Sallie Independence Foster lived in a world of high-top shoes, inkwells, and mail carried on horseback. But storyteller Dolores Hydock and musician Bobby Horton have brought her into the 21st century.
Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama in 1861 when the War Between the States began. She was keeping a diary at the time, and kept on keeping a diary for 26 years. This performance, based on Sallie's diaries, papers, and letters from her brothers off at war, presents a funny, touching, and uniquely personal look at the life and times that Sallie shared with her paper "dear Companion."
Storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s story with camp songs, period favorites, and original tunes to create a poignant, powerful, humorous, and honest picture of a world of innocence turned upside-down.
Click on the arrow at right to see an excerpt of A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart,recorded at the Dauphin Island Storytelling Festival in Dauphin Island, Alabama (courtesy of the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council)
Click here for an artsBHAM review of a performance of A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart at Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre.
A 19th-century girl goes digital!
A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster has been released on CD, and received a Resource Award in Storytelling from Storytelling World Magazine!
Bobby and I have made a two-CD, nearly-2-hour-long recording of the story of Sallie Independence Foster. The 2-CD set is $20, and can be purchased at the Alabama Booksmith (2626 19th Place South in Homewood; 870-4242), through the buy CDs here page of this website, or at any of my upcoming story performances.
"I thought about Sallie the whole weekend after the show. I felt like I knew her, like I had walked with her through a slice of history that I will never again think about in quite the same way." -- audience member
"...a richly entertaining show, funny and moving in unexpected ways. And Bobby's music added a rich layer of emotion. It was an inspiring evening!" -- audience member
Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama when the War Between the States began. She kept a journal at the time, and her diary entries paint a compelling picture -- funny, touching, and personal -- of a child’s innocent world colliding with the reality of war. The journal continues through the war and for another 22 years, as Sallie grows to be a young woman, marries, and begins a family of her own.
Storyteller Dolores Hydock and nationally known music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie's journals, letters, historical photographs, and music of the time to create a uniquely personal glimpse at a radically changing world.
Click on the arrow at left to hear an excerpt from the ending of A Sweet Strangeness...
Sallie's diaries and other papers are now in the safekeeping of the Archives of the University of North Alabama, thanks to the generosity of Sallie's great-grandson Jim McDonald and great-granddaughter Flora Speed (shown at right with Dolores).
Bobby Horton and Dolores have collaborated on another show that brings history to life -- Starch in Their Petticoats: True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the West. You can find a description of this performance on the stories: all sorts page of this site.
They also perform together in a holiday show called Jingle All the Way: Stories, Songs, and Sing-a-Longs for the Holidays.
Bobby Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and music historian. He is perhaps most identified as part of Three on a String, a bluegrass comedy act that has been playing to packed houses across the country and around the world for more than 40 years. But his career is as diverse as his musical talent.
He has earned a national reputation for historic music, writing scores and playing for dozens of documentary films, most notably 14 documentaries for Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning director and producer Ken Burns (including The Civil War, Lewis and Clark, and Baseball. Horton's historic music also is featured in films shown in national parks across the U.S. His series of recordings of authentic period music has been acclaimed by historical organizations and publications through the U.S. and Europe.
Bobby is a recipient of the 2013 Alabama Humanities Award for outstanding contribution to the arts in Alabama.
For more information about Bobby Horton's work as a musician, music historian, and composer, visit www.bobbyhorton.com