The Songbook Blog

Spotlights, Weekly Columns, Interviews and more from the Great American Songbook Foundation family!

8/16/2020
Happy Days Three Ways
"Happy Days Are Here Again" served as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's campaign song in 1932, and resonated throughout the nation as most Americans were looking to Roosevelt in hopes that his pledge of “a new deal for the American people” would shepherd them safely through the Great Depression into a new era of economic prosperity. Watch three perspectives of this hopeful song of the Great American Songbook.
8/12/2020
Irving Berlin's America
“Irving Berlin has no place in American music,” Kern replied. “Irving Berlin is American music.”
7/31/2020
Music's Voice in the American Civil Rights Movement
There is no American social movement of the 20th or 21st century more closely connected to music than the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
7/19/2020
Perfect Harmony Take Home Activities
This is an ongoing blog with suggestions for engaging music activities that can be done in assisted living facilities.
7/7/2020
Teaching Notes - Allegiance
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7/7/2020
Teaching Notes - Cabaret
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6/29/2020
Ross Edelstein's Work With the Archives and Willson
Ross Edelstein was the most recent intern with the Archives of the Great American Songbook Foundation. Learn more about he work he did for the Songbook Foundation and how he's bringing what he learned to his next stage.
6/10/2020
Teaching Notes - South Pacific
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6/4/2020
African-American Music Appreciation Month and the Songbook
African-American Music Appreciation Month is celebrated every June. This month, the Great American Songbook Foundation is celebrating the artists and songs that have contributed to our unique American soundscape and cultural history.
5/14/2020
Teaching Notes - Hair
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5/8/2020
Congratulations to our Songbook Seniors!
Celebrating our alums who are graduating from high school and college this year!
4/25/2020
GASF Perfect Harmony Spotlight: Mike Cook
The Great American Songbook Foundation has a dedicated team of docents, collections processors and Perfect Harmony volunteers who devote their time and talents to preserving and educating the history of the Great American Songbook. Each week we will be putting a spotlight on the people behind the scenes.