Presented by UCLA Library Performing Arts Archivist—Peggy Alexander
On display through March 5, 2014
What would February be if the Music Library did not get the chance to show off some of the love songs from the Sheet Music Collection, 1890- (PASC 147-M). However, make no mistake, this exhibit does not feature sappy titles like “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)” or “Cheek to Cheek.” Rather, the uncertainty of love is questioned with titles such as:
“If You Make Eyes at Someone (Won’t You Please Make Eyes at Me).”
Lyrics—Leo Wood & Matt Woodward
“One Has My Name…the Other Has My Heart.”
Lyrics & Music—Eddie Dean, Dearest Dean, and Hal Blair
“The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else.”
“Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (For Somebody Else).”
Lyrics—Lewis & Young
“Since an Angel like Mary Loves a Devil like Me.”
Lyrics—Joe Young & Edgar Leslie
Music—George W. Meyer
“I Just Met the Fellow who Married the Girl that I was Going to Get.”
Yet, have no fear that the Music Library encourages cynicism towards Valentine’s Day. The following titles reflect the ubiquitous appreciation of traditional love songs.
“Sneezing Song (I Love You I Love You Kachoo).”
Lyrics & Music—Cal de Voll, Polly and Anna
“I Do Kind of Feel I’m in Love.”
Lyrics—Hugh E. Wright
Quirky Love Songs from the Sheet Music Collection, 1890- demonstrates the wide variety of topical pieces available in this collection (PASC 147-M), and while a researcher may have to go sleuthing through finding aids and physical boxes, in order to view the songs presented above (or similar titles), UCLA Libraries Digital Collections: Digital Archive of Popular American Music presents another discovery point. This digital archive features over 450,000 pieces that are in the public domain.
The Music Library Staff hopes that you will get the chance to come check-out this exhibit and to explore the UCLA Libraries Performing Arts and Digital Collections.