Laughterlegendslessonslife & a Little Bit of Music
- Artist: Faye Wooden
- Format: CD
- Release Date:11/22/2005
LAUGHTER is the great equalizer...Stories are fun. Country musician and comedian, Archie Campbell, used spoonerisms (named for Rev. Spooner of Oxford) when he recorded this garbled fairy tale, RINDERCELLA, on his album Have a Laugh on Me (RCA Victor, 1966). Used with permission. The hilarious Appalachian folktale, OLD DRY FRYE, is one of my most requested stories. Special thanks to two talented young storytellers, Haley and Kolby Jacobs, who asked me to include it on this CD. LEGENDS are where we come from...Stories help us remember the past. A legend of the Cherokee people, WHY POSSUM'S TAIL IS BARE, teaches us an important lesson. From James Mooney's Myths of the Cherokees. LESSONS are what we learn along the way...Stories teach us how to live. TRUTH AND STORY is adapted from 'Truth in Gay Clothes,' attributed to Rabbi Jacob Krantz (late 1799s) who used parables to help his people understand life. The ancient Hindu parable, THE RUBY, guides listeners toward life's genuine riches. LIFE is the road we travel every day...Stories help us enjoy the journey. I hope you'll find laughter and memorable lifelong lessons in my signature stories, MULE TRAIN DAZE and SLEEP TALKING. These true personal stories still guide and inspire me as I travel along the Story Road. Faye Wooden's own life story is as colorful as the tales and legends she weaves for her audiences. Born of Cherokee descent, she was raised an 'army brat' spending many of her childhood days either on her family's dairy farm or in her grandfather's drug store. Her resume is likewise multifaceted. In addition to her current role as a professional storyteller, Faye's work background includes stints as a teacher, banker, soda jerk, university administrator, bear trapper, consultant, pianist, secretary, herbalist, pet therapy volunteer, published author, hiker and student of nature-human and otherwise. Today, Faye is a member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, the Tennessee Storytellers Association, the Southern Order of Storytellers and the National Storytelling Network. She holds a master's degree in Story Arts from East Tennessee State University. Entertaining audiences from as far away as New Zealand, Faye continues to travel, always searching for new stories, parables, cultural legends, fables, poems and true tales with humorous or heartwarming spins on life. A nationally-recognized public speaker since 1980, Faye has conducted professional development workshops, seminars and radio programs nationwide. As a storyteller, she shares her message of 'Laughter, Legends, Lessons and Life' through each performance, sometimes enhancing it with music from the bowed psaltery and lap dulcimer. Faye has performed at public and private schools, universities, libraries, church and civic events as well as summer camps, storytelling festivals, coffee houses and events to honor America's veterans. She is also available for family gatherings, corporate meetings, picnics and private parties.