Mudcat Café message #2091560 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #102055   Message #2091560
Posted By: Azizi
01-Jul-07 - 10:10 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Subject: RE: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
For the sake of full disclosure, I want to indicate that for the last two and one half years I have been working on a book of children's rhymes. This book will include examples of specific types of rhymes. This book will also include commentary about the structures, text, performance activities of children's rhymes, and meanings {both etymological and psycho-social meanings} of selected rhymes. This book will also include my comments and other's comments about the roles of the mass media and the Internet in the creation and popularization of certain children's rhymes.

I have contacted individual Mudcat members for permission to use the examples & comments that they have posted on this thread and other Mudcat threads in this proposed book and also on my website, Cocojams. [However, most of the post on Cocojams come from visitor submissions]. I have also contacted Mudcat's owner and Mudcat's administrator and received permission to include posts from Guests in my book. It is my intention to continue to ask Mudcat members for permission for me to use selected examples & comments that they have posted on this and on other Mudcat threads.

I have mentioned this project before on a couple of Mudcat threads including at the end of this post: thread.cfm?threadid=81350#1493554

Prior to that post {and I believe before I talked to Joe Offer and Max Seigel about this project}, I started a Mudct thread specifically referring to this project and my desire to get permission to use selected examples & comments from folks posting here.

Also, for the sake of full disclosure, I readily admit that not only does posting on threads such as this one helps me gather examples and information, it also helps me to formulate my thoughts about this subject.

From an aesthetic standpoint, I enjoy reading children's rhymes & cheers and I like seeing children perform these rhymes & cheers.
I also enjoy collecting children's rhymes and doing "detective work" trying to figure out the source materials and the meanings of slang and other words & phrases used in specific rhymes. I like conversing with others about children's rhymes and cheers. And I consider collecting, documenting, and sharing examples of children's rhymes as one of my "purposes of being".

But to the extent that my working on a book on children's rhymes and my having a website on children's rhymes means that I have an ulterior motive in posting to Mudcat threads on children's rhymes and starting Mudcat threads on children's rhymes threads, I plead guilty as charged.