Songs My Grandmother Taught Me
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Old-fashioned parlor songs in a sentimental mood.

The life of composer, poet, artist and publisher Carrie Jacobs-Bond reads like a classic American rags-to-riches success story. Hailed during her lifetime as the "James Whitcomb Riley of Song," many of Bond's 400-some "home" songs have become standards in the popular repertory and have been near and dear to the hearts of generations of listeners. She was born in a small town in southern Wisconsin and enjoyed some celebrity as a child because of her ability to play the piano. She received minimal formal music training. After a first failed marriage, during which she had her beloved son Fred, she married her childhood sweetheart Dr. Frank Lewis Bond and moved with her young son to Iron River, Michigan. It was here she began to compose her songs, but sadly, after only seven years, her husband died, leaving her almost penniless. To support herself and her son, she "peddled" her songs. She founded her own publishing house "The Bond Shop" and it was run by her and her son until he committed suicide in 1929. Here is how she was described: "In a voice drenched with tears, almost basslike in quality, she would sit at her old grand piano and intone these quaint melodies for us. These were certainly not distinguished compositions, by any means, but there was a quality about them, a wistfulness that was part of her nature, that made each new song seem a revelation." A composer of American melodies in the tradition of Stephen Foster, Carrie Jacobs-Bond's songs epitomize the Victorian and post-Victorian parlor song: unapologetically sentimental, yet displaying a genuine lyric gift. In the words of one biographer, her songs "represent a final flowering of the 19th century genteelly sentimental song in American popular music."
Contents:
Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
A Hundred Years From Now
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Good Night
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Answer the First Rap
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Birds
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
When Church Is Out
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
When My Ships Come Home
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
To Understand
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Her Greatest Charm
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
A Perfect Day
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
A Present From Yourself
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Shadows
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
A Little Pink Rose
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
The Pleasure of Giving
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, compose
June and December
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Your Song
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Keep Awake
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Just A-Wearyin' For You
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
God Remembers When the World Forgets
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
A Good Exercise
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Because of the Light
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Have You Seen My Kittie?
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
First Ask Yourself
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Until God's Day
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Were I
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Still Unexprest
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Roses Are In Bloom
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
When They Say the Unkind things
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
I Love You Truly
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
At Morning, Noon, and Night
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
A Song of the Hills
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Making the Best of It
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

Carrie Jacobs-Bond, composer
Nothin' But Love
Peggy Balensuela, mezzo soprano; William Hughes, piano

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