Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Wax and Acetate Christmas

Do you like old Christmas pictures? I know I do. I found a website that sells copies of Harper's Weekly and other old newspapers, which is where I found this lovely vintage picture. I put a link here to the website so you can get some of these pictures and maybe buy some of the antique publications.

Wow, Christmas is getting closer and I have done only a little of my Christmas shopping. Running out of ideas is my main problem. So I have a great idea to share with my blogger friends. Have you ever heard of Springle cookies? I hadn't until I met Ken Hamilton, who is a professional baker and makes these little pieces of edible art. They are beautiful! And they taste great! Check out the link on this page for ordering and other information.

Now on to music. This week I have a combination of songs I have gotten from my 78 rpm record collection and songs from cylinders that I have downloaded and then cleaned up some.

Frank Gallagher was very into polkas, so when he wanted to record a Christmas song, guess what kind of song it was? Right - a polka. "Merry Christmas (Polka)" is a lively song that you will enjoy.

Are you old enough to remember Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on the Saturday morning cowboy shows? If so, you will remember that they sang "Happy Trails to You" as their theme song. Included this week is from my record collection of Roy Rogers singing "Gabby the Gobbler". It is kinda corny, but bet you will like it anyway.

From The Blue Barron & His Orchestra I have "Christmastime". From Joni James, you can hear "Christmas and You" and "Nina Non". I have been singing "Nina Non" ever since I made this copy. It is really lovely and nostalgic - makes you remember the love you felt as a child at Christmas. Get this one even if you don't want the others.

Tony Martin's "Christmas Candle" and "Nazareth" are very pretty. Then we have Tom Glazer with "Little Bitty Baby". I remember this one from the past. It is one of those that add a new object to the list for every verse, then you have to go backwards through them all before the next verse. It is one that the kids will love to sing.

Not really novel but still lots of fun are Sid Peltyn & His Orchestra with "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and also Vaughn Monroe with "Marshmallow World".

Two of my favorites are Vera Lynn with the Robert Farnon Orchestra in "Christmas Time" and Vaughn Monroe & Moon Maidens with " The Jolly Old Man in the Bright Red Suit". By the way, Vera Lynn's "Christmas Time" is not the same song as done by Blue Barron, mentioned above, even though the title is almost the same.

I found a very interesting Christmas song on the Library of Congress archives. This was recorded in 1939 as part of a program that was designed to make recordings from various localities in the United States of folk songs and other things in an effort to keep them from disappearing. The gentleman on the beginning of the recording is Leon Ponce, and it is obvious that he is an older gentleman. He is singing a cute song from his past. I found the same song, recorded many years later by a group named The Revelers. I don't know if they learned the song from the Library of Congress archive or by other means. Anyway, I put the two versions together into one song. Hope you enjoy it.

The cylinder songs included come from various sites, with a few from the London Phonograph and Gramophone Society. As before, I have removed much of the noise and pops that come from these old cylinders. But still they have quite a bit of noise that cannot be removed (at least by me) without losing too much of the original. I think you can enjoy them, as I do, for their historical value.

You will find several Winter songs in the download list, just because they were on cylinder and of course, winter in the northern hemisphere starts at approximately the same time as Christmas. So even though not strictly Christmas music, it seemed appropriate to put them in here.
Hope you enjoy "A Wax and Acetate Christmas".
XSLA_O CD insert.pdf

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas at 78 RPMs

I finally have my Christmas 2008 songs ready for sharing. I got a Stanton T90 USB phonograph player so I can now put all my records on the internet. I have a nice collection of 78 rpm Christmas records. I know many of them are not available on other websites or CDs, so unless you have a record player and the record, you would not have been able to hear many of these since the days of 78 records.

Don't you think the chubby little cherub in this old Christmas Card looks like the Charmin babies? I used this pic for the front of the CD, which you will find with the download list.

To start off the Christmas sharing, I have part of a set of records made in 1939 on 78 rpm. I bought these as an incomplete set. I am missing the first 2 records, but have the last 3 records here. As you may remember (if you are approaching ancientness, like I am), 78s did not have many minutes available for recording. So this set of records has an unusual method of putting several Christmas songs on each side by making them short and with very short pauses between them. The singers are Frank Luther and Zora Layman. The set is called Christmas in Song and each side of a record is called "part". So you will be able to tell from my listing what was actually on each record. I found all of them entertaining and hope you do too.

Carmen Quinn has a lovely voice and I have included her recording of "Santa's Coming" and "Story of the Magi", both of which are very pretty and you will want to play them often this Christmas. Then Don Cornell, also with a lovely voice, sings "I've Got the Christmas Spirit" and "Let's Have an Old-Fashioned Christmas". Dennis Day is a well-known tenor who was on the Jack Benny show for many years. Listen to him with his fun version of "Christmas in Kilarney". It is a cute rendition that you will love.

Eddie Fisher was a heart-throb in his time. He also sings great. So you will really enjoy "Christmas Day" and "What Christmas Means to Me". I also have included Eddy Howard, who I was not familiar with until I got this record. He sings "Dearest Santa". Larry Green and his Orchestra plays "Our Christmas Waltz".

When I was young, my mother, who was a pianist and amateur singer, got her 4 girls together and taught us how to sing in parts. We had 4 girls, so she split us up into two parts. We were quite small when we started performing at church. I imagine that we sounded a lot like the Romine Sisters, whose "Christmas is Just Around the Corner" and "Christmas Time is Here" are included. The songs are cute, the singing only so-so, but I like them because of my singing experiences. Christmas season will have many children's groups and choirs singing for your entertainment, so it is very seasonal for that reason also.

John Jacob Niles went out into the mountains in the early 1900's and recorded many of the folk songs which he found there. He recorded many of them in his high-pitched, rather nasally voice and they were popular in the 1950's and 1960's. I have included four of them. I enjoy them especially for their historic value. So please listen to "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head", "Sing We the Virgin Mary", "The Cherry Tree", and "Lulee Lulay".

Jose Ferrer's "March of the Christmas Toys" will tickle your fancy. From the flip side, you can hear "Let's Give a Christmas Present to Santa Claus" by Rosemary Clooney.

Ruby Wright was very popular in her time. The two songs from her that I have included here are lively and very Christmas-sy. I know you will like them --"Have a Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas" and "Let's Light the Christmas Tree".

I have been waiting for the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project to put a digital copy of Tascott's "You Must Think I'm Santa Claus" on their website. I finally have it for you. There was a very bad section in it but I managed to get much of the noise reduced so that you can enjoy listening to it more. It was recorded on cylinder in 1906 as a comedic song, and although our sense of what is funny and also socially acceptable has changed since then, the song still is interesting for itself and it's historic value. So please excuse any problems it has and enjoy it.

Phil Regan's record has a Christmas song on one side and on the other side is "Leprechaun's Lullaby". Even though it is not a Christmas song, it is adorable and a song about a child's world. Christmas is very much about children, so I think it fits in this collection very nicely.

Christmas So Long Ago-N CD insert.pdf

Frank Luther & Zora Layman - Christmas in Song Vol2 Part 6_LONG JOYOUSLY SING 1939.mp3
Frank Luther & Zora Layman - Christmas in Song Vol2 Part 7_The Glad Bells All Say 1939.mp3
Frank Luther & Zora Layman - Christmas in Song Vol2 Part 8_MERRILY RING THE BELLS 1939.mp3
Frank Luther & Zora Layman - Christmas in Song Vol2 Part 9_OLD SANTA 1939.mp3
John Jacob Niles - Sing We the Virgin Mary.mp3
John Jacob Niles - Lulee Lulay.mp3
John Jacob Niles - The Cherry Tree.mp3
Jose Ferrer - March of the Christmas Toys 1954.mp3
Larry Green and his Orchestra - Our Christmas Waltz 1949.mp3
Phil Regan - Leprechaun Lullaby 1950.mp3
Phil Regan - The Christmas Story 1950.mp3
Romine Sisters - Christmas Is Just Around the Corner.mp3
Romine Sisters - Christmas Time Is Here.mp3
Rosemary Clooney - Let's Give a Christmas Present to Santa Claus 1954.mp3
Ruby Wright - Have a Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas 1957 .mp3
Ruby Wright - Let's Light the Christmas Tree 1957.mp3
John Jacob Niles - Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head.mp3
Eddie Fisher- Christmas Day 1953.mp3
Carmel Quinn - Santa's Coming 1954.mp3
Tascott - You Must Think I'm Santa Claus 1906.mp3

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Christmas 2007 Shared Songs

As I have mentioned before in this page, I have been collecting and sharing vintage Christmas songs for several years now. During Christmas 2007 I got many of the songs from the cylinder sites on the internet, that I have written about in my previous blogs. The songs I am putting here today are mostly songs that I got from other bloggers' sites. Look to the side panel of the page to see a bunch of links to these sites. Some of these guys and gals put so many songs out on the internet that they must live in music heaven all the time! Still, if the songs were in their original versions when I downloaded them, I have removed pops and hiss, etc. The ones I have for you today are from my "Christmas So Long Ago - K" CD.

Here are links to the songs. Hope you enjoy them.

Christmas So Long Ago - K

Friday, May 23, 2008

More Cylinder Christmas Music

This week I am putting out my last of the cylinder Christmas music from my 2007 Christmas So Long Ago collection. But already I have found several more old Christmas songs with lapsed copyrights for the upcoming Christmas season. These will be put through my music editing software and then I will put them on this blog for download.

I also have lots of music from previous Christmases to put out here. I still need to sort through them to see which ones I bought, which would have current copyrights, and which ones were found elsewhere. Keep watching for these to add to your collection.

Then I will have my copies of Christmas music from my old 78's and other formats. I am in the process of making digital copies of these. When they are done, I will put them here also. So I anticipate lots of Christmas music here at least by Christmas 2008!

This week, we will hear from Vaugh De Leath, Vesta Pallis, Jimmy Rosen, and H. Knoll in "Santa Claus Land 1 & 2" 1927. The start was very noisy so there is some loss of the data, but you can still tell what is said. This was originally recorded on two cylinders, and I put them together into one file so you can hear it all together. It is interesting that Brownies lived with Santa Claus in this story, rather than elves. Then we get to hear the vibraphone, which comes across well on the recording.

Vaughn De Leath (pictured)

We also have "Santa Claus Song with yodel" sung by George P Watson. It is a lively melody. It has some home-made animal sounds in it, to give it pizzazz. And of course there is the yodel. I have recently tried my luck at learning to yodel. You don't want to know how that is going at this point.

One of my favorites is in French, which I do not know at all. Mme. Edouard Bolduc sings Le Bas de Noel. She does what was called puirt a beul or mouth music. This is a section of the lyrics where nonsense syllables are used. Here is a section from Wikipedia about it:

Mouth Music in the Americas
When they came across the ocean the ancestors of modern Scottish Americans brought their music with them, including mouth music, which was often incorporated into the lyrics of songs. It became an integral part of Appalachian music, roots music, and bluegrass, from whence it spread into many forms of American music. Its lasting influence can be seen in scat singing , a jazz technique where vocalists "play" melodies without words, and in modern beatboxing, a form of vocal percussion that is associated with modern hip hop music.

Mme. Edouard Bolduc always performed under her married name. She was also known as Mary Travers and La Bolduc. "During the peak of her popularity in the 1930s, she was known as the Queen of Canadian Folksingers. Bolduc is often considered to be Quebec's first singer/songwriter. Her style combined the traditional folk music of Ireland and Quebec, usually in upbeat, comedic songs." (quoted from Wikipedia again.)

La Bolduc with fellow band members 1928.

Included in the lineup this week are also several Christmas carols. Hope you enjoy them all.

Vaughn De Leath, Vesta Pallis, Jimmy Rosen,H Knoll - Santa Claus Land 1 & 2 1927.mp3
Thomas Chalmers - Birthday of a King 1914.mp3
Steve Porter - The Sleigh Ride Party 1898.mp3
Robert Price - Christ, The New Born King 1904.mp3
Robert Gayler - Christmas Bells 1919.mp3
Petit Septuor de la Bonne - Whence O Shepherd Maiden 1937.mp3
Olive Kline - Merry Christmas_Sleighing Song 1914.mp3
Mme. Edouard Bolduc - Le Bas de Noel (The Christmas Stocking)1931.mp3
Metropolitan Quartette - Song of Ages 1918.mp3
Metropolitan Quartet - Christmas, Christmas, Blessed, Blessed Day 1917.mp3
Louis Chartier - Oh, Cradle 1929.mp3
George P. Watson - Santa Claus Song 1906.mp3

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Christmas Has Changed Since the Early 1900's

Christmas is so commercial nowadays and we also get bombarded by the media starting around Halloween about what to buy, buy, buy for Christmas. But I can remember when Christmas advertisement, shopping, singing, etc. all started around the first of December, not even as soon as Thanksgiving. Guess I'm just an oldie (but Goodie?), but I am not in the Christmas shopping mood until December. By then it is difficult to work all the hustle and bustle into my schedule. So my Christmas shopping has gotten more and more internet-connected in the last few years. I love not having to get hit in the parking lot, wait in long check-out lines, maneuver around shopping carts and shoppers. But I do miss the Christmas decorations that dominate at the malls. So I still do a little of my shopping in "real" stores and malls.

We all know that Christmas has not always been like this. At the beginning of the 1900's, Christmas was much more family- and religion-oriented. You can take a nostalgic trip, or fantasy trip if you are not old enough for nostalgia, back to that time with the Antique Christmas Music links below.

In "Old Jim's Christmas Hymn" from 1910, the hymn that Old Jim traditionally sings, when he is not too sauced to sing apparently, is not a Christmas song at all. It is a hymn, "Rock of Ages", that is still popular. This is supposed to be a tear-jerker, I think. So get your hankies out.

In "Christmas Morning at Flannagan's", you will hear what a typical Irish Christmas (supposedly) sounded like. You might have to listen closely, as this is from a cylinder that was very noisy when I downloaded it. It cleaned up well, but is still a little fuzzy, as many of the cylinder recordings are that I am offering.

One of my favorites of the old-time Christmas spirit genre is "Flanagan's New Year's Call" from 1909. The woman he calls on, Mrs. Riley, is a TRIP! Of course, he is not much better. His son is out of jail now because he got a year off for good behavior. "Oh, it must be a great comfort to have such a well-behaved boy," says Mrs. Riley. And Mrs. Riley forgot to offer a drop to drink to Mr. Flanagan before he left. So naturally she decides she will drink it for him! Lots of other comical lines in this recording! In its original form from my download, I could hardly understand anything that was spoken. This one cleaned up well. Enjoy it!

You know, Santa Claus wasn't always quite the way we think of him nowadays. He has evolved from a much less important figure in past Christmases. But he has always been the most beloved of children. In Gilbert Girard's "Santa Claus Talks About His Toy Shop", you get to hear the funniest sound effects. You could do all of these yourself, for free! I guess they didn't expect to make much money from the sales to pay for even slightly expensive sound effects. I love the pig sounds. I have heard a few pigs in my lifetime, and I am pretty sure that none of them sounded like that!

In the companion song, "Santa Claus Gives Away His Toys", you will notice that the way that the recording simulates Santa approaching is by making "Hello" louder and louder as if he were getting nearer. It works, since I understood that was what was happening. You will also hear what types of gifts children recieved for Christmas back in 1918. Not the big expensive, and expansive, list of toys of today.

As I was cleaning up the sound on these recordings, the hardest thing to correct was taking noise out of a section that had jingle bells playing. I would remove noise and the jingle bells would either disappear or distort. It took a lot of finagling to get the correct sound. But they came out very well, on these particularly.

From the Canadian Historical Sound Recordings - The Virtual Gramophone, I got "The Sleep of the Baby Jesus". I don't understand even a word of French, but the little girl singing this one, Jean D'Arc Charlebois, is just so charming that I don't need to understand the words to enjoy it. Maybe someone can tell me what she is saying. That would be interesting.

Tommy and Molly were awoken on Christmas Eve by Santa's visit. Tommy accidentally hollered when he saw that it was Santy Claus there. But Santy was nice about it, and granted them their wishes for their favorite toys. This is one of the recordings that had the worst noise over the jingle bells. I had to delete that section and copy in another jingle bell snippet. It worked pretty well, I think.

Hope you enjoy all of today's Antique Christmas Songs downloads. Here are the links for Revitalized Antique Christmas Songs #3.

ernest hare - Santa Claus Greetings 1924.mp3
Gilbert Girard - Santa Claus Gives Away His Toys 1918.mp3
Gilbert Girard - Santa Claus Talks About His Toy Shop 1918.mp3
Harry Anthony and James F. Harrison - Old Jim's Christmas Hymn 1910.mp3
Harry Macdonough - Winter - 1916.mp3
Henry Burr - The Star Of Bethlehem - 1904.mp3
Jeanne D'Arc Charlesbois - The Sleep of the Baby Jesus 1929.mp3
Manuel Romain - Christmas Time Seems Years And Years Away - 1909.mp3
Prince's Band - Auld Lang Syne 1914.mp3
Steve Porter - Christmas Morning At Flannigan's 1906.mp3
Steve Porter - Flanagan's New Year's Call 1909.mp3
Walt Bingham And His Orchestra - Im Going Home For Christmas.mp3

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

A Little Cylinder Info

Cylinders were the first type of commercially used recording media. If you are interested in learning more about how cylinders were recorded, the history of cylinders, and gramaphones, the links on my page will give you some places to start looking for information.

Here is a picture of one of the earlier types of cylinders. I think it is interesting that they came with pieces of paper tucked in them that listed the name of the song and performers. I am not surprised that many cylinders that are still around today do not have the original sheets with them. I suppose it is more surprising that any DO have them. Instead of slips of paper, the very earliest recordings had an announcer declaiming the title and performers' name at the beginning of the recording. Of course that took up precious time on the cylinders, which were limited to 2 minutes. I think the 4 minute cylinders came along a little later, but still not much time to record anything. Maybe that is why the paper slips were used later, so that the time on the recording could be used for recording the main subject.

This is a Standard gramophone.

Now on to my link to some more revitalized Antique Christmas Music. These are more of the music from my Christmas 2007 collection.

There are several Christmas carols included in this week's download. I suppose that most folks know that "Silent Night" was originally written in German. So how did we get the English lyrics that we all know? A direct translation would not yield the correct rhymes and beat to match the music. So it had to be translated, then English lyrics that matched a general translation were written. As you can guess, there was more than one version in earlier times. For this reason, the version included in the download today has different lyrics than the version everyone sings today. How would you have written them?

Santa didn't always say "Ho, Ho, Ho". In Ernest Hare's "Santa Hides in the Phonograph" from 1926, he said more like "ha, ha, ha, ha." Interesting. Where is that voice of Santa coming from? The new phonograph? How did his voice get in there? Is Santa in the phonograph? Well, apparently, yes he is. Probably makes sense to every 4 or 5 year-old.

Just for something different, I have included Fiddlin' John Carson - "Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over". The fiddling is fun, but I really don't understand the lyrics. Why does Christmas time have to be over before we can join the band? And what is he saying, "Come on Gals, let's go xxxx"? Any ideas?

These blues come fallin' like drops of rain when you have to spend Christmas locked up in jail. Ain't that a pain! Leroy Carr claims it is. This is a good example of some early blues, actually a little more melodic than some.

This is folder #2 containing 10 songs.

Edison Concert Band - Christ is Come 1908.mp3
Edison Concert Band - Ring Out The Bells For Christmas 1916.mp3
Edison Concert Quartette - Silent Night (Sung in English)1910.mp3
Edison Mixed Quartet - Hail, Hail, Day of Days 1913.mp3
Edison Quartette - Hail Smiling Morn 1904.mp3
Elsie Baker - Around the Christmas Tree_Little Christmas Shoes 1914.mp3
Ernest Hare - santa hides in the phonograph 1926.mp3
Fiddlin' John Carson - Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over 1928.mp3
German Kinderchoir - Christkind Kommt 1913.mp3
Leroy Carr - Christmas In Jail (Ain't That A Pain) 1929.mp3

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Old Christmas 78's Purchased

I just bought three 78's on ebay of Christmas music. I hope that Economic Stimulus check is in the mail soon so I can get a turn-table with a recording setup. I don't have either a turn table or the connection equipment to my computer but I have been window-shopping. So I know what I want to get. Then I will be able to listen to the new old records I have now. I am trying to find records of songs I can't find on the web or for purchase. Then I can offer them to my Antique Christmas Music friends so that you can hear them too. Looking forward to this new development in my hobby.

For today I am putting a few more links to my revitalized Christmas mp3's. Hope you enjoy them.

Byron Harlan - Why Don't Santa Claus Go Next Door original recording in 1909. Another poverty heart-strings song, but I like it.

Byron Harlan - Why Don't Santa Claus Go Next Door 1909.mp3

I posted a similar duo by Brunswick Concert Band in my last post. This one is by the Columbia Orchestra - The Kiddie's Christmas Frolic_ Evening.

Columbia Orchestra - The Kiddie's Christmas Frolic_Evening.mp3

Here is the second of the duo from Columbia Orchestra - The Kiddie's Christmas Frolic_Morning

Columbia Orchestra - The Kiddie's Christmas Frolic_Morning.mp3

Here is a reading of a poem. I think it says a lot about the Christmas spirit.

Edward Sterling Wright - A Christmas Basket 1913.mp3

Of course bells have always been popular in Christmas music, but I think they were particularly well-suited for the cylinder recording method. Making a cylinder recording was always "live" and the proximity of the musical instrument to the recording horn determined the sound volume. Bells were able to come through loud and clear on this type of recording.

Edison Concert Band - Bells of Christmas 1913.mp3

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Day 2 of Antique Christmas Music

Today was a tough day at work so I am going to be brief here today. I want to get some more of my revitalized Christmas music available to you all (I haven't lived in the South long enough to write "y'all" yet). So here we go.

Kiddie's Patrol (Christmas Eve) - Brunswick Concert Band.
Brunswick Concert Band - Kiddie's Patrol (Christmas Eve) 1920.mp3

Kiddie's Dance (Christmas Morning) - Brunswick Concert Band recorded in 1920. This type of Christmas music seemed to be popular, adding sound effects to the performance. Really kinda cute.
Brunswick Concert Band - Kiddie's Dance (Christmas Morning) 1920.mp3

Down on the Farm - Ada Jones and Len Spencer recorded in 1906. They had hard times back then, too.
Ada Jones and Len Spencer - Down on the Farm 1906.mp3

Oh You Silv'ry Bells by Ada Jones and Billy Murray. Recorded in 1913
Ada Jones & Billy Murray - Oh You Silv'ry Bells 1913.mp3

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Antique Christmas Music First Day

For several years now I have been collecting old Christmas songs, looking for those songs that I did not know or had not heard often. They also had to be recorded before the 1960s (except for a few that I couldn't live without that were a little more recent). At first, I had to search very diligently and could only find a few songs that met these criteria. But as I learned more about the artists who were recording in that time frame, and the types of music, etc., I was more successful in my searches. Consequently, my collection has grown much larger than I had originally anticipated.

After I realized that other people, namely my family and friends, would also enjoy hearing these songs, I started making CDs every year that had my newest finds on them. That has worked well until I have recently had new friends that are requesting copies of previous years' collections. It is getting to be rather much to make CDs for all of these songs, for all of these folks, every year, as you can imagine.

For Christmas 2007, I found the fascinating website that the University of California, Santa Barbara has started which has digital recordings of cylinder music. I am amazed at the amount of time, ingenuity, and dedication that the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project has given to the world in order to give us a chance to hear these antique recordings. If you listen to any of these recordings, you will hear them exactly as they sound TODAY on the cylinder, including all the noise, hiss, pops, and sometimes even missing parts. Although I found them interesting as they are recorded, I did not find them particularly pleasant sounding. For the ones that I wanted to include in my Christmas So Long Ago collection, I wanted to remove most of the noise, pops, and other problems so that I could enjoy listening to them over and over. Therefore, I purchased some software that did a good job of restoring the music to a better listening level. Of course, the changes I made using the software were determined by my own preferences, which could very well be different from others' ideas of what is the best sound. I do think that I did a pretty good job on them, though, and invite you to listen to my revitalized recordings.

As I get going on this blog, I will add more songs. Right now I am going to put a few of my favorites here for download. Hope you enjoy them! Al Campbell and Henry Burr - "I'd Rather Be Kissed Neath the Mistletoe Bough" was recorded in 1913. In it the girl says she would rather be kissed beneath a mistletoe bough than spoon under any old tree. I have the feeling that the boy would be willing to "spoon" just about anywhere, though. Give it a listen.

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