and Rhyme in Speech --

 

 

Kani People at Dakshin Chitra,

https://youtu.be/R2Bn0xVIdeo

 

Rajammal and team.

11.30 to 17.30

SINGS ABOUT THE STORY

 

_________________________________________________________

 

 

Epic Chanters,

https://youtu.be/p9eyp0x4IJs

 

Lady African-American Preacher

3:40

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE.

AT THE END OF THE LIST, SUMS THINGS UP WITH AN EXCLAMATION

 

_________________________________________________________

 

 

USA National Storytelling Festival,

https://youtu.be/RGZhjT2LpeM

 

Carol Birch.

 

3:08

SPEAKS (WITH A UNIQUE VOICE) AS A CHARACTER.

 

3:08

EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

3:55

SINGS AS A CHARACTER

 

_________________________________________________________

 

 

Diane Ferlatte

 

1

Many Stories, One World

(International Storytelling Conference, Istanbul, 2013) (30:36).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iduMoffZ_54

 

1      0:30

BREAKS INTO SONG.

SINGS ABOUT HOW SHE FEELS, AND ABOUT HER STORIES

 

1      5:27

REPEATS A PHRASE AND GESTURE.

 

1      9:30

REPEATS  A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE

 

1      14:20

BREAKS INTO SONG.

SINGS AS NARRATOR (SINGING A MORAL TO THE STORY).

INVITES LISTENERS TO JOIN IN

 

1      16:48

A CHARACTER'S WALKING IS REPRESENTED BY SONG SYLLABLES

 

1      17:00

STOPS SINGING (STOPS MOMENTUM) WHEN THERE IS A "BUT",

AN INTERRUPTION, AN OPPOSITIONAL MOMENT IN THE STORY

 

1      17:00

REPEATS A PHRASE (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS) AND GESTURE --

SHE REACTS EACH TIME

 

1      18:55

SPEAKS WORD-BY-WORD (IN STACCATO STYLE) WITH GESTURES

 

1      27:30

SPEAKS SLOW.  THEN SPEAKS FAST (STACCATO)

 

1      28:50

BREAKS INTO SONG (A POP SONG).

SINGS IT AS A MORAL OF THE STORY.

WITH CLAPPING, INVITES LISTENERS TO JOIN IN

 

***

 

2      2:18

AS NARRATOR, DESCRIBES A CHARACTER'S ACTIONS,

BREAKS INTO SONG, REPEATING A PHRASE AGAIN AND AGAIN

 

2      5:00

weeeell, going down to mr petiway's s to eat some greens

AS A CHARACTER, DESCRIBES ACTIONS THE CHARACTER IS ABOUT TO DO.  BREAKS INTO SONG, REPEATING A LINE AGAIN AND AGAIN.

 

***

 

4      1:00

AS A CHARACTER, BREAKS INTO SONG

 

4      2:40

SAYS ONE WORD WITH AN EXTENDED VOWEL SOUND.

THEN SAYS A WORD STACCATO

 

***

 

5      1:00

SPEAKS QUICKLY, THN EXTENDS A VOWEL SOUND

 

_________________________________________________________

 

 

Note:

 

Also possible --

 

REPEAT A PHRASE (WITH TRANSFORMATIONS)

 

For example,

 

Did he go to the shop?  Yes he went to the shop.

 

 

 



To WSI homepage