A Final Survey

A plethora of thoughts and emotions overwhelm me as I sit down to compose this final post. Final – not only in the sense of one installment of this project on Musical Geography, but because this will be one of my final assignments as a student of St. Olaf...

Who gets what history?

One of the major challenges of this investigation into the Slave Songs of the United States has been figuring out how to describe this genre of music. What Allen, Ware, and McKim Garrison label as “slave songs” can also be considered under a number of...

Coordinating People and Places

When we talk about mapping people, not just places, what else is necessary? Let me step back momentarily to the first instance of my involvement on this project: CURI summer 2015. My particular project on that larger endeavor was the composition of a short,...