Let me tell you a story

Posted by on 17 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: blog

“Let me tell you a story.”
Now what is the best way to tell a story?
They can be true or make belief.
I’ve seen films, heard tales, heard story songs and poems, read stories.
Some stories are short and some are long.
And some story tellers are very animated and others very calm and humdrum.
A guy named Bo Eason says stories can be used for good or bad
and that stories of good can defeat evil because they expose the
human soul on fire. He says that leaders are good story tellers.

In the film “Tammy and the Bachelor”, Debbie Reynolds as

Tambrey Tyree tells the story of Great Grandmother Cratcher

to the delight of all the guests at “the Pilgrimage”.

Stories can be told that way, in films, on a neighbor’s porch

or even down at the corner cafe or store, or told in song or verse.

They can be fun, sad, happy, informative, historical.
I’ve even told some stories myself.
Here’s a few.
“Twas the Night Before Christmas” is read on film

Christmas 1
“In a Fishbowl” is a story of a part of my life on audio recording.

I was in a short film telling a story.
“You Have Been Warned” YHBW 2
I like telling stories with poetry.
“The Writer” is a story of a would be author.
Then there are lots of stories put to song.
Here are some examples :

Then there is just telling a story
And I’ve got many more of my recorded stories and
many yet untold.
So what stories do you want to tell?

Here are photos of me telling some stories:

Nuttin 1

Hamblin 2

Santa 1

Hamblin 1Rich man 1

She sweet

New Storytelling CD

Posted by on 11 Nov 2014 | Tagged as: blog

New Storytelling CD is now available!

A Friend on Sing Snap sang
“When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” with a Davew.
It reminded me of the following:
In 2006, I did an audio cassette of “Fanny Stories”, true experiences of my mother’s mother, Fanny Crawford Gifford.
Just recently I did a story telling cd and included two of her stories.
In one of them, she tells about the death of her little sister Laura Ann when Fanny was eight and of a 4 yr old brother, Joseph, who died at age four, when Fanny was 12. Fanny had learned to play the organ and often played “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” at Joseph’s request as it was his favorite song. He’d sing along when he was feeling well enough to. Fanny prayed that he’d be healed if possible and felt a warm comforting feeling that all would be well. when Joseph died the next morning, she knew that all was well.

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder is an 1893 hymn with words and music by James Milton Black. The song was inspired by the idea of The Book of Life mentioned in the Bible, and by the absence of a child in Black’s Sunday school class when the attendance was taken. The idea of someone’s being not in attendance in heaven haunted Black, and after visiting the child’s home and calling on a doctor to attend her for pneumonia, he went home and wrote the song after not finding one on a similar topic in his hymn collection. The song’s lyrics were first published in a collection titled Songs of the Soul and the song has since been translated into at least 14 languages and sung all over the world in a variety of Christian denominations.

In 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill created a stir in the British press when he quoted the hymn in response to a question about when the Big Three were going to meet; stated the Winnipeg Free Press: “Mr. Churchill, in one of his somewhat puckish moods, replied that he did not know, but, he added irreverently, ‘When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.'”

Listen to my recording and read the whole story:


The story as told by Fanny is in the description.

On the cd are Fanny’s stories, Jacob Hamblin and Brigham Young as I tell their stories in St. George Live,  Denzil Hall, and other story tellers I have known,  my take and Abraham Lincoln’s take on storytelling,  and I’m adding “The Ugliest Man In Washington County, Utah” to future editions.  https://youtu.be/byWi0yTktSI?si=w7DvB2bYsLYWBANj

The ten original cds are gone and the new ones will be ready in days.

Order your copy now.

Write ” beachamj82@yahoo.com ”  in subject “Storytelling cd”

You can pay via paypal “beachamj82@yahoo.com” 

$20 USA plus $3 S&H



Last Show

Posted by on 22 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: blog

April 18th, 2009 at Twin Lakes HOA monthly potluck get together hired me as the entertainment. I Started the show with “Walkin’ Home”, followed by my own song:”No room for a cow”. Then the folks learned the true story of the “Ugliest man in Washington County Utah”. That was followed by the “Green Cheese moon”. Then the program took on a different sound as I sang”Sing anything”, then “Streets of Laredo”(helped of course by the audience). We all tried “Give my Regards to Broadway”. I did most of “Plenty of Nuttin'” by myself(people like to sing along, don’t you?) and then we all had a great time with “Waltzin’ Matilda” and then I even got some assistence with “Ole Man River” to end my show.  Shelia Dutton, the director of the county fair poetry competition came in late with two other women and a baby during the songs and requested  a story after the singing. I told the crowd the St.George Live script version that I give when I portray Jacob Hamblin, Mormon pioneer and peacemaker to the Indians. I thanked them for being such a fine audience and then stepped out side to tell the “Ugliest man” story and “No room for a cow” to the three women who came late. (I either enter the poetry competition at the fair, which includes the reading of one’s own poems, and entertain while awaiting the judges decisions or just entertain the folks. I haven’t made it the last two years but plan on it this year.)

Then I got to eat after the others left and spoke with the Entertainment Director, Barbara Hunt(a newspaper entertainment and book reviewer) and to a Judy who sings with the Southern Utah Heritage Choir(the choir is going to sing in Singapore in Oct. this year). The food was great as was the audience and the company after wards.

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