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"God Save The King" (1927) 2200 voices Toronto Exhibition God save our gracious king Long live...
 
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"God Save The King" is sung by 2,200 voices on an early electrical recording. The process for making records with microphones (the "electric" recording process) was fairly new in 1927, when this was made. The Canadian National Exhibition Chorus is conducted by H. A. Fricker. The label states, "2200 voices recorded at their performance Toronto Exhibition." God save our gracious king Long live our noble king God save the king Send him victorious Happy and glorious Long to reign over us God save the king O Lord, our God arise Scatter his enemies And make them fall Confound their politics Frustrate their knavish tricks On Thee our hopes we fix God save the king Thy choicest gifts in store On him be pleased to pour Long may he reign May he defend our laws And ever give us cause To sing with heart and voice God save the king Not in this land alone But be God's mercies known From shore to shore Lord make the nations see That men should brothers be And form one family The wide world o'er From every latent foe From the assassins blow God save the king O'er him Thine arm extend For Britain's sake defend Our father, prince and friend God save the king
Views: 91956 Tim Gracyk
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five “Hotter Than That” Okeh 8535 (1927) RARE VISUALS
 
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Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five play “Hotter Than That” on Okeh 8535, recorded on December 13, 1927. Louis Armstrong is on cornet and he provides the vocal. Kid Ory plays trombone. Johnny Dodds is on clarinet. Lil Armstrong wrote the song and plays piano here. Johnny St. Cyr is on banjo. Lonnie Johnson is on guitar--listen for him ending the record!
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"Potato Head Blues" Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven on Okeh 8503 recorded May 10, 1927
 
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"Potato Head Blues" Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven Okeh 8503 recorded May 10, 1927 Armstrong, Louis (Cornet) Thomas, John (Trombone) Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo, Guitar) Briggs, Pete (Tuba) Dodds, Baby (Drums)
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Arthur Miles "Lonely Cowboy" Parts 1 & 2 (Dallas, Texas, 1929) hillbilly
 
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Arthur Miles performs "Lonely Cowboy" (Parts 1 & 2) on Victor V-40156, recorded in Dallas, Texas, on August 8, 1929. Sound file was done by Frank Dalton.
Views: 5015 Tim Gracyk
"Mother to Son" Langston Hughes recites famous Harlem Renaissance poem
 
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Mother To Son By Langston Hughes Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now— For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. Next are some interpretive questions for discussion in the classroom. FOR MY STUDENTS--GET A PARTNER, RECITE THE POEM TO EACH OTHER, AND THEN ANSWER OUR SEMINAR QUESTIONS. 1) Does the mother give words of wisdom, or is she stating the obvious? Doesn't everyone already know that life can be hard? 2) How old is this son? Don't give a range (that's too easy)--give a specific age. 3) The mother uses improper grammar and drops endings from words--why should anyone take the mother seriously if she can't speak properly? She seems to say "don't give up" to her son, but does the poem imply that the mother gave up on school? (NOTE: I am trying to get students to think. One person on youtube said I was "racist" just by asking such questions, but students have the freedom to argue that the bad grammar does not detract from the message, and they have the freedom to argue that we must take history into account.) 4) The mother says, "Don't you set down on the steps." Why can't the son rest? Why not sit down for five minutes before continuing to climb? 5) Why is the word "Bare" given its own line? 6) Is the mother implying that a "crystal stair" is desirable? Staircases are never made of glass--foolish idea, right? 7) "Wise" or "bossy"--which word is more accurate for this mother? Would her words be more effective if the tone were less bossy, or is her tone perfect for this moment? This type of poem is called a "dramatic monologue," but is there too much "monologue" here in the sense that the mother doesn't allow the boy to speak? Is this a lecture? 8) Does the mother say anything ENCOURAGING? Does she ever say light is at the end of the tunnel? Does she imply things will improve if the boy keeps climbing? Will the boy be rewarded if he continues? 9) Or does the poem imply that life for the mother has been a constant struggle, with no rewards to offset the tacks and going in the dark? "Mother to Son" -- some evaluative questions: 1) Could this poem be shaped into a sonnet and still work, or is free verse needed for the poem? 2) If your mother said the poem's words to you at the dinner table tonight, would you appreciate these words or roll your eyes at some point? 3) The poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley likewise has a message about not giving up. Which poem is better? ______________________ Background: "Mother to Son" is another product of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance means an explosion among the arts--poems, paintings, music, novels--produced by African Americans. It started around World War I and ended in the 1930s, but the 1920s was its heyday. This is free verse. It does not have a sonnet structure. It does not rhyme. It has no regular rhythm like iambic. I like the way “bare” stands alone in one line. The word “bare” is bare--or the line is bare. This poem is a great example of a dramatic monologue. The poet created a character--it is not the poet speaking for himself. It is almost as if a boy had earlier said, "Life should be a crystal staircase," and this poem is the mother's response. The problem is that no boy would ever say life should be a crystal staircase! Maybe the boy said, "Life is rough," and the mother is the one who made up the glass stair metaphor. I do marvel that the mother never promises that life will be better in the future. She only says to keep going. Don't expect rewards!
Views: 7665 Tim Gracyk
"Mending Wall" Robert Frost listen to poet himself recite his poem
 
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Mending Wall By Robert Frost Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair Where they have left not one stone on a stone, But they would have the rabbit out of hiding, To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean, No one has seen them made or heard them made, But at spring mending-time we find them there. I let my neighbour know beyond the hill; And on a day we meet to walk the line And set the wall between us once again. We keep the wall between us as we go. To each the boulders that have fallen to each. And some are loaves and some so nearly balls We have to use a spell to make them balance: "Stay where you are until our backs are turned!" We wear our fingers rough with handling them. Oh, just another kind of out-door game, One on a side. It comes to little more: There where it is we do not need the wall: He is all pine and I am apple orchard. My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, "Good fences make good neighbours." Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder If I could put a notion in his head: "Why do they make good neighbours? Isn't it Where there are cows? But here there are no cows. Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down." I could say "Elves" to him, But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather He said it for himself. I see him there Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed. He moves in darkness as it seems to me, Not of woods only and the shade of trees. He will not go behind his father's saying, And he likes having thought of it so well He says again, "Good fences make good neighbours."
Views: 6324 Tim Gracyk
Beatles "Old Brown Shoe" RARE early version George Harrison teaches song LYRICS ARE HERE
 
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Mid-April 1969. I prefer this to the issued record since George Harrison's vocal is up front. In the released version, George's voice is buried and distant, which is a shame. George guides others through chord changes. Ringo joins near the end. George is at the keyboard! I assume Paul is the bass player in the background. On the later session that produced the released version, there are two bass tracks--one by McCartney on a Fender Jazz and one by Harrison on a Fender Telecaster bass. George is distinctive on bass. In 1987 during an interview for Creem magazine, George recalled playing bass on this the way he plays guitar. The song has unusual chord changes since George composed this at a piano, not his usual manner of composing. John Lennon's guitar can be heard here, but on the issued take Lennon's contribution was removed and replaced by Hammond organ played by Harrison. In the last years, Lennon rarely participated when Harrison songs were recorded. Paul, on the other hand, worked hard when George's songs were recorded, taking pride in each Beatles product. You hear the evidence on the records themselves of Paul giving his best when George's songs were recorded--on keyboards, on vocal harmony, on bass (but, as I said, George himself also plays bass on the issued version of "Old Brown Shoe"). John was often indifferent whereas Paul fully supported George when George's songs were recorded, so it seems unjust that George turned against Paul in the early 1970s and instead sided with John. But quarrels may start for any number of reasons. John was absent at times in 1969--to be fair, at one point that was due to John's car accident. But John had been absent in earlier years when George's songs were covered. On the White Album, John contributes nothing crucial on George Harrison songs. John provides a bass voice at the end of "Piggies," but what about "Long, Long, Long"? "Savoy Truffles"? I can't hear John on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" though he may be on rhythm guitar. Eric Clapton was invited to a session because George earlier sensed apathy from his Liverpool colleagues (Paul and John equally to blame?). Is John heard on "Within You, Without Out," "Blue Jay Way," "The Inner Light," or "Here Comes The Sun"? Paul's bass on "Here Come The Sun" is crucial. John does play slide guitar on "For You Blue," but is John heard on "I Me Mine"? Paul is! By 1969, Yoko had far more influence on John in the studio than George. Too much is made of Paul and George bickering for 15 seconds in the film Let It Be. Give Paul credit for ALLOWING bickering to STAY in the film, not editing it out. Paul viewed this exchange as no big deal--minor bickering, the normal irritation one expects when musical giants work together. At least Paul was communicating! John retreated into silence. George famously quit the Beatles for a weekend in January due to George's frustration with John, who pushed George over the edge. Lyrics here are different in about four places from the released take. George is still working on the song as he teaches it. Here is what George sings in this early version: I'd like a love that's right but right is only half of what's wrong. I want a short haired girl who sometimes wears it twice as long. Now I'm stepping out of this old brown shoe--baby, I'm in love with you. But I'm so glad you came here. It won't be the same now, I'm telling you. You know you hold me up from where some try to drag me down, and when I see your smile replacing every thoughtless frown, you got me escaping from this zoo--baby, I'm in love with you. I'm so glad you came here. It won't be the same now, I'm telling you. If I grow up, I'll be a singer wearing rings on every finger, not worrying what they or you say. I'll live and love, and maybe someday--who knows, baby?-- you'll still comfort me. LYRICS IN RELEASED VERSION: I want a love that's right but right is only half of what's wrong I want a short haired girl who sometimes wears it twice as long Now I'm stepping out this old brown shoe, baby, I'm in love with you I'm so glad you came here, it won't be the same now, I'm telling you You know you pick me up from where some try to drag me down And when I see your smile replace every thoughtless frown Got me escaping from this zoo, baby, I'm in love with you I'm so glad you came here, it won't be the same now when I'm with you If I grow up I'll be a singer wearing rings on every finger Not worrying what they or you say I'll live and love and maybe someday Who knows, baby, you may comfort me I may appear to be imperfect, my love is something you can't reject I'm changing faster than the weather if you and me should get together I want that love of yours, to miss that love is something I'd hate I'll make an early start, I'm making sure that I'm not late For your sweet top lip I'm in the queue...
Views: 24372 Tim Gracyk
Joséphine Baker "La Petite Tonkinoise" 1930 ("Pretty Little Tonkin Girl")
 
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C'est moi qui suis sa petite Son Anana, son Anana, son Anammite Je suis vive, je suis charmante Comme un p'tit z'oiseau qui chante Il m'appelle sa p'tite bourgeoise Sa Tonkiki, sa Tonkiki, sa Tonkinoise D'autres lui font les doux yeux Mais c'est moi qu'il aime le mieux L'soir on cause d'un tas d'choses Avant de se mettre au pieu J'apprends la géographie D'la Chine et d'la Mandchourie Les frontières, les rivières Le Fleuve Jaune et le Fleuve Bleu Y a même l'Amour c'est curieux Qu'arrose l'Empire du Milieu C'est moi qui suis sa petite Son Anana, son Anana, son Anammite Je suis vive, je suis charmante Comme un p'tit oiseau qui chante Il m'appelle sa p'tite bourgeoise Sa Tonkiki, sa Tonkiki, sa Tonkinoise D'autres lui font les doux yeux Mais c'est moi qu'il aime le mieux. The song is by Christiné and V. Scotto. In English, the song is titled "Pretty Little Tonkin Girl."
Views: 10571 Tim Gracyk
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band plays "'Chimes Blues" on Gennett 5135 (1923)
 
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King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band plays "'Chimes Blues" on Gennett 5135 (1923).
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Charlie Parker "This Is Always" (Earl Coleman vocalist) Dial 1019 with Erroll Garner on piano
 
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Charlie Parker plays "This Is Always" with Earl Coleman as vocalist on Dial 1019. Erroll Garner is on piano.
Views: 3133 Tim Gracyk
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Rhodora" poem audio & text
 
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The Rhodora On being asked, whence is the flower. In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes, I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods, Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook, To please the desert and the sluggish brook. The purple petals fallen in the pool Made the black water with their beauty gay; Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool, And court the flower that cheapens his array. Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for Being; Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose! I never thought to ask; I never knew; But in my simple ignorance suppose The self-same power that brought me there, brought you.
Views: 2197 Tim Gracyk
"Poor Little Bennie" ("Poor Benny") Father, dear Father, come home with me now Bela Lam
 
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Bela Lam & His Greene County Singers recorded "Poor Little Bennie" in July 1927. The song was written by Henry Clay Work in 1864. Father, dear Father, come home with me now; The clock in the steeple strikes one. You said you were coming right home from the shop As soon as your day's work was done. The fire is all out, the house is so dark, And Mother's been watching since tea With poor little Bennie so sick in her arms And no one to help her but me. Come home, come home, come home; Please, Father, dear Father, come home. Father, dear Father, come home with me now; The clock in the steeple strikes two. The night has grown colder and Bennie is worse, And he has been calling for you. Indeed, he is worse--Ma says he will die, Perhaps before morning will dawn, And this is the message she sent me to bring: "Come quickly or he will be gone!" Father, dear Father, come home with me now; The clock in the steep strikes three. The house is so lonely, the hours are so long, For poor weeping Mother and me. Yes, we are alone; poor Benny is dead And gone with the angels of light. And these are the very last words that he said: "I want to kiss Papa goodnight." Sound file was done by Frank Dalton.
Views: 1942 Tim Gracyk
"The Monkey Doodle Doo" Irving Berlin's Cocoanuts Marx Brothers fans know this! Busse Buzzards
 
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Busse's Buzzards plays Irving Berlin's "The Monkey Doodle Doo" from Cocoanuts, familiar to Marx Brothers fans, This is one hot record! It was recorded on December 28, 1925 (when the song was featured on Broadway--four years before the film was made). Busse's Buzzard is basically an offshoot of Paul Whiteman's Orchestra and could be called Henry Busse's Orchestra. Monkeys upon a tree never are very blue They never seem to be under par that is true Not like the ones you see on a bar in the zoo Monkeys upon a tree do the Monkey Doodle Doo Oh, among the mangoes where the monkey gang goes You can see them do The little Monkey Doodle Doo Oh, a little monkey playing on his one key Gives them all the cue To do the Monkey Doodle Doo Let me take you by the hand Over to the jungle band If you're too old for dancing Get yourself a monkey gland And then let's Go, my little dearie, there's the Darwin theory Telling me and you To do the Monkey Doodle Doo
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Big Bill Broonzy “Guitar Shuffle” ragtime like Blind Boy Fuller
 
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Sound file was done by Cary Ginell.
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"Happy Feet" footage The King of Jazz (1930) Bing Crosby & Gutchrlein Paul Whiteman Orchestra
 
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Here is "Happy Feet" from the restored film The King of Jazz (1930). LIsten for the voices of the Rhythm Boys, which at this time consisted of Al Rinker, Harry Barris, and the young Bing Crosby. Then listen to the Sisters G. (Eleanor and Karla Gutchrlein) sing the chorus. When you find that your mind Keeps you worried and blue You can always let your feet Keep your disposition sweet I want to see what makes me feel the way that I do Will you kindly cast an eye On two good reasons why Happy Feet, I've got those happy feet Give them a low down beat And they begin dancing I've got those ten little tapping toes And when they hear a tune I can't control my dancing heels To save my soul Weary blues can't get into my shoes Because my shoes refuse to ever grow weary I keep cheerful on an earful of music sweet 'Cause I've got those happ happ happy feet
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"Mairzy Doats" The Merry Macs on Decca 18588 (1944)
 
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Mairzy doats and dozy doats And liddle lamzy divey A kiddley divey too, Wouldn't you? If the words sound queer and funny to your ear, A little bit jumbled and jivey, Sing "Mares eat oats and does eat oats And little lambs eat ivy."
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Delta Rhythm Boys “Dry Bones” Decca 25019 Now hear the word of the Lord
 
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Delta Rhythm Boys sing “Dry Bones” on Decca 25019. Ezekiel connected dem dry bones Ezekiel connected dem dry bones Ezekiel connected dem dry bones Now I hear the word of the Lord Well, your toe bone connected to your foot bone Your foot bone connected to your heel bone Your heel bone connected to your ankle bone Your ankle bone connected to your leg bone Your leg bone connected to your knee bone Your knee bone connected to your thigh bone Your thigh bone connected to your hip bone Your hip bone connected to your back bone Your back bone connected to your shoulder bone Your shoulder bone connected to your neck bone Your neck bone connected to your head bone I hear the word of the Lord! A dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around A dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around A dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around I hear the word of the Lord! Disconnect dem bones, dem dry bones Disconnect dem bones, dem dry bones Disconnect dem bones, dem dry bones An' I hear the word of the Lord! Well, your head bone connected from your neck bone Your neck bone connected from your shoulder bone Your shoulder bone connected from your back bone Your back bone connected from your hip bone Your hip bone connected from your thigh bone Your thigh bone connected from your knee bone Your knee bone connected from your leg bone Your leg bone connected from your ankle bone Your ankle bone connected from your heel bone Your heel bone connected from your foot bone Your foot bone connected from your toe bone An' I hear the word of the Lord! Oh well A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones An' I hear the word of the Lord! Mmmh A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones An' I hear the word of the Lord!
Views: 2873 Tim Gracyk
Billie Holiday & Teddy Wilson "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" Brunswick (1935) LYRICS HERE
 
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Billie Holiday sings for Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra: "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" on Brunswick 7498 (later reissued as 8336), recorded on July 2, 1935. The song is by Ralph Rainger and Dorothy Parker. Teddy Wilson never sounded better! Such grace at incredible speed! Billie never again sang on any record at such a fast tempo. Indeed, she later took songs at slow speeds, perhaps believing this made her a more serious artist--a shame! I always prefer Billie in the up-tempo numbers, which usually means from early in her career. A young Billie Holiday sings the vocal refrain. This was her third recording session. Her first was on November 27, 1933, which produced "Your Mother's Son-In-Law," Billie providing vocals as white musicians played (or mostly white--perhaps Buck Washington was at the piano). The second session was on December 18, 1933, which produced "Riffin' the Scotch" (she returned to the studio on this date since an earlier take of "Riffin' the Scotch" from the November session did not pass muster). This third session is historic since it produced four tracks, all outstanding. Teddy Wilson is the leader, Billie providing brief vocals, so technically these are Teddy Wilson recordings though it is understandable if jazz fans think of them as Billie Holiday records. I view the four recordings from this session not as Billie Holiday numbers as discs featuring Teddy Wilson with an All-Star Cast of Jazz Superheroes. Billie is one superstar among others--Benny Goodman, Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson! Musicians on this are Benny Goodman (clarinet--some labels that identify the players call him "John Jackson" since his name could not appear on the label), Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Teddy Wilson (piano), John Trueheart (guitar), John Kirby (bass), Cozy Cole (drums), and Billie Holiday (vocals). Ooh, ooh, ooh What a little moonlight can do Ooh, ooh, ooh What a little moonlight can do to you You're in love Your heart's a-fluttering all day long You only stutter 'cause your poor tongue Just will not utter the words "I love you" Ooh, ooh, ooh What a little moonlight can do Wait a while Till a little moonbeam comes peepin' through You'll get bold You can't resist him, and All you'll say When you have kissed him is Ooh, ooh, ooh What a little moonlight can do My rule of thumb for Billie Holiday records is the earlier, the better. This is very early, and I love this recording--it never bores me unlike many of Billie's later discs. I likewise cherish what came from Billie's first session ("Your Mother's Son-In-Law") and second ("Riffin' the Scotch"--or call that her third since she returned to the studio) and the other Teddy Wilson sessions of the mid-1930s, but by the late 1930s, sessions produced less interesting material to my ears. The 1940s were uneven for Billie, and almost nothing by Billie from the 1950s holds my attention. Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan (or Eleanor Holiday? Eleanora Fagan Gough? Elinore DeViese?) on April 7, 1915, in Baltimore (if we trust her autobiography--perhaps that is not wise) or in Philadelphia (more likely--see her birth registration). Jazz critics complain that Billie was forced to work with trite songs in her early days. I trust my ears--I can't trust jazz critics who make such silly pronouncements. The young Billie Holiday handles so-called "trite" songs in very interesting ways, and I prefer Billie's early "trite" material to her later recordings of songs by Cole Porter, Gershwin, and other song-writing giants. From 1935 until a recording ban on August 1, 1942, Billie sang on around 150 sides (153? 158?) that were or became Columbia property. Original labels include Brunswick and Vocalion. She made Commodore recordings, beginning on April 20, 1939. She made Decca recordings, starting in October 1944--by this time Billie was more of a chanteuse or star of song or cabaret singer, less of a jazz singer. This was Billie as a "serious artist" (paradoxically, she was better as an artist when she wasn't trying so hard to be a serious artist--in the early days she merely sang pop songs, and she shined). That means on Decca discs she dominated records, the background musicians staying in the background. From 1952 to 1957, she sang for Norman Granz's Verve label, but Billie's voice was a pale shadow by this time of what it had been. Some of her late work is painful to hear. Billie is best in early Teddy Wilson recordings--or at sessions with people like Teddy Wilson (after all, she worked with other great pianists). Billie is superb when she is just one of the gang at a session of superstars. She gets her turn--and Lester gets a turn, or Ben Webster, or Jess Stacy, or Buck Clayton. Magic!
Views: 2372 Tim Gracyk
"The New Colossus" Emma Lazarus sonnet about the Statue of Liberty FAMOUS POEM
 
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ANALYSIS OF THE SONNET: The poem says the Statue of Liberty holds a "torch," but I prefer the word "flambeau" since torches are sometimes used for destruction. Lady Liberty holds a flambeau or a candle-flame that enlightens. Emma Lazarus contrasts the ancient Colossus of Rhodes (now crumbs at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea) with the new colossal figure of a woman welcoming those who enter New York Harbor. The former statute, erected around 280 B. C., was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was destroyed by an earthquake. The two statues are contrasts as symbols and even in gender. The female statue talks with “silent lips” (is that possible?) to disenfranchised people throughout the world, showing a light to people who feel they are without opportunities and are in the dark: “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The statue wasn’t seen by many immigrants from Asia. California was a door for many Asians who sailed to America. The poem is about the contrasts between the Old World and America. The “ancient lands” (think Europe) gave privileges to rich people, who are called “storied pomp” in the poem, meaning the pompous people you find in stories like Cinderella. The New World instead welcomed common people, even destitute people. That used to be true for America. Does America still welcome poor people from far away? Americans can’t agree on that today. When the U.S. President famously expressed a desire in 2018 for more people from Norway, everyone understood he wants Norwegians not due to a Christian concern for poor people but because they are white. Emma Lazarus' poem is a Petrarchan sonnet, also called the Italian sonnet. The Petrarchan sonnet has two rhyme groups: a section of eight lines (octave), followed by a section of six lines (sestet). But why is this American poem using an Italian form? Well, there is no American sonnet form. The rhyme scheme of the octave (opening 8 lines) is abbaabba. It is followed by the sestet (last 6 lines) of cdcdcd. Don’t confuse the Petrarchan sonnet form with the Shakespearean form, or English sonnet, which has abab, and then cdcd, and then efef, and finally gg. The octave of Lazarus' sonnet (opening 8 lines) stresses the contrasts between the old Colossus of Rhodes (masculine and oppressive) and the New Colossus (feminine and welcoming). But the female statue is not weak--there is no contrast in strength. The “mighty woman” with the torch commands “the imprisoned lightning”--that’s the power of Zeus, Thor, and other male gods. Hillary Clinton told a joke at the expense of Donald Trump: “People look at the Statue of Liberty and they see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants, a beacon of hope for people around the world. Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a four. Maybe a five if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.” The joke doesn’t work unless you know that some guys rate women on their looks from 1 to 10. All visuals of the ancient Colossus of Rhodes (that is, the old statue) were “made up” by modern artists since we don’t know what it looked like. The statue fell into the sea two thousand years ago. The statue's initial color was reddish-brown. It turned green only after oxidation. The Statue was partly designed by Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Eiffel Tower. The original 1886 flambeau was replaced with a new one in 1984. The Statue's seven spikes represent seven continents and seas. Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Views: 2348 Tim Gracyk
James Reese Europe "Memphis Blues" Pathe recording 1919 W. C. Handy DEATH OF JIM EUROPE
 
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Jim Europe's Pathe version of "Memphis Blues" was recorded on July 3, 1919. This song (though not this record--it was 5 years too late) helped start a fox-trot craze. in 1914. This is not the earliest recording of W. C. Handy's classic tune. The Victor Military Band recorded Memphis Blues on July 15, 1914, around the same time Europe was recording for Victor (also, a fine vocal version was recorded in this early year of "blues"). However, Europe did introduced Handy himself at a 1912 Carnegie Hall concert, allowing Handy to conduct his own "Memphis Blues." Europe's music on Pathé discs is different from that of Europe's Society Orchestra issued on Victor discs five years earlier. The musicians were different; popular music had changed; instead of making dance records, he now worked in a military band tradition, conducting different instruments than in earlier years. Whereas none of the Victor recordings featured vocals, some Pathés feature singers Noble Sissle and C. Creighton Thompson. Moreover, different technology was used. It is unfortunate that his final discs are vertical-cut records. In the year the records were issued, hill-and-dale technology was quickly losing favor with record buyers. By 1920 nearly all talking machines were made for lateral-cut discs. Equipment for playing Pathé discs became relatively scarce in subsequent years. Had his records been made with lateral-cut technology, they might have enjoyed more popularity and his name might have been better remembered by subsequent generations. After four sessions with Europe, the Pathé company issued a special flier announcing new titles: "Eleven records of the world's greatest exponent of syncopation just off the press." In bold type, the flier announced, "Jim Europe's jazz will live forever." Sadly, the music became relatively obscure. Europe's musicians perform more in a military band tradition than in the new jazz idiom. Nonetheless, Europe is a significant pre-jazz artist or transitional figure, the most important African-American musical leader in the period when ragtime was on the wane but before the reign of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. He employed musicians who later became fine jazz artists, notably Dope Andrews and Herb Flemming. Two jazz-oriented performances are "That Moaning Trombone," composed by Clef Club member Tom Bethel, and W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues," each having a swing and freedom that virtually no other military band at the time attempted. Europe's arrangements showcase the fine trombone section though other band sections are heard distinctly, even the tubas. Recounting how "Memphis Blues" evolved, Handy in his autobiography Father Of The Blues (Macmillan, 1941) states, "The Victor Company released a recording by the Jim Europe band. That sent that ball rolling." Although Europe was among the first to perform it at concerts and dances, no such Victor recording was issued. Only Pathé issued a version performed by Europe. His musicians give it a jazzy treatment, playing at a tempo for fast dancing. Europe suffered a fatal stabbing two days after his band cut six titles for Pathé on May 7, 1919. There was no clear motive for the backstage attack during a Boston's Mechanics Hall concert. Accounts differ, but it seems that Europe reprimanded Herbert Wright for the drummer's unprofessional habit of walking on and off stage while other acts performed. Herbert Wright was already simmering from what he perceived as favoritism, feeling the bandleader never blamed Steven Wright for mistakes but only criticized Herbert (together, Steven and Herbert Wright made up the "Percussion Twins"--they shared surnames but were not related). When Europe ordered Wright to leave a dressing room, the unstable drummer produced a penknife and stabbed the bandleader in the neck. Others in the room, including Sissle, were unable to stop Wright. Europe was rushed to City Hospital but soon died.
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"A Worn Path" Eudora Welty reads her famous story HEAR THE AUTHOR superb voice
 
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"A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty It was December—a bright frozen day in the early morning. Far out in the country there was an old Negro woman with her head tied in a red rag, coming along a path through the pinewoods. Her name was Phoenix Jackson. She was very old and small and she walked slowly in the dark pine shadows, moving a little from side to side in her steps, with the balanced heaviness and lightness of a pendulum in a grand-father clock. She carried a thin, small cane made from an umbrella, and with this she kept tapping the frozen earth in front of her. This made a grave and persistent noise in the still air, that seemed meditative like the chirping of a solitary little bird. She wore a dark striped dress reaching down to her shoe tops, and an equally long apron of bleached sugar sacks, with a full pocket: all neat and tidy, but every time she took a step she might have fallen over her shoelaces, which dragged from her unlaced shoes. She looked straight ahead. Her eyes were blue with age. Her skin had a pattern all its own of numberless branching wrinkles and as though a whole little tree stood in the middle of her forehead, but a golden color ran underneath, and the two knobs of her cheeks were illumined by a yellow burning under the dark. Under the red rag her hair came down on her neck in the frailest of ringlets, still black, and with an odor like copper. Now and then there was a quivering in the thicket. Old Phoenix said, "Out of my way, all you foxes, owls, beetles, jack rabbits, coons and wild animals!...Keep out from under these feet, little bob-whites....Keep the big wild hogs out of my path. Don't let none of those come running my direction. I got a long way." Under her small black-freckled hand her cane, limber as a buggy whip, would switch at the brush as if to rouse up any hiding things. On she went. The woods were deep and still. The sun made the pine needles almost too bright to look at, up where the wind rocked. The cones dropped as light as feathers. Down in the hollow was the mourning dove—it was not too late for him. The path ran up a hill. "Seem like there is chains about my feet, time I get this far," she said, in the voice of argument old people keep to use with themselves. "Something always take a hold of me on this hill— pleads I should stay." After she got to the top she turned and gave a full, severe look behind her where she had come. "Up through pines," she said at length. "Now down through oaks." Her eyes opened their widest, and she started down gently. But before she got to the bottom of the hill a bush caught her dress. Her fingers were busy and intent, but her skirts were full and long, so that before she could pull them free in one place they were caught in another. It was not possible to allow the dress to tear. "I in the thorny bush," she said. "Thorns, you doing your appointed work. Never want to let folks pass, no sir. Old eyes thought you was a pretty little green bush." Finally, trembling all over, she stood free, and after a moment dared to stoop for her cane. "Sun so high!" she cried, leaning back and looking, while the thick tears went over her eyes. "The time getting all gone here." At the foot of this hill was a place where a log was laid across the creek. "Now comes the trial," said Phoenix. Putting her right foot out, she mounted the log and shut her eyes. Lifting her skirt, leveling her cane fiercely before her, like a festival figure in some parade, she began to march across. Then she opened her eyes and she was safe on the other side. "I wasn't as old as I thought," she said. But she sat down to rest. She spread her skirts on the bank around her and folded her hands over her knees. Up above her was a tree in a pearly cloud of mistletoe. She did not dare to close her eyes, and when a little boy brought her a plate with a slice of marble-cake on it she spoke to him. "That would be acceptable," she said. But when she went to take it there was just her own hand in the air. So she left that tree, and had to go through a barbed-wire fence. There she had to creep and crawl, spreading her knees and stretching her fingers like a baby trying to climb the steps. But she talked loudly to herself: she could not let her dress be torn now, so late in the day, and she could not pay for having her arm or her leg sawed off if she got caught fast where she was. At last she was safe through the fence and risen up out in the clearing. Big dead trees, like black men with one arm, were standing in the purple stalks of the withered cotton field. There sat a buzzard. "Who you watching?" In the furrow she made her way along. "Glad this not the season for bulls," she said, looking sideways, "and the good Lord made his snakes to curl up and sleep in the winter. A pleasure I don't see no two-headed snake coming around that tree, where it come once. It took a while to get by him, back in the summer."
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Beatles RARE instrumental "Catswalk" 1962 Paul McCartney tune (Chris Barber "Catcall") John Lennon
 
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The Beatles play "Catswalk" -- a rare, obscure, nearly forgotten Paul McCartney composition. The Beatles recorded this as a private performance. They had not landed a recording contract yet. This number shows the influence of the Ventures and the Shadows on the Beatles. If the Beatles had landed a Decca contract in 1962, this might have been covered in the Decca studio. This would have been one of the numbers covered in 1962 as a filler on a first Decca LP. In other words, if the Beatles had put out an LP in 1962, this is the type of material that would have launched the Beatles. We should be glad that the Beatles did not land a contract in 1962 since "Catswalk" is not great. Decca passed. Decca said "no" to the Beatles. The rejection was infamously worded along these lines: “Guitar groups are on their way out, Mr. Epstein." The Decca rejection was a blessing in disguise. The "boys" needed more time to mature in musical terms, and EMI's George Martin was the right man at the right time in 1963. The Beatles ended up with EMI in early 1963, and by that time the boys viewed this type of instrumental as too dated. "Catswalk" has the sound of 1962--therefore, it was not hip enough to be covered in 1963 when the first LP was recorded (in one day!). This is from the rehearsal tapes for the Cavern Club in Liverpool in late 1962. It is one of two run-throughs of a Paul McCartney instrumental, and the Beatles never returned to it. The Beatles played it twice on that day for a tape machine (the two versions are nearly identical). It had been composed a few years earlier since the Beatles had this in their repertoire in the late 1950s. In 1967, five years after this was captured on tape during Cavern Club rehearsals, McCartney gave this tune to Chris Barber's Jazz Band, which recorded a jazzy version with horns and reeds. The song was re-titled "Cat Call" when issued in 1967 on an LP of Lennon-McCartney covers titled The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away. If Paul had not given away this song in 1967, would he have returned to it in 1970 for the McCartney solo LP? If McCartney had not given it to Chris Barber in 1967, he might have resurrected it for his solo LP in 1970! That is what happened with "Hot As The Sun"--an old instrumental revived when Paul needed filler. Paul McCartney was in the studio in 1967 when the jazz version was recorded--it is like vaudeville strip-show music. McCartney even sings harmonies in the jazz version of 1967 (or adds to the voices at the end). That version of "Cat Call" was recorded at Chappell Studios on July 20, 1967. The session's producer was Georgio Gomelsky. The organist was Brian Auger (McCartney was also on keyboard?). Paul McCartney does his "Woooohooo" (like on the Sgt. Pepper LP) at 2.07 in the 1967 version. Tony Barrow's liner notes state that McCartney is one of the cat-callers. When the Chris Barber version was issued in October 1967, credit was given to Paul McCartney, which is interesting since it violated the long-standing "Lennon-McCartney" arrangement for composer credit. Presumably Paul asked John's permission for sole credit to appear! Maybe John had no memory of the song when he replied something like, "Yes, take full credit." But this guitar version is from 1962. That's Ringo on drums, not Pete Best. Thanks to Robert Killingbeck for the title. I had this on a CD of Beatles bootlegs, but I did not know the title for a long time. Richie Unterberger's book titled The Unreleased Beatles identifies this as being on the Cavern Club tapes of late 1962.
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"Mother to Son" Langston Hughes poem GREAT Viola Davis voice
 
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Mother To Son By Langston Hughes Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now— For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. Next are some interpretive questions for discussion in the classroom. FOR MY STUDENTS--GET A PARTNER, RECITE THE POEM TO EACH OTHER, AND THEN ANSWER OUR SEMINAR QUESTIONS. 1) Does the mother give words of wisdom, or is she stating the obvious? Doesn't everyone already know that life can be hard? 2) How old is this son? Don't give a range (that's too easy)--give a specific age. 3) The mother uses improper grammar and drops endings from words--why should anyone take the mother seriously if she can't speak properly? She seems to say "don't give up" to her son, but does the poem imply that the mother gave up on school? (NOTE: I am trying to get students to think. One person on youtube said I was "racist" just by asking such questions, but students have the freedom to argue that the bad grammar does not detract from the message, and they have the freedom to argue that we must take history into account.) 4) The mother says, "Don't you set down on the steps." Why can't the son rest? Why not sit down for five minutes before continuing to climb? 5) Why is the word "Bare" given its own line? 6) Is the mother implying that a "crystal stair" is desirable? Staircases are never made of glass--foolish idea, right? 7) "Wise" or "bossy"--which word is more accurate for this mother? Would her words be more effective if the tone were less bossy, or is her tone perfect for this moment? This type of poem is called a "dramatic monologue," but is there too much "monologue" here in the sense that the mother doesn't allow the boy to speak? Is this a lecture? 8) Does the mother say anything ENCOURAGING? Does she ever say light is at the end of the tunnel? Does she imply things will improve if the boy keeps climbing? Will the boy be rewarded if he continues? 9) Or does the poem imply that life for the mother has been a constant struggle, with no rewards to offset the tacks and going in the dark? "Mother to Son" -- some evaluative questions: 1) Could this poem be shaped into a sonnet and still work, or is free verse needed for the poem? 2) If your mother said the poem's words to you at the dinner table tonight, would you appreciate these words or roll your eyes at some point? 3) The poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley likewise has a message about not giving up. Which poem is better? ______________________ Background: "Mother to Son" is another product of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance means an explosion among the arts--poems, paintings, music, novels--produced by African Americans. It started around World War I and ended in the 1930s, but the 1920s was its heyday. This is free verse. It does not have a sonnet structure. It does not rhyme. It has no regular rhythm like iambic. I like the way “bare” stands alone in one line. The word “bare” is bare--or the line is bare. This poem is a great example of a dramatic monologue. The poet created a character--it is not the poet speaking for himself. It is almost as if a boy had earlier said, "Life should be a crystal staircase," and this poem is the mother's response. The problem is that no boy would ever say life should be a crystal staircase! Maybe the boy said, "Life is rough," and the mother is the one who made up the glass stair metaphor. I do marvel that the mother never promises that life will be better in the future. She only says to keep going. Don't expect rewards!
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"Two Tramps In Mud Time" Robert Frost poem (poet himself recites)
 
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Out of the mud two strangers came And caught me splitting wood in the yard, And one of them put me off my aim By hailing cheerily "Hit them hard!" I knew pretty well why he had dropped behind And let the other go on a way. I knew pretty well what he had in mind: He wanted to take my job for pay. Good blocks of oak it was I split, As large around as the chopping block; And every piece I squarely hit Fell splinterless as a cloven rock. The blows that a life of self-control Spares to strike for the common good, That day, giving a loose my soul, I spent on the unimportant wood. The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day When the sun is out and the wind is still, You're one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, A wind comes off a frozen peak, And you're two months back in the middle of March. A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight And turns to the wind to unruffle a plume, His song so pitched as not to excite A single flower as yet to bloom. It is snowing a flake; and he half knew Winter was only playing possum. Except in color he isn't blue, But he wouldn't advise a thing to blossom. The water for which we may have to look In summertime with a witching wand, In every wheelrut's now a brook, In every print of a hoof a pond. Be glad of water, but don't forget The lurking frost in the earth beneath That will steal forth after the sun is set And show on the water its crystal teeth. The time when most I loved my task The two must make me love it more By coming with what they came to ask. You'd think I never had felt before The weight of an ax-head poised aloft, The grip of earth on outspread feet, The life of muscles rocking soft And smooth and moist in vernal heat. Out of the wood two hulking tramps (From sleeping God knows where last night, But not long since in the lumber camps). They thought all chopping was theirs of right. Men of the woods and lumberjacks, The judged me by their appropriate tool. Except as a fellow handled an ax They had no way of knowing a fool. Nothing on either side was said. They knew they had but to stay their stay And all their logic would fill my head: As that I had no right to play With what was another man's work for gain. My right might be love but theirs was need. And where the two exist in twain Theirs was the better right--agreed. But yield who will to their separation, My object in living is to unite My avocation and my vocation As my two eyes make one in sight. Only where love and need are one, And the work is play for mortal stakes, Is the deed ever really done For Heaven and the future's sakes.
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Hot Tuna "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning" Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Cassidy 1975
 
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Hot Tuna "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning" Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Cassidy 1975 From Splashdown, which is excellent throughout!
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"I Am Praying for You" sacred hymn by Samuel O. Cluff & Ira D. Sankey
 
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"I Am Praying For You" is sung by Harry Anthony and James F. Harrison on Edison Gold Moulded Record 9252 (1906).
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Eleonora de Cisneros “Ben Bolt” (Edison cylinder) Oh, don't you remember sweet Alice, Ben Bolt?
 
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Eleonora de Cisneros sings “Ben Bolt” on Edison Amberol 28017, issued in 1912. "Ben Bolt" was originally a poem written by Thomas Dunn English and published in 1843. Composer and musician Nelson Kneass added music in 1848, changing some words. It became one of the most popular songs of the 19th century. Kneass died in 1868 while on tour with a theatrical troupe in Chillicothe, Missouri. He was buried in Edgewood cemetery. Eleonora de Cisneros possessed a contralto voice of great expressiveness. She was born Eleanora Broadfoot on November 1, 1878, in New York. She died on February 3, 1934, in New York. When young, she studied with Mme. Murio-Celli in New York. During her studies she was discovered by Jean De Reszke, who brought her to the attention of the Metropolitan Opera, where she made her debut in 1900 as Rossweisse in Die Walkure. In 1901 she married the Cuban count Francesco de Cisneros, and from that time on she used that last name. In 1901 she went to Europe for further study with Jean De Reszke and Victor Maurel in Paris and with Trabadello and Lombadri in Milan. In 1902 she appeared in Turin and had a starring career for the next twelve years at the largest Italian theaters. She sang at La Scala in 1906 in the world premiere of La Figlia di Jorio, and in 1908 in the first performance of Elektra and Queen of Spades. From 1906 to 1911 she was the principal contralto at the Manhattan Opera. She then sang with the Philadelphia-Chicago Company and until 1916 with the Chicago Opera. In 1914 she sang Brangane in Tristan und Isolde at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. In 1915 she toured Cuba, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1925 she appeared occasionally at La Scala as Herodias in Salome and lived until 1929 in Paris. Thereafter she became a singing teacher in New York. Oh, don't you remember sweet Alice, Ben Bolt? Sweet Alice with hair so brown? She wept with delight when you gave her a smile, and she trembled with fear at your frown. In the old church yard in the valley, Ben Bolt, in a corner obscure and alone, they have fitted a slab of granite so gray, and sweet Alice lies under the stone.
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Philip Larkin reads “An Arundel Tomb”
 
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Side by side, their faces blurred, The earl and countess lie in stone, Their proper habits vaguely shown As jointed armour, stiffened pleat, And that faint hint of the absurd— The little dogs under their feet. Such plainness of the pre-baroque Hardly involves the eye, until It meets his left-hand gauntlet, still Clasped empty in the other; and One sees, with a sharp tender shock, His hand withdrawn, holding her hand. They would not think to lie so long. Such faithfulness in effigy Was just a detail friends would see: A sculptor’s sweet commissioned grace Thrown off in helping to prolong The Latin names around the base. They would not guess how early in Their supine stationary voyage The air would change to soundless damage, Turn the old tenantry away; How soon succeeding eyes begin To look, not read. Rigidly they Persisted, linked, through lengths and breadths Of time. Snow fell, undated. Light Each summer thronged the glass. A bright Litter of birdcalls strewed the same Bone-riddled ground. And up the paths The endless altered people came, Washing at their identity. Now, helpless in the hollow of An unarmorial age, a trough Of smoke in slow suspended skeins Above their scrap of history, Only an attitude remains: Time has transfigured them into Untruth. The stone fidelity They hardly meant has come to be Their final blazon, and to prove Our almost-instinct almost true: What will survive of us is love.
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S. H. Dudley "Chin Chin Chinaman" from THE GEISHA on Edison Gold Moulded Record 1011
 
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Chinaman no money makee Allo lifee long! Washee washee once me takee, Washee washee wrong! When me thinkee stealee collars P'licee man he come; Me get finee fivee dollars, Plenty muchee such! Chin Chin Chinaman Muchee muchee sad, Me afraid All of trade Very very bad! No-ee joke Brokee broke Makee shuttee shop Chin chin chinaman Chop, chop chop! When me gette catchee cheatee Playing piecee card, Chinaman they allo beatee Kickee welly hard! When me getee nicee placee Makee plenty tea, Gettee me in more disgracee, Up they sellee me! Chin Chin Chinaman Muchee muchee sad, Me afraid All of trade Very very bad! No-ee joke Brokee broke Makee shuttee shop Chin chin chinaman Chop, chop chop! S. H. Dudley (15 January 1864 - 6 June 1947) may have been the most popular baritone to record at the turn of the century, his output by 1900 exceeding that of baritone J. W. Myers. Dudley was in the right place at the right time in that his voice suited the crude recording devices of the time better than most. As a featured solo artist he was in studios regularly from 1898 to 1904, after which there is a noticeable drop-off. In a letter to Jim Walsh quoted in the May 1946 issue of Hobbies, Dudley even calls himself the Bing Crosby of 1900, stating that "more records were sold of Dudley, Kernell, duets, quartets, than of any other singer of the time." Dudley adds, "Too bad the days of royalties had not arrived!" The Bing Crosby analogy is misleading since Dudley records did not dramatically outsell those of Arthur Collins, Harry Macdonough, and a handful of other pioneers. He was born Samuel Holland Rous in Greencastle, Indiana. His father was a professor at Asbury College and then a superintendent of county schools, a position that required constant moving. Rous wrote to Walsh in a letter transcribed in the May 1946 issue of Hobbies, "I never even went through high school, but was forced to get a job at 13 when my father lost his hearing and could no longer teach. Then I jumped into opera without ever having a single voice lesson!" The singer adopted the name S. H. Dudley as a stage name early in his career, and this is the name used for most of his Berliner, Victor, and Edison records. Some cylinders from 1898 and early 1899 give the name S. Holland Dudley, including Excelsior cylinders--the three principal Excelsior artists in 1898 were Dudley, Roger Harding, and William F. Hooley. From mid-1899 onward the shorter "S. H. Dudley" was used on records. On a few Victor discs, he is identified as Frank Kernell, such as on "The Whistling Coon" (1982). When making duets with bird imitator Joe Belmont, he also used the name Kernell. His real name, Samuel Holland Rous, appears as the byline for some editions of The Victor Book of the Opera. He spent some early years of his career singing opera with touring companies, including the Boston Ideal Opera Company. Walsh states in the October 1962 issue of Hobbies that the Edison Quartet (or Edison Male Quartette) was organized "about 1894 to make soft brown wax cylinders. Original members were Roger Harding, J. K. Reynard, S. H. Dudley, and William F. Hooley." An 1896 Edison Quartet photograph once owned by John Bieling and duplicated in the September 1979 issue of Hobbies includes Dudley. He became important as baritone for the Edison Quartet and Haydn Quartet. Dudley's signature is etched in several Berliner discs of the Haydn Quartet, and he added the word "manager" after his name (an example is 021, "Nearer My God To Thee," recorded on March 23, 1899). He recalled in the 1931 letter that in the earliest days at the studio he sang "simple old-fashioned stuff--Old Oaken Buckett [sic]; Hail, Jerusalem--but the singing position was decidedly cramping, as the crude methods of recording made it necessary for us to bump our heads close together." Soon he made his first solo record for Edison, recalling for Walsh that it was "The Chili Widow." The earliest known discs to feature Dudley as a solo artist are Berliners from 1898, perhaps the first being "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" (157), cut on June 10, 1898 Despite his earlier experience singing opera, Dudley was valued in studios for singing popular tunes of the day, including patriotic, marching, and "coon" songs. The opera background turned invaluable when Dudley later compiled The Victor Book of the Opera He continued working on The Victor Book of the Opera until around the mid-1930s. Even after he stopped working on editions, many of his summaries continued intact in late editions although his name is nowhere mentioned. Conductor and author Charles O'Connell revised the ninth edition so that photographs of new Victor Red Seal artists replaced old illustrations. Also, additional operas were included and a few new summaries supplanted the old. Dudley died in Los Angeles on June 6, 1947.
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"Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!" George F. Root classic Civil War song on 1907 cylinder
 
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George F. Root's "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!" (or "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, The Boys Are Marching") is sung by Harlan and Stanley on Edison Gold Moulded Record 9439, issued in 1907. In the prison cell I sit, thinking, Mother, dear, of you and our bright and happy home so far away! And the tears they fill my eyes 'spite of all that I can do though I try to cheer my comrades and be gay. Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! The boys are marching! Cheer up, comrades--they will come. And beneath the starry skies we will breathe the air again of the free land in our own beloved home. "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!" started as a Northern song, but it became so popular that it crossed to the enemy side, with Confederacy creating its own Southern lyrics. George F. Root lived from 1820 to 1895. George Root also wrote The Vacant Chair, The Battle Cry of Freedom and Just Before the Battle, Mother.
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Charlie Parker "Stupendous" Dodo Marmarosa Howard McGhee & Barney Kessel
 
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Charlie Parker's New Stars play "Stupendous" on Dial 1030. Recorded February 26, 1947, in Hollywood for Dial Records. Charlie Parker on alto sax Wardell Gray on tenor sax Howard McGhee on trumpet Dodo Marmarosa on piano Barney Kessel on guitar Red Callender on bass Don Lamond on drums Alto Saxophone – Charlie Parker Bass – Red Callender Drums – Don Lamond Guitar – Barney Kessel Piano – Dodo Marmarosa Tenor Saxophone – Wardell Gray Trumpet – Howard McGhee
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"Preludes" T. S. Eliot poem read by Sir Alec Guinness
 
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Preludes BY T. S. ELIOT I The winter evening settles down With smell of steaks in passageways. Six o’clock. The burnt-out ends of smoky days. And now a gusty shower wraps The grimy scraps Of withered leaves about your feet And newspapers from vacant lots; The showers beat On broken blinds and chimney-pots, And at the corner of the street A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps. And then the lighting of the lamps. II The morning comes to consciousness Of faint stale smells of beer From the sawdust-trampled street With all its muddy feet that press To early coffee-stands. With the other masquerades That time resumes, One thinks of all the hands That are raising dingy shades In a thousand furnished rooms. III You tossed a blanket from the bed, You lay upon your back, and waited; You dozed, and watched the night revealing The thousand sordid images Of which your soul was constituted; They flickered against the ceiling. And when all the world came back And the light crept up between the shutters And you heard the sparrows in the gutters, You had such a vision of the street As the street hardly understands; Sitting along the bed’s edge, where You curled the papers from your hair, Or clasped the yellow soles of feet In the palms of both soiled hands. IV His soul stretched tight across the skies That fade behind a city block, Or trampled by insistent feet At four and five and six o’clock; And short square fingers stuffing pipes, And evening newspapers, and eyes Assured of certain certainties, The conscience of a blackened street Impatient to assume the world. I am moved by fancies that are curled Around these images, and cling: The notion of some infinitely gentle Infinitely suffering thing. Wipe your hand across your mouth, and laugh; The worlds revolve like ancient women Gathering fuel in vacant lots.
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"The Highwayman" poem by ALFRED NOYES
 
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The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees. The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas. The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding— Riding—riding— The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door. He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin, A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin. They fitted with never a wrinkle. His boots were up to the thigh. And he rode with a jewelled twinkle, His pistol butts a-twinkle, His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky. Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard. He tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred. He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter, Bess, the landlord’s daughter, Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair. And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked Where Tim the ostler listened. His face was white and peaked. His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay, But he loved the landlord’s daughter, The landlord’s red-lipped daughter. Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say— “One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I’m after a prize to-night, But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light; Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day, Then look for me by moonlight, Watch for me by moonlight, I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.” He rose upright in the stirrups. He scarce could reach her hand, But she loosened her hair in the casement. His face burnt like a brand As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast; And he kissed its waves in the moonlight, (O, sweet black waves in the moonlight!) Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west. PART TWO He did not come in the dawning. He did not come at noon; And out of the tawny sunset, before the rise of the moon, When the road was a gypsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor, A red-coat troop came marching— Marching—marching— King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door. They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead. But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed. Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side! There was death at every window; And hell at one dark window; For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride. They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest. They had bound a musket beside her, with the muzzle beneath her breast! “Now, keep good watch!” and they kissed her. She heard the doomed man say— Look for me by moonlight; Watch for me by moonlight; I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!
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"The Day Is Done" poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 
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The day is done, and the darkness Falls from the wings of Night, As a feather is wafted downward From an eagle in his flight. I see the lights of the village Gleam through the rain and the mist, And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me That my soul cannot resist: A feeling of sadness and longing, That is not akin to pain, And resembles sorrow only As the mist resembles the rain. Come, read to me some poem, Some simple and heartfelt lay, That shall soothe this restless feeling, And banish the thoughts of day. Not from the grand old masters, Not from the bards sublime, Whose distant footsteps echo Through the corridors of Time. For, like strains of martial music, Their mighty thoughts suggest Life's endless toil and endeavor; And to-night I long for rest. Read from some humbler poet, Whose songs gushed from his heart, As showers from the clouds of summer, Or tears from the eyelids start; Who, through long days of labor, And nights devoid of ease, Still heard in his soul the music Of wonderful melodies. Such songs have power to quiet The restless pulse of care, And come like the benediction That follows after prayer. Then read from the treasured volume The poem of thy choice, And lend to the rhyme of the poet The beauty of thy voice. And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.
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Brilliant Quartette “Blind Tom” 1893 brown wax cylinder Columbia Phonograph Company
 
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Brilliant Quartette sings “Blind Tom” Brown wax cylinder Columbia Phonograph Company.
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classic James Bland song "In The Evening By The Moonlight" Edison Quartet
 
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Edison Quartet sings the James Bland song "In The Evening By The Moonlight." In the evening by the moonlight when the darkey's work was over, we would gather round the fire 'till the hoecake it was done. Then we all would eat our suppers--after that we'd clear the kitchen. That's the only time we had to spare to have a little fun. Uncle Gabe would take the fiddle down that hung upon the wall while the silvery moon was shining clear and bright. How the old folks would enjoy it-- they would sit all night and listen as we sang in the evening by the moonlight.
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Count Basie & His Orchestra "Every Tub" Lester Young (1938) Buck Clayton
 
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Count Basie and His Orchestra: "Every Tub" on Decca 1723, recorded on February 16, 1938. The most influential or best of all big bands--even more than Ellington or Goodman? Listen for Sweets Edison on trumpet, Lester Young on tenor, Jo Jones on drums, and the Count on piano. Musicians include Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, tp; Eddie Durham, tb-g-a; Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Lester Young, Herschel Evans, ts; Jack Washington, bs, as; Count Basie, p; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d.
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"Dream Deferred (Harlem)" Langston Hughes recites his famous poem = Harlem Renaissance literature
 
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Dream Deferred (Harlem) By Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
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"The Road Not Taken" Robert Frost poem male voice "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood"
 
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The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert's Frost's "The Road Not Taken" was published in 1916 in the book Mountain Interval. Why a sigh at the poem’s end? Does the poet regret something? Probably no regret. I view the poem's speaker as the poet himself who picked the unconventional road of poetry, and this is a great poem. Any author of such a work should be proud going down this road! I detect a tone of satisfaction at the end: "I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference." Then why sigh? Probably out of frustration that we have to make hard choices. We are curious about where the other road goes. (The poet simplifies by saying two roads when in fact every life has many crossroads.) So the sigh comes from curiosity, not regret. The poem has another ambiguity (or unclear part)--the poet says the two roads “equally lay,” one road “just as fair” as the other. But then the poet says one road was more grassy, indicating that fewer people went down that grassy. The two roads look the same? Yet one road is less worn by footsteps, so they don't look the same? The roads look the same but look different? It’s like that famous expression about having your cake and eating it, too. The grassy road is more inviting to a person wanting an adventure, wanting to avoid the predictable or conventional. If you prefer to follow the crowd, you pick the road that is worn down. Anyway, this Frost poem says you can’t go back in time. We pick roads in life when we make major decisions. After you go down one road in life like picking a school or career or spouse, it is not easy to go back to the starting point to pick some other road. In 8th grade a student picks a “road” in life when picking a high school. That road may take you to an English teacher who inspires me to major in English in college, but at another school a science teacher would have inspired you to major in science, leading to cures for cancer and the common cold.
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"Oh Promise Me" Marie Rappold (Reginald De Koven--Robin Hood) lyrics by Clement Scott
 
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Marie Rappold sings "Oh Promise Me" (the famous song from 1887 by Reginald De Koven--it was in Robin Hood) on Edison Amberol 28029. Lyrics are by Clement Scott. Oh, promise me that someday you and I Will take our love together to some sky Where we may be alone and faith renew, And find the hollows where those flowers grew, Those first sweet violets of early spring, Which come in whispers, thrill us both, and sing Of love unspeakable that is to be; Oh, promise me! Oh, promise me! Oh, promise me that you will take my hand, The most unworthy in this lonely land, And let me sit beside you in your eyes, Seeing the vision of our paradise, Hearing God's message while the organ rolls Its mighty music to our very souls, No love less perfect than a life with thee; Oh, promise me! Oh, promise me!
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"Abdul Abulbul Amir" Frank Crumit LYRICS ARE HERE 1927 (Victor 20715)
 
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Abdul Abulbul Amir The sons of the Prophet were brave men and bold And quite unaccustomed to fear, But the bravest by far in the ranks of the shah Was Abdul Abulbul Amir. Now the heroes were plenty and well known to fame In the troops that were led by the Czar, And the bravest of these was a man by the name Of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. One day this bold Russian had shouldered his gun And donned his most truculent sneer. Downtown he did go where he trod on the toe of Abdul Abulbul Amir. "Young man," quote Abdul,"has life grown so dull That you wish to end your career? Vile infidel--know you have trod on the toe Of Abdul Abulbul Amir." Said Ivan, "My friend, your remarks in the end Will avail you but little, I fear, For you ne'er will survive to repeat them alive, Mr. Abdul Abulbul Amir!" [NEXT IS ABDUL'S REPLY] "So take your last look at sunshine and brook And send your regrets to the Czar, For by this I imply you are going to die, Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar." Then this bold Mameluke drew his trusty skibouk, With a cry of "Allah! Hak-bar!" And with murderous intent he ferociously went For Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. They fought all that night neath the pale yellow moon. The din was heard from afar, And huge multitudes came, so great was the fame of Abdul and Ivan Skavar. As Abdul's long knife was extracting the life, In fact he was shouting, "Huzzah!" He felt himself struck by that wily Calmuck, Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. The Sultan drove by in his red-breasted fly, Expecting the victor to cheer, But he only drew nigh to hear the last sigh Of Abdul Abulbul Amir. Dar Petrovitch, too, in his spectacle blue, Rode up in his new-crested car. He arrived just in time to exchange a last line With Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. There's a tomb rises up where the Blue Danube rolls. Engraved there in characters clear Is "Stranger, when passing, oh pray for the soul Of Abdul Abulbul Amir." A Muscovite maiden her lone vigil keeps, Neath the light of the cold northern star, And the name that she murmurs in vain as she weeps Is Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. Crumit was born on September 26, 1889, in Jackson, Ohio. He died on September 7, 1943. He first worked on stage at the age of five as part of an amateur minstrel show. As a youth he also worked as a motion picture show entertainer in Ohio cities. He attended Culver Military Academy and graduated in 1912 from Ohio University of Athens, Ohio, with a degree in electrical engineering. He was in the original cast of Tangerine, which opened its New York run at the Casino Theatre on August 9, 1921. With fellow composer Dave Zoob, he wrote "Sweet Lady" for that show (lyrics were by Howard Johnson), strumming and singing it to the show's leading lady, Julia Sanderson, who became his wife within six years. Crumit later noted that eleven years after it was first heard on Broadway, he and his wife had sung the song more than 16,000 times for stage and radio audiences. Crumit began his recording career at age 30. "My Gal," on Columbia A2884, coupled with Al Jolson singing George Gershwin's first major success, "Swanee," was issued in May 1920. Crumit cut "My Gal" on December 10, 1919, and for the next four years Columbia released new Crumit titles almost every month. In the spring of 1920 he made his first sides, anonymously, for Little Wonder. Sam Ash and Henry Burr were two tenors who made many Little Wonders in earlier years, but Ash stopped making records, and Burr became exclusive to Victor in late 1920. Crumit filled this void, many many Little Wonders from 1920 to 1923. Jim Walsh states in the November 1953 issue of Hobbies, "Personally, I think Frank was unfortunate in that the microphonic method of recording had not been developed when he signed his Columbia contract. Some singers sounded better when recorded by the horn system than under the early electric process, but Crumit did not. He came into his own after the 'mike' succeeded the horn....The most successful recorders of that day were those with naturally strong, well-rounded voices, such as Caruso's, or those who expended large quantities of energy by 'hammering'--that is, singing vigorously into the horn. Frank's easy, relaxed, informal method of singing was not adapted to acoustic techniques. Too often it was made to sound rather nasal, flat and without enough 'body.'" Crumit records were regularly issued by Columbia through February 1924 (his final session was on October 29, 1923), and they helped popularize "Whispering" (sung with William Davidson), "Margie," "Three O'Clock in the Morning," "Dapper Dan," "Stumbling," "I Gave You Up Just Before You Threw Me Down," and "Say It With a Ukulele." Columbia suffered grave financial difficulties in the early 1920s, which may have influenced the tenor's decision to sign in 1923 an exclusive Victor contract.
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"Perdido" classic Duke Ellington and His Orchestra on V-Disc 37 (1942)
 
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"Perdido" is played by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra on V-Disc 37 (1942).
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Edward Elgar "Land of Hope and Glory" Dame Clara Butt, rare contralto LYRICS Pomp and Circumstance
 
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Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned-- God make thee mightier yet! On sovereign brows, beloved, renowned, Once more thy crown is set. Thine equal laws by freedom gained Have ruled thee well and long; By freedom gained, by truth maintained, Thine Empire shall be strong. Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free, how shall we extol thee, who are born of thee? Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set; God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet! Edward Elgar's song "Land of Hope and Glory" takes its melody from Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D." That march had its premiere in Liverpool on October 19, 1901, which was several months after Queen Victoria died. Its Trio section has the melody that caught on--the tune soon-to-be-known-as "Land of Hope and Glory." Victoria's son, Edward was to be crowned king after waiting a long time for this job. Edward reportedly told Elgar that the trio part of his March would make a fine song if words were added. Elgar asked the poet and essayist A. C. Benson to write words to this melody already popularized in the previously published Elgar work. But the King became deathly ill, which meant a postponement of the coronation until August 1902. Elgar's "new" song (in a sense it was new but the melody was already known) was first performed in June 1902, nearly 9 months after the march called "Pomp and Circumstance" was heard for the first time--but two months before Edward's coronation ceremony. Madame Clara Butt introduced the new song. What a voice! A true contralto voice is rare to begin with, but Clara Butt also brought to audience perfect diction and volume. Clara Butt was born in 1872 in Southwick, Sussex. In 1900 Clara married Kennerley Rumford. The singer was often photographed with her husband, two sons, and daughter--the camera suggested a perfect British family! Her voice was loud though don't take seriously the idea that one could hear her voice across the English Channel--it was never tried, I'm sure. A conductor said her voice could be heard across the Channel to make the point that Butt was loud. Edward Elgar composed pieces with the unique voice of Clara Butt in mind. She helped popularize the piece Elgar is now most famous for--I think of it as "Land of Hope and Glory" but it is usually titled "Pomp and Circumstance." One is a vocal version of a fine melody, the other instrumental. Clara Butt died in 1936.
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"Marching Thro' Georgia" classic Civil War song Byron G. Harlan & Joe Parsons
 
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"Marching Thro' Georgia" is sung by Byron G. Harlan and Joe Parsons. Bring the good old bugle, boys, we'll sing another song Sing it with a spirit that will start the world along Sing it as we used to sing it, 50,000 strong While we were marching through Georgia. Hurrah! Hurrah! we bring the jubilee! Hurrah! Hurrah! the flag that makes you free! So we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the sea While we were marching through Georgia. How the darkeys shouted when they heard the joyful sound How the turkeys gobbled which our commissary found How the sweet potatoes even started from the ground While we were marching through Georgia. Yes and there were Union men who wept with joyful tears, When they saw the honored flag they had not seen for years; Hardly could they be restrained from breaking forth in cheers, While we were marching through Georgia. "Sherman's dashing Yankee boys will never reach the coast!" So the saucy rebels said and 'twas a handsome boast Had they not forgot, alas! to reckon with the Host While we were marching through Georgia. So we made a thoroughfare for freedom and her train, Sixty miles in latitude, three hundred to the main; Treason fled before us, for resistance was in vain While we were marching through Georgia.
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Jolly Good Fellows sing "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty," World War I classic
 
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The Jolly Good Fellows sing "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty," recorded in 1930 and issued on Regal 193.
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"Basin Street Blues" (Spencer Williams song) Louis Armstrong & Orchestra--Earl Hines on celesta
 
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"Basin Street Blues" (Spencer Williams song) Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Basin St Blues was named after the famous New Orleans French Quarter avenue. Mancy Cara on banjo Jimmy Strong on clarinet Fred Robinson on trombone Earl Hines on piano and with his celesta Zutty Singleton on drums. Louis Armstrong on cornet and scat vocals. Recorded for Okeh on December 4, 1928, in Chicago. Listen to the celesta on this recording.
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"Clementine (From New Orleans)" Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra (1927) listen for Bix!
 
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"Clementine (From New Orleans)" is played by Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra on Victor 20994, recorded on September 15, 1927. Listen for Bix!
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"Ace In The Hole" Clancy Hayes with Bob Scobey
 
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Clancy Hayes with Bob Scobey "Ace In The Hole" Words are by James Dempsey. Music is by George Mitchell. Chick Bullock may have been the first to record this--in 1936. Now this town is full of guys Who think they're mighty wise Just because they know a thing or two You can see them everyday Strolling up and down Broadway Telling of the wonders they can do Well, there's conmen and there's boosters Card sharks and crap shooters They congregate around the Metropole They wear fancy ties and collars But where they get their dollars While they all got an ace in the hole Some of them write to the old folks for coin Well, that's their old ace in the hole Others have gals on the old Tenderloin Well, that's their old ace in the hole They'll tell you all the trips That they are going to take From 'Frisco up to that old North Pole Now their names would be mud Like a old chump playing stud If they lost that old ace in the hole Now some of them write to the old folks for coin And lets their old ace in the hole And others well, they have gals on the old Tenderloin And that's their old ace in the hole Well, they'll tell you all the trips That they are going to take From 'Frisco up to that old North Pole Now their names would be mud Like a chump playing stud If they lost that old ace in the hole If they lost that old ace in the hole
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Mound City Blue Blowers "San" on Brunswick 2602, recorded March 14, 1924
 
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Mound City Blue Blowers "San" on Brunswick 2602, recorded March 14, 1924
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Victor Borge "Phonetic Punctuation" (1942) unissued take made for RCA Victor
 
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Victor Borge "Phonetic Punctuation" (February 3, 1942) An unissued take made for RCA Victor Sound file by Cary Ginell.
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