Category Archives: Sheet music

Smoke! smoke! smoke! that cigarette

I recently inherited 3 big boxes of sheet music from my father-in-law, an amateur trombone player. He enjoyed buying sheet music on eBay, and often sent me copies of songs he thought my senior audiences might like. I’ve sorted through … Continue reading

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And her tears flowed like wine

There used to be a “cry room” at the back of the Catholic church I attended as a child. The cry room was like a penalty box shared by an unhappy baby, or an unruly child, and a parent. The … Continue reading

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Turn, turn, turn

Page-turners make me nervous. I’m referring not to a suspenseful book that keeps me reading well into the night, but to the person who sits next to the pianist and turns the pages of sheet music. The popular songs of … Continue reading

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My old flame

The art on sheet music covers can be elegant: Or it can be campy: I don’t know how I came to have this well-worn book in my sheet music collection, but the cover photo always makes me laugh. So over … Continue reading

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Singing for nickels and dimes

Shortly after I wrote the post about song pluggers in Tin Pan Alley, a man in my audience mentioned that he remembers the sheet music departments found in five-and-dime stores like Woolworth’s and Kresge’s in the 1930s. Singers and piano … Continue reading

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