America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, by Philip Furia PDF

By Philip Furia

ISBN-10: 0203958535

ISBN-13: 9780203958537

ISBN-10: 0415972469

ISBN-13: 9780415972468

"America's Songs" tells the "stories at the back of" the main cherished renowned songs of the final century. all of us have songs that experience a distinct that means in our lives; listening to them inspires a unique time or position. Little ask yourself that those specified songs became enduring classics. not anything brings the roarin '20s to real looking "Tea for 2" or "I'm simply Wild approximately Harry"; the good melancholy is evoked in all of its discomfort and distress in songs like "Brother are you able to Spare a Dime?"; "God Bless the United States" revives the strong desire that American democracy promised to the area throughout the darkish days of global battle II; "Young at middle" inspires the postwar optimism of the '50s. after which, there are the numerous songs of affection, new romance, and heartbreak: "As Time is going By", "Always", "Am I Blue"...the checklist is unending. besides telling the tales in the back of those songs, "America's Songs" indicates, easily and succinctly, what makes a tune nice. The booklet illuminates the best way each one nice tune melds phrases and track - sentiment and melody - right into a seamless entire. "America's Songs" additionally lines the attention-grabbing yet mysterious technique of collaboration, the give-and-take among craftsmen, a composer and a lyricist, as they mixed their skills to create a tune. "America's Songs" is attention-grabbing studying for somebody drawn to the background of the songs that the United States loves.

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"America's Songs" tells the "stories in the back of" the main liked renowned songs of the final century. all of us have songs that experience a distinct which means in our lives; listening to them conjures up a distinct time or position. Little ask yourself that those exact songs became enduring classics. not anything brings the roarin '20s to sensible "Tea for 2" or "I'm simply Wild approximately Harry"; the good melancholy is evoked in all of its soreness and distress in songs like "Brother are you able to Spare a Dime?

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Fifteen years his junior, Turner Layton was a talented piano player who wanted little more than to turn out hits. ” Strangely enough, the last place “After You’ve Gone” became popular was New York City. In 1916, a musical called So Long, Letty had a so-so run on Broadway before beginning a successful road tour. Eventually, “After You’ve Gone” was added to the score and became very popular wherever the show played. However, nobody could buy it because the sheet music did not appear for another year.

Movie star Paulette Goddard, a Follies Girl when she was still a teenager, wrote that in one show, all she had to do was sit on a cardboard moon and smile. She explained that “girls were far more frivolous then because … nothing was expected of them. I could tap but I was never given the chance. ” Nothing was ever quite finished for the restless Ziegfeld. Though he had composers and lyricists on his staff, he hired additional songwriters to contribute extra songs. If a song from outside the Follies became a hit, he would build a new number around it and insert it to keep the current show fresh and up to date.

When he emerged early Sunday morning, he had finished writing, “Over There,” one of the most martial of our patriotic songs. It is also one of the jingliest. His daughter Mary recalled that Cohan gathered his family in the living room to hear the new song: “We all sat down and waited expectantly because we loved to hear him sing. ” Soon he was marching around the room, swinging his arms, and singing at the top of his lungs. It is surprising that the family was not up on its feet, marching along.

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