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NOW, ALL TOGETHER! "EVERYBODY SING.'"
According to John C. Freund, the American people now spend about
$600,000,000 a year for music, pr, say, $30 a family.
It's a lot of money. And, of course, a good deal of extravagance is con
tained in it top-heavy opera, for example, which drfesn't reach the people
who need music most; and over-ballooned concerts and the like.
But it's not too much for the benefits that go with it. Why, when you
think of the billion or more spent on grog, isn't it clear that we're still too
stingy with music?
We spend practically as much on music as we do on war, including
pensions. In. Germany, on the other hand, so long held up as the model
in music, the military burden is ten times as heavy as the music burden.
With due respect to the fatherland, this country, in the apportionment of its
outlay as between man-killing and man-saving activities, has it beaten
And still we haven't half enough music!
In the next company you find yourself where music is introduced, note
how large the proportion is which has not yet learned either to sing with
effect or play a musical instrument
Gen. Sherman used to say that he knew only two tunes-r-one was
"Marching Through Georgia" and the other wasn't.
Now and then there are odd folk who cannot get the hang of music
But in the main the lack of power to make make music is a sign more of
neglect than misfortune. You CAN sing or play if you want to and are
willing to learn. And it's worth learning, for nothing else better adds to
He who has music in his soul and the power to express ft has a resource
which can never be taken away, which is equally consoling in joy or sorrow
and which may always be depended upon U be a means of fellowship with
; THE PROMISEDLAND
By Berton Btaley. ""-
The land that's always sunny, the
landof milk and honey, the lattjl of
nature's beauty most supreme, For
years and years I've sought It and
now at last I've caught it, the per
fect summer spot of which I dream;
it's always cool and restful, although
it gives a zestful and titillating tingle
to the yeins, and socially it's .pleas
ant for everybody present, it's never
even gloomy when it rains.
There's every sore of pleasure to
fill a season's leisure, the scenery is
really something grand! The day
time hasn't in it a single empty min
ute, at night there's a concert by the
band; there's all that one could wish
for, to hunt $nd eke- to fish ior, the
girls are very pretty, and the men a
crowd of handsome devils from high
est Social levels, with a foreign count
among now and -then!
Youaayr "This spot, where is it?
We'd "gay thg. place a visit." It's jusf
a trifle difficult to name. Its absolute
location within our well-known na
tion depend upon what railroad
makes the claim. Sometimes they
take a notion to place it on the
ocean, they put it south and north
and east and west, and if you'dfinL
the traces of 'where this- .perfect
place is why, read the railroad "ad1
that sounds the best!
' One of Canada's statutory provis
ions for barring out Japs Is "deefaied
unsuited to the climate." But Cali
fornia never will fall back on any
thing like that.