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Teaching TikTok’s Sea Chanteys: How Life in a Pandemic Mirrors Months at Sea

TikTok’s Sea Chanteys: How Life in a Pandemic Mirrors Months at Sea

Historically, chanteys began with a sing-out by a crew member called “the chanteymen.” This was someone prized for his voice and ability to improvise lyrics. Fellow sailors would respond with the refrain as they toiled away at their tasks. Now we’re seeing TikTok users and Twitter users belting out songs, inspired by chanteys, to their followers. Their posts are often labeled with the hashtag #seashanty

Jessica Floyd, Associate Professor and Coordinator of English, Community College of Baltimore County
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