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You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine is one song that I know can break through the bonds of dementia or connect with children. I was surprised to discover the origins of the song, though. The song was first recorded in 1939 by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell.  Davis and Mitchell are credited as the songwriters and own Read More

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Crying in the Chapel

Crying in the Chapel was one of Elvis Presley’s hit songs.  However, it was written by Artie Glenn. Artie Glenn wrote it for his son, Darrell, who recorded the song in 1953.  The high schooler recorded the song with his group, The Rhythm Riders. After being rejected by several publishing companies, the song was published Read More

Carrie Jacobs-Bond

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day was written by Carrie Smith-Bond, also known as the author of I Love You Truly. A Perfect Day was another hit for Bond.  The story of A Perfect Day is interesting. While traveling in California around 1909, Carrie stopped by at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California. In her own words: “..while dressing for Read More

Mary Poppins

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was written by the Sherman brothers for the Disney movie Mary Poppins.  Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke sing the song in the movie. The Oxford English Dictionary estimates the word was first used in the 1940s.  According to Wikipedia, columnist Helen Herman muses about her made up word, Supercaliflawjalisticexpialidoshus, in her A-Muse-ings column Read More

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You’re a Grand Old Flag

You’re a Grand Old Flag is a popular song written by George M. Cohan. The song was published in 1906 and first performed on the stage on February 6.  Cohan wrote the song for his musical George Washington, Jr.  The song was first performed on the opening night of the play at Herald Square Theater Read More

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In the Good Ole Summertime

In the Good Ole Summertime is a Tin Pan Alley song that was first published in 1902.  The song was written by George Evans and Ren Shields. The duo had a difficult time selling the song to publishers.  At the suggestion of actress Blanche Ring, the song was added to the 1902 musical comedy, The Read More

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Taps

Taps is a haunting bugle call that is played at military funerals. During the American Civil War, three slow drum beats were struck at the end of the Tattoo to extinguish the lights.  A military Tattoo was originally a form of military music.  Today it has evolved to shows involving theatrics and musical performances.  The Read More

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Carrie Jacobs-Bond Triumphed over Tragedy

We recently looked at the song I Love You Truly.  However, the author has an interesting life worth reviewing in her own right.   Carrie was born on August 11, 1862, during the midst of the Civil War.  She was born in a brick house in Janesville, Wisconsin. By a young age she could pick Read More

Emily Bear Kuper

Emily Bear—A Gifted Young Musician

I had a friend draw my attention to this gifted and talented young lady. This gifted pianist was born in August 2001 and at the tender age of fourteen has accomplished more than some accomplish in a lifetime.  Her grandmother is said to recognize her talent on the piano by the age of two years Read More

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I Love You Truly

I Love You Truly is a popular love song with the senior adult population I work with. This song was a parlor song published in 1901.  This musical composition was written by Carrie Jacobs-Bond. Bond’s husband, Frank, died in 1895.  While on a trip to her hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin she wrote I Love You Read More