- Nov 3, 2019
"You know...Camptown Races, Oh Susannah...Stephen stinkin' Foster!"
Yes, that guy.
He wrote more than those songs, though --in fact, he wrote or co-wrote a whole lot of music.
Although some of Stephen Foster's biggest hits were minstrel-show tunes (as in the Tombstone quote above), his other songs range from moralizing ("Don't be Idle") to hilarious ("My Wife is a Most Knowing Woman") to danged sad (fill in the blank...how about "Our Willie Dear is Dying"? ).
They cover topics including lost love, religion, the War and (I think) the Temperance movement ("Comrades, Fill no Glass for Me").
While I was wasting my life on the Internet the other day, something inspired me to look him up, and lo and behold, at least one kind fellow has recorded a bunch of Foster's lesser-known songs and put them on Youtube, with lyrics.
Also, since "life plus 70 years" was a long time ago, IMSLP and LoC also have free sheet music for lots and lots of these tunes, and a simple search should find them if the link doesn't work.
Nothing says "love" like "Public Domain".
Merry (early) Christmas!
-- the Quiet1
P.S.: If you have any favorite Foster songs/renditions, please share them. I would love to indulge.
(Photo copied from IMSLP page linked above)