I'd like you all to hear the song Solomon Levi is based on.
I believe this to have some Jewish history based on some Youtube videos about it. It may
be related to the Yiddish theater that was established in New York. Many ethnic groups
enjoyed seeing theirs and others' cultures caricatured on stage.
The strength of this song shows why it was used for singing SD.
Fred Feild, sheet music singer
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From: "Tony Parkes tony(a)hands4.com [trad-dance-callers]"
Date: 08/15/2016 12:26 PM (GMT-06:00)
Subject: [trad-dance-callers] The Slow One (Was: Is there an emerging SD style?)
Bob Livingston wrote:
<<The Slow One, known as Solomon Levi, will most likely be called at the Heath and
Cummington, MA Fairs before August is finished.>>
Many thanks, Bob, for mentioning the Cummington Fair! I recently searched for local fairs
that featured square dancing, and the only one I found was Heath (Aug. 19-21), which has
its dance on the Friday. We decided against taking time off our day jobs to drive 2+ hours
on a Friday night. Somehow I overlooked Cummington (Aug. 25-28), where the dance is on the
Saturday. We happen to be free that night, so we’ll likely go.
Everyone: The dances at both fairs are by the Falltown String Band with Doug Wilkins
calling. The Square Dance History Proect
) has several video
clips of this band with Bob Livingston calling, recorded in Chesterfield, CT in 2013.
<<In CT/RI fiddler Tom Hall does a neat "doodle dee do" during the quiet
part... But there is no quiet part on the Square Dance History recording. And there is
slow part; with the complete stops that come after each line during the arm turns...at the
caller's discretion. "I'm not going too fast for anybody am I??"
...followed by double time for the dosadoes and promenades. Caller Ted Glabach in
Southern VT was great with it.>>
I don’t think I’ve ever danced The Slow One, though I’ve heard a lot about it. Jon Lurie,
who got me started as a caller at the Farm & Wilderness Camps, used to threaten to
call it, whereupon one or two people who knew it shouted “No! No! Anything but that!” I
think it was Jon who sang it to me offstage, with fast and slow parts alternating.
Curiously, although Jon learned many of his calls from David Park Williams, there is no
fast part on the recording that Dave made of The Slow One. (Several of Dave’s dances are
at the History Project, but apparently not The Slow One.)
The only place I’ve seen it in print is in a folio by Allemande Al Mueller (of upstate New
York), published around 1940 I think. It’s called something like “To the Corner with Your
Right,” and there’s no indication of a change in tempo. The tune is similar but not
identical to Solomon Levi.