Tag Archives: driving


Lifting Your Legs Over Train Tracks for Good Luck

Context: The informant and I were driving in the car when we passed over train tracks and she told me the piece. The piece was collected in its natural performance setting. Background: The informant is my mother, who is a third generation Irish immigrant. She learned the piece as a child from her parents who… Continue Reading »

Ghost on MA-70

[The subject is PD. His words are bolded, mine are not.] Context: PD is a college student from Massachusetts. He is Caucasian, of Irish-Catholic heritage, and has lived in the United States for his entire life. This story was told to a small group of people during a party, just after midnight, when the conversation… Continue Reading »

Backseat Butcher Horror Story

Informant: J, a 22-year-old, Caucasian male who grew up in San Francisco, California until he turned 16. He now lives in Boise, Idaho. He spent his summers at summer camp with his friends. Background info: During summer camps, counselors and children would sit around a fire-pit at night and tell stories. While some of these… Continue Reading »

San Francisco Hitch-Hiker Ghost Story

Informant: J, a 22-year-old, Caucasian male who grew up in San Francisco, California until he turned 16. He now lives in Boise, Idaho. He spent his summers at summer camp with his friends. Background info: During summer camps, counselors and children would sit around a firepit at night and tell stories. While some of these… Continue Reading »