City Geometries, the Odd Ruin, and Some Genealogical Burrowing
(Just in time for a musically themed Sepia Saturday!)
You have some choice memories here. Being a Hoosier, I especially enjoyed, "On the Banks of the Wabash."
Great old songs. Thanks for gathering them together here. I wonder if young people now have ever heard these old standards that everyone knew back then.
Some of those examples of old sheet music were works of art in themselves.
It's lovely your dad knew so many songs. He appears to be singing in the photo.
How neat you were able to include, along with the pictures of the sheet music, recordings of the music sung and played as well. Really fun post!
I like being able to actually hear the music.
What a celebration in words, images and music.
My daddy was the same way!
I don't know what it is about our brain or what the flow chart might look like to find its way to a song long ago buried and lost in my memory, but I had only to see the words "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" to burst into song. And the others too. You can still hear them played on some radio programs. But please don't call them "hoary". They may be old but there is still a place for them - they are nostalgic, they are heart-warming, they often represent much of what is good in people and in life. Thank you Sean's Daddy.
Good melodies and memorable lyrics prove durable over the decades for this very reason of passing them down father to son. I don't believe that many if any contemporary pop songs (i.e. hip hop, rap,) will last into multiple generations like this.