Several years ago, I happened to be in DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival (by complete chance, too!) – a spring festival spanning several weeks commemorating the gift of 3000 cherry blossoms to the US from Japan. These trees were planted around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park starting in 1912.
For the (all too brief) year that I lived in England, I sent myself out on several pilgrimages to see important homes and museums of revered authors: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and William Shakespeare to name a few. I purchased old books and new books, each with a different history-whether I was creating its history, or just adding to it. I purchased several of Shakespeare’s works, hoping to finally understand his way with Iambic pentameter (I still look for antiquated Shakespeare, even though I have a large collection already!) And while my understanding is certainly growing, I can’t help but admire Shakespeare’s tenacity on writing as a whole, his cleverness, his mysterious life, and his continued popularity.
The weather in the northern United States is supposed to rather annoyingly bad this week, or so all of the meteorologists keep harping. The impending bad weather makes me think of those folks who live in permanent snow, with wind chills in the negatives, and snow piling up to create several feet. These thoughts inspired the search for those who willingly spent their time outdoors in the frigid weather. Alaskan Iditarod teams.
Did you know that Oreo cookies have been selling for over 100 years? Created in 1912, and selling alongside Nabisco’s Barnum’s Animal Crackers, it has continued to be a staple in most children’s (and many adult’s) lives at some point or another. I LOVE oreos, just as much as I love this ad, and find it’s too easy to eat an entire box in one sitting! Oh-Oh Oreo!
Yesterday, my favorite artist released a pre-order of his new album, which comes out in October. Me, with my love of vintage media, snagged one of the 2k vinyls for sale. And in honor of this musical loveliness, I looked into some old songs through the Library of Congress.
Here is one of the many catchy songs available to researchers. Sung by Billy Murray (1877-1954), it was just the type of music to be played in a club because of the ease of which you could dance to it. Numerous dances were created as a result of the changes in music, with many variations to match the styles of the time. The song above is characterized as a Ragtime, and people would dance a foxtrot to its rhythm. Murray had a very prolific career, recording over 400 songs in the first half of the 20th century. In the very early years of recording, he recorded most notably for Edison and Victor, two competitors in the growing phonograph market.
*Just as a side note, I had originally embedded players from the LOC onto this site, but they weren’t showing up when I tried to preview, so I apologize for the unnecessary windows!