Satch and BingFriends at a time when blacks and whites were rarely friends, Armstrong and Crosby had a rare chemistry when they performed together.
Life Is Like a TrainEven if it isn’t, follow along for a century of songs about riding the rails, from the suburbs to the other end of the continent.
Good Times and BadIt’s always a time for hope, but preferably with your eyes wide open.
Sob SongsIrving Berlin coined the term so here are the great “sob songs,” music and words by the master.
The Songs of William JeromeAn important lyricist from Tin Pan Alley when sheet music decided the fate of a song.
Maceo Pinkard and His Lyricists
Maceo Pinkard was the first African-American composer to work mainly with white lyricists.
Love with an Edge
Love songs that trade in limits, irony, hard-eyed clarity – and unquenchable romanticism.
Spirituals and Minstrel Songs
African-American music in the 19th century, from the sacred to the profane, the exalted to the demeaning.
Lead Up to Oklahoma!
Oklahoma! was the start of something new, but it was also the culmination of many things that preceded it.
Resolution and Promises
What you intend, promise, and wish for to help the annual New Year’s self-deception.
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