Can Almost See the Lights of Home ~
Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky
Hardy III & Allesandro Portelli
I CAN ALMOST SEE THE LIGHTS OF HOME
"Part ethnography, part oral history, part radio documentary, 'I Can Almost See the Lights of Home' is a hybrid work,
an 'essay-in-sound' designed to be heard, not read. It is best, then, not to read along while listening. This is a long work, so we have divided it into sections. The outline below lists the order and time of the different chapters and movements. A transcription of the essay, complete with song lyrics and the names of speakers, is included elsewhere in the Journal for reference."Charles Hardy III
October 12, 2014. Editor's note: To facilitate listening on newer devices the following MP3 files, dividing the "Essay in Sound" into two parts, were added to enable downloads. Available technology now allows for presentation in stereo and in a higher fidelity format enabling the listener to better hear the aurality of the piece as originally conceived; however, these larger files may result in longer download times. MP3 files will be added shortly to allow listening to individual segments, as originally presented. The existing original files, below, can be heard with the VLC player (a free, open-source, cross platform player), available at http://www.videolan.org.
Part I: Host Introduction through
Fourth Movement: The Tales of William Gent
Part 2: Fifth Movement: Recapitulation & Prologue through
Final Movement: A Kentuckian In Rome
HOST INTRODUCTION (4:15)
Dee Dee Napier, Stig Hornshøf-Møller, Hiram Day
INTRODUCTION: AN ITALIAN IN HARLAN (2:21)
Charles Hardy III, Alessandro Portelli
CHAPTER 1: MY HOME UP IN THE HILLS (7:19)
Music: Arthur Johnson, "My Home up in the Hills."
Dee Dee Napier, Alessandro Portelli, Annie Napier, Gladys Hoskins, William Gent
FIRST MOVEMENT: SNAKES (5:34)
Alessandro Portelli, Charles Hardy III, Chester Napier,
Riverside Church, Liddy Surgener
SECOND MOVEMENT: SISTER LIDDY (3:29)
Alessandro Portelli, Liddy Surgener, Hiram Day
THIRD MOVEMENT: COAL MINES (3:56)
Music: Becky Ruth Brae, "Coal Miners."
William Gent, Alessandro Portelli, Annie Napier
CHAPTER 2: THE ACTS OF MAN (9:46)
Music: Day Family, "The Night Old Crank's Creek Went Down."
Gladys Hoskins, Annie Napier, Alessandro Portelli, Day Family
CHAPTER 3: THE THIRD WORLD SUITE (11:08)
Music: Becky Ruth Brae & Annie Napier, "Smokey Mountain Sunday Morn."
Chester Napier, Alessandro Portelli, Lowell Wagner, Mildred Shackelford
CHAPTER 4: SURVIVAL (8:55)
Music: Arthur Johnson, "Lost Creek"; Becky Ruth Brea, "Candles on the Table."
Alessandro Portelli, Annie Napier, Day Family, Chester Napier
FOURTH MOVEMENT: THE TALES OF WILLIAM GENT (11:52)
Music: Riverside Church, "Travelling the Highway Home."
Alessandro Portelli, William Gent, Hiram Day
FIFTH MOVEMENT: RECAPITULATION AND PROLOGUE (2:17)
Music: Cranks Creek Church, "I Can Almost See the Lights."
Alessandro Portelli, Hiram Day, Dee Dee Napier, Annie Napier
CHAPTER 5: DEATH AND GHOSTS (12:17)
Music: Becky Ruth Brae, "I Can Fly."
Charles Hardy III, Alessandro Portelli, Annie Napier, Becky Ruth Brae
SIXTH MOVEMENT: VIOLENCE AND CARE (13:37)
Chester and Annie Napier, Charles Hardy III,
Alessandro Portelli, William and Omie Gent
CHAPTER 6: THE ACTS OF GOD (16:48)
Music: Becky Ruth Brae, "Don't Cry for Me."
Becky Ruth Brae, Liddy Surgener, Annie Napier, Charles Hardy III, Alessandro Portelli
CHAPTER 7: MOVEMENT AND DECLINE (9:40)
Music: Day Family, "I've Never Been This Lonesome Before";
Arthur Johnson, "My Home up in the Hills," "Courting Song."
Gladys Hoskins, William Gent, Chester Napier, Annie Napier
CHAPTER 8: THE ACTS OF MAN CONTINUED (19:26)
Music: Arthur Johnson: "The Dream of the Miner's Child."
Annie and Chester Napier, Charles Hardy III, Alessandro Portelli,
Gladys Hoskins, Joan Robinett
FINAL MOVEMENT: A KENTUCKIAN IN ROME (8:07)
Music: Riverside Church, "Feed Me Jesus."
Annie Napier, Dee Dee Napier, William Gent, Charles Hardy III, Alessandro Portelli