Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 21, 1907)
McDonald, C. P.
Music and song, pp. 10-11
10 AlI Tal Gil previoula well known tlertghout the east and celebrated tiare as conductor of the famous Carlisle Inditin Band, James Riley Wlee- Iaek was practically unknown in the wsest whten the WTheelock's United States In- dian Band was first organized, at Law- sence, Kans., in 1902. Now, however, the name Wheelock has become a common word where good mu- sic is known and appreciated, as much as tie namae was a household word in frotballci reics whren te gint XVioeioek was ttie gaeard oct thre Carlisle Indian football team. It is sometimes riestioned as to the aility of the Indian in taking up the educational arts. That question can not re better answered than bp mere refer- Cnce to W-heelock and his concert band of lifta Indian musicianos. 1Vithout quoes- tion this organization ranks with all the lending concert bands in the United Stit-- Ile lNid's early siuccesses were made in Phteilaudlphi and durier its visit to Pulci aul IDenver, in 1902, and at the X'ild's Columbian Exnosition, St. Louis, in 190. Sinace that tirne M~r. Wheelock li's had a i-li selected land of Indian ari-tets. earitep fromo all over tire ITnitecd Stcte til Slexin colurpeseraieg taentp- live adifferta cr Siia-s- raeri rars iracit giving doc it a the rimlplsac-stI going ias flr ear-at a-a N-1 sork Cti, aclce it plop-ded '(, i I ciae thea-lters for several wseeks, thSr saicw-s to the artistic ecamrt being at tlhae t bteei g columees of Eraise actet raoecatios from to lending na- seaaSl citco' epas virere. Xitet ter it im1ossibe to adsequatel sc-rithe the tIieans ualitc. ofere is n seart, a-tterie cc sornit i o ihe tier- alitiior ai dooitses te aertospre if tier noa. so lto ethec ifferent from tie handsi that aolths mani to conty, ascnt this mat-t be exerece(]e to Ibe ap- raaTtle & a concepaion the inaterpre- tatelo te aitea icesfoimance, are tell alaseis etheii Olanedle ead tie ipre- sanih is lwits acoiitearl b the iith- oose loeas aho tloday meer t o th ea a. Xli Xhlotc- axas edataied at Carlisle halladifi Seste- a - meair gra yatiesgter- iia whti wet cal Ga-og nera and studi thatir N ,ise rt Iepig, nd froe tres al nt ta Loedon oee lie co e - dec tmbeat of that celebrated English larcclyaiCto, wan fl. s\Irt. i eock is the omor I olan tart if tri orld nglinzaun tind itrdrded- tatee to gis-ed arictp rig-class cocetoh tetasha-l careas thee fery o imt ieelist(-aet tall-ut iof Indciane blood totie fundi i Aerii son canes a-ietao eologis far ta cIirete r ats walitp of its h cn- i-er. nither i accout of lity sathi- till19- car acre of its Ieoctbers- brut is awill- eero Ie jadgea on its ereits as ao iu- srich omaetizrttioo rm. 'lkhe tndIii ni the Emaongeentiot in Xhilelhi &w Copay, Phinelpim ant NoxYork City. The Old and the New. a'iree's r wva of j dging,a sold a seeoavicarsrites successful songps "wa-tetho- a-r tce b-li-lads of todap meaesure tiptotire hlads of ae-atetdap-soranieep bp p-ester- lds oatax call a s ong genera tion , ad tht, coat rea in thedty y suhog IS 's hll T tis 'Soit of les Tire ree-s oerm fine Tess of an old song is larel -a t tter of what She coll an as- sccatonrer at Tdeias. The Ciosory of at faate he ng is ieeti'Wh in itobeis ie tie grin'e ehn's recollections of ris ipsic l-so- sa ala f drs. Tiefore to him anet old sae xas Sre sest eve com- ptheeOl "'o asho uros tte owks ouet Tire oitheri night ceo a trig Atlanrtic City Rathr- s1e-led I sat ealr a led ale arond ax-liehsoima-ear tirtv or fortp taisddie-agesa h1ks aIttesralirg toe Elks.' coera eatearn ste Pilesto are seate. Ir couplteof of the' no the orchestra begn tohplay aup-td'tel tehin-thged in lly ofal- lala on a satg esrat , ro " There sa',so ic re m edey suchl songs as Wieni Wing.' 'Sweet Vi el i Sose- i's C li g n et te wr-as- Drops 'ami i''ticg 'ol ta Shills fra tire Sa--islioe' 'Wait 'Pill tire Cloueds Roil By,' -t-teac Thcemc Dells,' 'h~ena tie Rtobins Nest Agailer.' 'XWhenr tie, Leav-es Bsglsa tic FrIl' 'I'll Wait, My Lov-e,' 'It's Calp a P'arnsy Iossoter-slraitrs fromr all of tloese arced othiers. Affects the Old Boys. "'It 'as curtiious So note hows those muid- allo-agpai c-taps l rilirrlcivied aifter a good inier, tookc tlint staff. Fora a couplri of licitca elccp teril breen lisateinge , ax-iolip- ceeceesc-l to ilae orsaatra irtndei-itg the ece-tai-(ate tlaltceua--tli- c-x lrwrblladas. ex- luasaiaas sich-ls, s-agelin-, ietcepota- tialos, Itodiaie acoa eosxlair maeodies- -larse Moe runl( tre XWorild is l~tne,' '--targ''Schrool Days,' 'Ateiah W~an- cac,' 'Yestercdasp,' 'ln the Land of the Buffalo. "'tlhey had talked merrily and noisily through all of the modern stuff, but when tire orchestra broke into the old strains a hush ifell upon them. They leaned back in their chairs, all quiet after a very few of the opening strains, and blew smoks sings aet the open sky. "I saw several of the middle-aged chaps wiping their eye-glasses quite in- dltriously, and when the medley was over not a few of them blw their noses with quite unnocessary violence. Then they broke into a veritable tumult of ap- prlause. Songs of Childhood Stick. "It was a perfect exemplificaton of my theory that the songs of one's youth are the songs that stick, while those that coe later merely glnce off. Mys uraId- mothler tells me to this vry uIar that the greatest song ever written was 'Lily Dole,' a completely forgotten thing pub- lished in the forties, and of the deadly sugary and soggy variety. "The middle-aged Elks ranged around that big table really had something wxorth while remembering in listening to that medley. though, for there were some mighty good songs included in the hodge podge. I doubt if there has been any period since that could show stch a, bunch of genuinely good and enduring liilald- as those of a song generation ago. "They were well sung, too. The elderly Elks, for instance, to bring back the rec- allection of Banks 1sinter singing 'White wings (he composed the song). and Fritz Emmet singing 'Sweet Violets,' and his always alive 'Lullaby,' and Billy Scanln singing 'Peek-a-boo,' and Fred Oikland singing 'The Spanish Cavaliet, acna so o. for in those days the lealing Songs beceme ineradicably associateal axith the people who sang them best and oftenest. Good Things Last. ".Nothing is more certain than that a good thin,, will last. At a steamer cor- cert not long ago one of tire volunteer entertainers, a fine old boy, with a splen- did baritone voice, ang 'A Lighthouse By the Sea.' Going bnek some, ah? But that always was a beautiful song, anrd it eoile the bit of the performance. -" 'Now, isn't that a delightful song?' I heacd a young wioman say to leer comsu- panionl. a manree of sixty. 'I wodeuar wxIty I haven't heard it before? It must ce very new. I must get it when w-e land.' " 'You cay find it in lnrSist. and you may not,' said the girl's old fogy cor- pacnimc. aen uncle, proalanly. 'I havn't lacrtd it till tonight for over thirty years. I used to hum it when I had all of the hair that belonged to care, and that. my dear, was long before you ever thought of being horn. "'How extraordinary!'si hegr. -' -Isx x~oocl~rerp' said Sire girl. 'Fancy anything so pretty being done such a long timto ago.' "It is thus that the best of old songs live. "Or the day when General Grant was lburied in New York, Pat Gilmore's band, tip at the tomb, laed 'Somebody's Com- ing When the Dew Drops Fall' in slow Slie. Th at song, a verp loelyone, tra Irad its vogue masop years before 1881. The rising generation had quite forgotten it. "But the Gilmore band did it so beau- tifull> that the younge folks at the tomb aIII f 11 to asking for the neamer- oaf the ( piec, and for -a long tie afterward the p- a-larored for the piece at the musiy shops, and so tie old song, thus oddly revived, had a second birth. Ragtime Still Lives. "Predictions as to the passing of rag- time don't seem to pan out. The'y hoe- gas predicting that five or six weeks ao, anld yet the coon stuff holds out wonder- fullp well and is wanted everywhere. 'Foty or hifty fellows are addressing themnselves to no other task than the riting of ragtime stuff, all fighting for the lit, for the one hit in that direction cuas a lot to the tucky rtan. That s'hows that the ragtime sort is still in demand. "The writers of this sort of thing are doing better at it all the time, too. The rartime stuff of the last two years is incomparably better than that -which gave that class of composition its great- est vogue. They're getting the genuine African atmosphere, the real Congo thing,. the Zambesiland flavor, these days. "It's no longer merely the coon shout- ing stuff. but the croon, grass lut, palmr-lined river sort of Africanese writ- ing, imbued vith sentiment and color. There's still a big chance at that sort arf work. So emoinent a man as Dvorak thonugiht so years ago, and his predictions about it are being verified. lThe uici stuff was better than the Indian finl(] cowhoY material. There was a samauencss about the Indian songs, pret- tp ass somuee of therm axere; iand tire pres- ent g-neratioi doesn't knowa enough about the red man to derive much of acn ape-al from songs about him. The cow- hay atuff, wihli its sound as of the THE SHOW WORLD usica n .U 0 `DY- C.P.M-DONALD JAMES RILEY WHEELOCK, BAND LEADER. September 21, 19 TE EDITOR WILL BE PLEAED TO ANERAL QUESTI ON5 RELATING To, OR TENDING TO BETTERTE MUSIC PUBLISHING BUSINESS, ALL COMMUNICATIONS AND MANUS- CRIPTSSHOULD8EACCOMPAN/EcDBy SUFF/CIENT POSTA6E- FOR THE/ RETUR thlninaeg- of h igh-heelced loots upon tle hokactatok floor, also is marked byacea tam sameness, and I doubt if it will t a lasting vogue. "The innovators are turning their at- tention to old 1\Iexico lately, and there be all sorts of Sonoras and Chihuahua, and that sort published in the autumn The Spanish motif runs through all ,; this Mexican stuff that is being turni out now, and the Mexican songs are go- ing to have a big time of it, I think. All Countries Covered. "The color is there; the music, beir Spanish, is ready made, so to speak tht is, it doesnt' have to be invented haphazard, like the Indian and csk-or stuff-and old Mexico, of course, is over laid and surcharged with sentiment. Some of the boys I know are even trying their hands at Aztec stuff-cliff dwelling, sun dancing things with the wierd strain, some of it not half bad. "After that, the Incas of Peru, I sup- pose, and our progressive song writers may yet become archeologists and poke through the ruis of Yucatan. and uch like for inspiration and material. The song writing chaps who beatte others to it in establishing a balladvogul are the lucky ones in the financial wa. end that's wiry all hands are workno like lemons to get hold of the new thing A lot of temwreastd mnyraIrir-toslio, 1ours en endea-orinr to a t aJapore enge nnvou. OuAme s canethui ver tire _pponr ounstryp eredsottus aslean a nomber of nhe lapaneer wsere abouet to he sprung. and kowing uttiteir efforts evoild tne fallendead tirey head to give tuat attemoptup. 'tre some singers paidhy musicp hai iohers to sing oteir new oangt Glrte mtt cmedbailyare, andsoigofth rr pacl beg for this sort of tboootinrg. Ithe are not paid icr a lupre ialase themselves in for a pieceofrtIe haryaie. Yusic pubisirers likeotni. r- t'Th areanoemeot bettr, I think,l o t a of core a guarantee tat the des- err"-rs7roer will be more zealous in hisn eer attemts to aks tie new sng stick end 'sel. Bt H after all, no song of mediocre rit ca rese hboosted byteasaier- ads inte antring rore thep meres c-pireerm l faclc aed prosperity. Iomar iy T th oistec h to a oectrfora wihl cittecomonplace stueffdoesn't edura in ties ballaid on inhesny ir orethf it Haoes ic E iteeat re o Thoe wasre nteroosted of the sortIc puisined foe Auis Darlirgethe wriar if nat, to the gau ate octogesorisid. (lied icr Kcetuaha a few stays ago-anl ye-t fuc'lltoa that one t-erywereit aier anxld t odar. I baa-hart a buos af Ka as coalisg a steameratioo- thii singit. Wastree tre yboostingr 'Kathsleee Natournesea'? N'otcthat I cci cheaid of. Yet it goesoct. -fte good folks know th godthing i he icr tir bgay e bedepened w d to perpetuate it" Hager Hollers. mleat' a p ire sce e He f &n a aer li e racentla institated-thio of tex ( agingic~ their 'aseekip-' paper-, "Echoa io adittacomd' for a copy of legitirtat heoials b t I doubtif itismeetings itu the flattescg reception the puklsli~ claim forc t. To t haose to are ponnected with,ad unteestechd only i. the irerou of Hello aie es r om "thirots Hitlandd" emut asstdianl ak e a strongappeal. Buta hoe o o a e iterested i the gSI petlisnoI hg business at large t i uer lnis pooteicng of gentine inteestoside ofthe facttatit cons the kniolede that J. Fred thef is the geatest ol oriter iso te ord-that is if lEcra From Hiprn e n is to tebelieedb For irstaste: leFrt one fhrd writtoe thirty 'lits' before ie ted of itaet choseatecd of Iris royalties." Fred i n- fortcnei insohknowainrgteattre srong arcoof tielas-iaNew York, orss'iiereMn iris pubtlisbers cora- lan ton locateid. woiuldt cereailtrp lae- been alown about eicro acod toe Wsoulcd taete affcrttll amprtle protectiona nd an adequate tit,- city. 'Whien a cron lenas-writteren v, rtilr iis anal beacomes ,ivare of tiefact tatr lie is trot gettinrg tie rop-aities duelilac tee tres anople opportuncita to makelis pubilisheer sheow cacuse as-tryhe strould not trap-himtalttiat is comnsg touler. Frld didncot do thoat. Its preferred to wailt auntil lire load beeo '"cheated"'outOf rol- nities froms "thrirty- hits," stel then lie dicdeot take tire couerse oponr to him, bitt toe got es-en waithr tire peubrishlerbygoing inoto tire bausisness hinrself! Stefferrigl anotipodes. can you treat it' Thenr. aganic: 'Anrong tise niasciell sucesses of tire p-ear, tire ,,ritleeOfBelt aptpeas o er at least ti-sr' There is at1 citler and tatoas-. to, tonl ,-e harrt aeccaler ~ ~ ~ ~ 'I tirca isossle ln luelislsr awtic farrio tle taw-s corprorations recentlY argnizeid Iadecteleast oilcreitto each irf tireir iratees. W~e leasehad bit after