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Author: Robins, Christopher
Abstract: "Ode to Cary Field" was written and performed by College of William and Mary student Christopher Robins accompanied by fellow student Beth Meade. The song was written to protest the proposed expansion of the stadium at the College of William and Mary. An audio cassette tape of the song was digitized by Swem Library staff in August 2009. The original cassette tape is accession 1980.135 from the University Archives Audiovisual Collection.
Issued Date: 1979
Subjects: Cary Field
Stadium expansion
College of William and Mary
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1502
Description: Christopher Robins, September 13, 2009: "I know it sounds quaint today, but believe it or not, I resisted opportunities for personal publicity or to capitalize on my 15 minutes of fame because I felt it would "pollute the cause" (my words). I felt pretty strongly about the issue at the time, and was simply expressing myself in the only way I could. Because there was so much money behind the proposal, most regular people felt helpless in opposition. I confess I took great secret pride in that the "tongue-in-cheek" message was often misconstrued by the many of the targets themselves. I was woken up early on a snowy morning and asked to play and sing this thing outdoors for a real retro-60s style protest rally, complete with incendiary speeches. Directly in front of me was a cluster of football team members. Instead of the terrible fusillade of snowballs and abuse I expected, I had the surreal experience of the whole group singing the lyrics back at me, word for word, the totality of the crowd drowning out the feeble PA setup." Contemporary newspaper articles about Robins and his song are available in the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

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