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A few years ago, I read a book entitled, This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, by Daniel J. Levitin. 

In the beginning of the book, Levitin talks about how a few of generations ago, before television, families would play music together for entertainment—without the emphasis on whether your technique was good enough to play for others. 

This was not the focus of the book, but I remember reading that and thinking about the popular music of the late 19th & early 20th century, played in the parlors (or family rooms, living rooms, etc.,) of many homes. 

Lots of tunes in this category – You can choose any Parlor tune to play for this party.  Here’s some explanations of Parlor Music (that includes some examples):

https://www.loc.gov/collection.....lor-music/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....lour_music 

I’m starting the party with Stephen Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer

 

 

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great idea @SharonC and wonderful playing!   i like how you did the overlays and color.  matches the old tune kinda vibe.   ill have to look through the list and find something.  can it be a Stephen Foster tune or do you prefer it come from the list in the link you shared?  And...was this with the q8?  either way video crisp and audio sounds great.

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SharonC

Great playing,

Most of quality family time was replaced with TV and recorded music.

Even in the 1910 I've read articles warning about recorded music replacing family's playing together.

They were right on the money.

Mark

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@ABitRusty  @Mark Thanks! 

@ABitRusty Any parlor tune (I edited my original post) - basically, if it is in the time period/fits the basic description, it is good to go smile

I did use the Q8 - I should have looked closer at the screen before I started playing--I meant to back up a little from the camera--oh, well, learning curve!

I also used my AE5100 mic--had it about 1.5ft from me up & over to the right (pointed toward the bridge).  I'm still playing with it to get the best position for it.  So I combined the onboard X/Y mic with the AE5100.

@Mark 1910--and even over a hundred years later, we still don't get it frown

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@SharonC I think the distance looks good.  I mean its about the same framing Ive seen many times of youtubers playing violin.  

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@SharonC - 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/84/33/32/8433325e537460dc6caf6488b4422263.jpg

Ooooh MY, what an unexpected surprise!   

💖 YOUR PLAYING!  

...and the sepia was the perfect effect!

Beautiful duet from an era of great serenades. 

🤔 never knew 'Parlor Music' was a genre!   

 

So much happened during the late 19th to early 20th Century. 

Working class society changed dramatically with reforms, power plants supplied more electricity, telephones, silent movies - more education, $ for music & singing lessons, leisure time. 

"Songs became independent of their folk music roots by 1870."

(victorian-era.org) 

This is GREAT Party idea! 

 

Thank you, for a wonderful step back in time!  

It's a far step from the music I've been working on, but my Grandmother would've enjoyed these (besides Show Tunes), so I'm game. 😊

...have to admit, the first songs that came to mind - were several sung by Alfalfa, and the other "Little Rascals". (lol) 

- Emily 

 

*The painting, "Suspense" by Charles Burton Barber (1845-1894).

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@ELCBK Thank you! 

Alfalfa did sing Beautiful Dreamer!  Lol--I was thinking of the movie Mighty Joe Young.

When I think of Alfalfa, this is the song that first comes to my mind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....uOsB4psC9E

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@SharonC -

Mighty Joe Young - Classic!  

Ah, yes - this music soothes the savage beast... unless sung by Alfalfa, who gave new meaning to "crooning". (lol)

Think everything Alfalfa (and the "Our Gang" kids) sang was Parlor Music - the secret to my music education. 

...got my 'Classical Music' education thanks to Looney Tunes. 😁

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ELCBK said
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...got my 'Classical Music' education thanks to Looney Tunes. 😁  

Don't forget Disney for that education! Think Sorcerer's Apprentice.

The old curmudgeon!

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If your thinking what sings are parlor song, as I was clueless, here is a list of some songs to look at. 

 

Parlorsongs.com

Mark

 

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thanks @Mark. looking through those.   also started browsing youtube and this artist...janet klein. .. good stuff. Havent figured out if the songs she sings are originals or not.

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I quoted everyone's sources, here → over to this thread in "Other World Music Styles":

Parlor Music

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@SharonC this was composed in the late 1800's .   Hope its what you have in mind.  There are lyrics somewhere out there.

Peek A Boo Waltz

 

some info on tune.  its also on the l.o.c site

https://tunearch.org/wiki/Anno.....-boo_Waltz

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@Mark I think Parlorsongs.com is a great reference--

@ELCBK Good idea putting sources over in a new thread! Thanks!

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@ABitRusty

I think Peek A Boo Waltz is more of a traditional tune than a parlor tune, but it was part of the popular music of the same time period (I’m sure people were playing it in their parlors!), so I’ll say it fits! thumbs-up

I played a version of this (Mark O’Connor Method Book 2) in @Mark 's  Waltz Party 

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/p.....1/#p114069

But I like your version with guitar better!  Really nice smooth playing on it!  Like the old timey look, too.  

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dont know much about parlour music to be honest, I will have to look it up.

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Love the duet Sharon, class, I also like the old timey look of the vid.

Great playing Greg, never heard that one before.

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@ABitRusty -

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/75/fc/be/75fcbe33392cbf348f8ea564f8f550db.jpg

FABULOUS PLAYING! 

I love the guitar, too 💖 PERFECT chord changes! 

You make the whole process of developing a backing, then recording both & putting it all together - seem matter-of-fact and sooo natural! 
Thank You for making this a PARTY! 

https://media.tenor.com/images/ce35e897446486d8cdbdc9e3bdcebd83/tenor.gif

...I tend to think of "Peek-a-boo" more as dance music, while I picture "Parlor Music" as songs being sung - usually with piano accompaniment, e.g., "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", etc... 

- Emily 

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@SharonC said

"...I Think Peek A Boo Waltz is more of a traditional tune than a parlor tune, but it was part of the popular music of the same time period (I’m sure people were playing it in their parlors!).."

I think it falls into the traditional tune category as well and knew I was probably on the edge of it being considered a parlor song.    But figured the same thing as you since the time period was correct and it was a vaudeville song from what what i read.  

I THOUGHT it had been played recently on here..forgot it was you..  Watching yours again I think i was lagging a bit and yours was closer to speed..youre definitely better keeping the waltz feel. 

 At any rate almost have a new one down and enjoyed the whole process of looking for a tune, playing, recording and sharing it.  thanks for kickin' off another party!  

 

thanks stringy!

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haha...you snuck in while i was typing!! @elcbk  😅  thank you!  

"...I tend to think of "Peek-a-boo" more as dance music, while I picture "Parlor Music" as songs being sung - usually with piano accompaniment,..."

ill have to find something better fit..well darn..gotta record again  🙃😆  its good though cuz spend a little time looking at the differences a bit.  do yall think angeline baker parlor?  that was another one almost went with

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