Hearing Others in Qualitative Research
Chapter 6. Listening Geographically: Hearing and Critical Reflexivity
LISTENING GEOGRAPHICALLY: HEARING AND CRITICAL REFLEXIVITY
Carbondale, Illinois, is approximately one hundred miles away from the places where Miles Davis was born and raised. When I first moved to Carbondale, as a graduate student, the connection between the area and Davis’s life story did not immediately occur to me. There were no obvious monuments, memorials, or other signifiers of Davis’s life in the area. It was not until I came across an article in the Southern Illinois University newspaper, The Daily Egyptian, about an historic building in downtown Carbondale that was set to be demolished that I realized just how close I was to a part of Davis’s story (Lorimor, 2007). The Tuscan Masonic Lodge, or Carbondale Oddfellow’s Lodge, on the corner of Jackson Street and North Washington Street, near the town square, was a place where Davis had once performed in Carbondale. On March 4, 2009, the more than one hundred year old Tuscan Lodge was demolished (Thomas, 2009).
These stories led me back to Davis’s (Davis & Troupe, 1989) autobiography to see if he had mentioned his performance at the Tuscan Lodge. He talks briefly about performing in Carbondale during a competition with his high school band, but there are no clues about his performance at the Tuscan Lodge (p. 33). I visited the building where Davis performed just days before the structure was completely destroyed. From the outside, the abandoned red brick building ← 113 | 114 → provided virtually no clues about...
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