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Hello everyone! Hope you are getting ready to have a great Fourth of July. I want to encourage you, if you have never been there before or if it’s been a while since you visited, to check out a fantastic repository of music information at the music blog Songbook1.
We did a review of Songbook 1, and I can’t praise this site highly enough. It is a vast repository of information about songs and singers from the beginnings of jazz all the way up to 1954.
There is so much information on this site that at first it might feel a little overwhelming.
My suggestion is to look at the right-hand side of the screen, and begin to slowly scroll down.
On the side of the screen is listed all of the different categories available for you to visit. Then start clicking on the ones that interest you. You’ll find Burt Bachrach information, as well as vast information on Jobim, Bing Crosby, Harold Arlen, so many more–this is just off the top of my head.
What I love about this site is that a song will be listed. There will be an introduction about the song, and then will follow all of the video performances of that song. I don’t know where the writer of this blog, who goes by the name of “Doc”, finds all of these videos, but you will love them.
I also love the huge number of photographs of classic singers. If you are researching a classic cabaret or nightclub singer, you will likely find information and photos here.
If you are researching a song to include in a cabaret show, this is a great blog to visit.
I encourage you to visit soon, as Doc is considering stopping work on this blog.
After you have visited, you can understand that it takes many hours every day just to maintain the site, let alone all the research involved for each blog post.
If you feel so inclined, I think that it would be a great encouragement to the blog owner if you subscribe to the site and leave comments for him when you visit a post.
There are so few good classic music blogs that offer information for cabaret enthusiasts, and I would hate to see this one die on the vine, so head over there and have a visit and see what you think.
Till next time,
Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time