With a banjo and a ukulele, too, no sad songs allowed. Guitars and mandolins are a different story.
Ragtime Songs About Ragtime Songs
Ragtime songs had a habit of singing about themselves – in syncopation, naturally.
Yip Hated To Say “I Love You”
Yip Harburg wrote love songs but used his own irreverent way of playing with words to avoid the obvious.
Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here
Songs for being up on the rooftops, from penthouses to tenements, from summer heat to pouring rain.
Expressiveness leads to flirting, and then you’re on your own.
When the middle class embraced the values of domesticity and propriety before the 20th century swept them away, popular songs recorded their point of view.
Born in 1896
By accident of biology, more important songwriters were born in 1896 than any other year. A hour to take advantage of a lucky accident.
The Waltz and the Polka
Once the upper crust tamed the waltz and polka, we had a chance to discover how wide-ranging these two popular dance forms really were.
This Must Be Illegal
Tributes to what may just be the most delightful form of sin.
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