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September 2, 2010

No, not the financial services company. “Ing,” as in, enjoying, prohibiting, brewing. My next set of wond’rful vintage sheet music is an active, if dry and melancholy, bunch.

Wond'ring

Wond’ring, “A Song that Overwhelms!”

Are you wond’ring what I’m wond’ring? Where did the e’s go? Was there a shortage in 1919? Prohibition had just come into effect; maybe the composer was nippin’ at the bathtub gin a bit. Absolutely lovely cover illustration, though.

In 1921, Prohibition was really gaining a foothold, which may have left one…Sighing.

Sighing

Sighing seems like a slow sort of thing to me, which makes it an odd subject for a Fox-Trot.

In 1921 one might also be Listening, listening for that beautiful password that would open up the speakeasy door.

Listening

And a little bonus on the back cover of Listening: that’s right, it’s Learning, “the song you hear wherever you go.” If you’re listening.

Learning 1920

You taught me readin’, writin’, and some spellin’
I’m not tellin’ other things your teaching brings

Note: she was only taught some spelling, so I’ll forgive the lack of g’s.

However, after finding a larger picture of the cover, I’m convinced this gal already knew a thing or two, if you catch my drift.

And now tell me after all this Ing’ing you don’t have “Wishin’, Hopin'” in your head. Well, you do now. You’re welcome.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Renee permalink
    September 2, 2010 9:24 pm

    Wherever would 1 find all of this lovely old sheet music!

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