Category Archives: Musical


Down by the banks

The informant explained that this is a hand game or clapping game she used to play at summer camp in between activities with the other girls who were in her cabin. Her estimate for when people play it is ages 6-12. You learn it by playing and other children explain it to you. She also… Continue Reading »

Circle — A High School Theater Ritual

Main Piece:  Before every show we always had this thing called Circle, and the purpose of Circle was to kind of like, get you hyped up and get your nerves out, and kind of keep you from being shy or feeling stage fright by doing silly, silly things, and seeing people do silly things. And… Continue Reading »

Children’s Clapping Game: Lemonade, Crunchy Ice

Main Piece:  “Lemonade  Crunchy ice  beat it once beat it twice  turn around touch the ground  kick your boyfriend out of town  Freeze  American cheese  I think I’m gonna sneeze  achoo woohoo” Background: The informant used to perform this song as part of clapping game in pre-school and elementary school in Arizona. She described it… Continue Reading »

The SMU Beanie

Main Piece The “beanie” is a peculiar bit of Southern Methodist University (SMU) material lore that is “like a baseball cap, but it’s been shortened and it intentionally fits badly.” AB tells me about the beanie’s history at SMU: The whole university’s freshman class, circa 1930s, used to wear them as a signifier that they… Continue Reading »

The Victory Dance of the University of Texas Rowers

Main piece: When Texas [University of Texas] wins NCAA or they do well or something I think, they dance. They have this little, like, line dance kind of thing. They do this dance in their “unis”, so their rowing unisuits, they’re like leotards but for rowers, and then they have those on, plus these you… Continue Reading »