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I’D RATHER BE A DOG…and Other Stories

Excerpt from Story: I’d Rather Be a Dog (Story) (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/rather-be-a-dog-story NULL.wav)

After rattling around North Carolina and the southeast sharing stories and songs with children in schools, libraries and at festivals- I finally gave in to the encouragement and gentle pressure of friends and fellow storytellers. Finally I recorded this first CD which includes several of my signature stories …and a couple of new ones thrown in for good measure.

This is an original story based very loosely on my first dog Ollie. While he was a very smart and talented canine, he had no aspirations for fame and as the story relates- he was happy just being a dog. Excerpt from Song: I’d Rather Be a Dog (Song) (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/rather-be-a-dog-song NULL.wav) And what the story relates the song puts to rhyme- Ollie had rather just be a dog!

LITTLE OLD WOMAN AND HER BIG YELLOW CAT

Excerpt from story: The Old Lady and the Cat (Story) (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/old-lady-and-cat NULL.wav)Early on when I moved from reading stories aloud to children this story was one of the first that I told aloud to children. It was inspired by Jack Kent’s THE FAT CAT based on a Norweigan folktale. Excerpt from song: The Old Lady and the Cat (Song) (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/cat-song NULL.wav)This is a short little ditty on the feeding frenzy of the Big Yellow Cat.

OLD FROG

Excerpt from story: Old Frog (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/old-frog-story NULL.wav)The story of this boastful but ill fated frog from the south was encouraged and inspired by the story The Foolish Frog found in PETE SEEGERS STORYTELLING BOOK. Excerpt from song: Ole Frog Song (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/ole-frog-song NULL.wav) This is my version of the recurring cumulative song from the story.

COYOTE AND MOUSE

Adapted from a Mexican folktale, this story of two testy friends — Coyote and Mouse — finds a trickster being tricked. During a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico I found many folktales about sly Coyote, so I decided to add a version of my own.

JUAN PEDRO AND ABUELA ROSA

I first heard this bilingual “Squeaky Door” version done by Joe Hayes many years ago. This is my own version of this classic cumulative tale.

DO TELL! CABIN TALES FROM THE MOUNTAINSIDE

Do Tell CD by Ron Jones (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/cd_do_tell NULL.jpg)Early on in my storytelling career I was drawn to the tales of the Applachian Mountains. The simple but adventerous characters and settings always provided for a good story. When performing in schools and libraries the Jack Tales and other Appalachian folktales are constant favorites with audiences. I’ve tried to capture that feel and flavor with these Cabin Tales from the Mountainside.

UNCLE JAKE AND HIS PET RATTLESNAKE

Excerpt from story: Uncle Jake and His Pet Rattlesnake (Story) (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/jake-rattlesnake NULL.wav)The idea for this story came from a joke Glenn Rounds told me many years ago while we were performing together. I got a good chuckle from Glenn when I told him this story that I crafted from his joke- to me that was an incredible compliment.

THE TOE

This is my version of the classic Appalachian jump story. I was at a gathering of storytellers when I first heard Jackie Torrence sharing her version- The Big Hairy Toe. Another version can be found as The Chunck of Meat in Richard Chase’s GRANDFATHER TALES. It has always been a hit at ghost storytelling sessions and around campfires. But the most fun is sharing it with school children- especially if it is just before lunch time!

Ron Jones with guitarCALEB AND SARA

Excerpt from story: Caleb and Sara (Story) (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/caleb-sara NULL.wav)Years ago I had the good fortune of being seated next to NC Author and Folklorist Richard Walser at a dinner party. We had a wonderful conversation about storytelling. I told him I often shared his stories from NORTH CAROLINA LEGENDS when telling in schools and libraries. Over the years Richard became a good friend and storytelling mentor. One of my favorite stories from his book is The Honeymoon- a brief tale that Richard based on a paragraph found in THE HEIRS OF ST. KILDA; A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN PAST by John Monroe, 1881. Excerpt from song: Sweet Sara (Song) (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sweet-sara NULL.wav)I created my own version of the tale and also wrote a brief ballad- Sara, Sweet Sara, and sing it at the end of the story.

JACK AND THE TWO BOTTLES

Excerpt from story: Jack and the Two Bottles (Story) (http://www NULL.rijones NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/jack-magic NULL.wav)I don’t tell a lot of fairytales but one that I was drawn to is Clever Peter and the Two bottle found in an 1885 collection of stories- PEPPER AND SALT, by Howard Pyle. The theme of the put upon young man who outwits the devious king always reminded me of a Jack Tale. Jack and the Two Bottles is my retelling of the story.