Carr, Joe 2012-06-22

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Interviewee Name: Joe Carr

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Date: June 22, 2012

Location: Levelland, Texas

Interviewer: Andy Wilkinson

Length: 01:22:54


Fair Park Coliseum, They are looking at a picture, Sled Allen Arena, this story is in the book, The Cosmopolitan dance: people of all races were, Forced to dance together, it was a failed attempt, To integration in Lubbock, it was a failed attempt, But none the less an attempt, Drive in Theater, The Circle drive in, Accidentally integrated the drive in, But it ended up working, It was not a big to do, it just happened, Ultimately money wins, Elijah Cox, Fiddle, Played for the officer’s dances, Regiment of Buffalo Soldiers were stationed, so Elijah, Cox played the fiddle, The White Cockade (the cockade is the fringe button, On the military uniform), Community Musicals, All the musicals in West Texas were free, You would sign up, and sometime throughout the, Night you would be called up and play for everyone, Joe’s Children, Son- very observant, Daughter- the opposite, West Texas kids- a lot of things would be weird, if it was, Abnormal in West Texas, Ex) What kind of coffee do you want?, A perspective from West Texas might be, there is more than, One type of coffee?, The ability to play multiple instruments, Joe feels that he can relate musically in a different, Way than that of others, Physical ability, determines what instruments to play, Over the years, he took the time to analyze his, Playing on the instruments, Teaches fiddle- but he does not play it, his students don’t, Hear him play, However it can be inspiring to students to hear their teachers, Play an instrument, but he chooses not to, not to be less of an, Inspiration, but because of the physical aspect, Emily Gimble, A case of Gimbals, Inspirations of the two swell guys, The small town of the play, more Southern, The story of having the skull of Poncho Villa, They tended to overwrite, there were no early, Versions of the play (drafts), Technology has eliminated physical drafts of writing, That there used to be, The Banjo Dancing Play, Alan saw that as a way to play and make money, Bolapinta, The girl that they both loved, was in the play, not mentioned, And she was in the audience, but the audience had to, Infer that aspect of it, They put on the play at the Cotton bowl, Andy remembers when they did a reading of the play, Projects now, His physical abilities have limited him from doing, What he had hoped to be able to do, He can play slow melodies, so he is teaching private lessons, Dirt Simple- the concept is easy: Ukulele

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