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THE "GREAT AMERICAN DESERT
DEFINED IN TIN PAN ALLEY
Jzzz Shops Decree That Northern
'&nd Western States Lack
Kansas City Star.
If you are a song- writer, there
isn't much of the map of the United
States that is going to interest you.
It- cfcn't, in the scheme of things, for
apparently there is a little circle of j
euphoniously named southern states;
that is getting about everything in
tiie line of geographical words and
Referring to the map, we start at
Tennessee and draw lines radiating j
tfierefrom into Kentucky, Alabama, j
Georgia and Virginia, and even as far
as Marylad and Louisiana. That willj
be about all for the composer, if he j
wahts to make a living writing songs j
in which the states figure.
If you take a song into an'' j
shop in "Tin Pan Alley" and the .
cyftical individual in charge taKv* j
your script and sees a mention of!
some such state as Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island or Nebraska, he hands
the thing right back and you start I
for the next shop, only to have the ;
tiling happen again. After you have |
gone up and down "Tin Pan Alley'' i
uhtil you know just how far out of!
tune each piano in that resonant i
thoroughfare happens to be, you
to the demands of convention
' iiid go back home and substitute the
nam? of a "regular" sons: state foi
' the outlaw state you have chosen.
"DcnJt Have the Song Goods"
Ncfoody can tell why songs are so
limited geographically. In "Tin Pan
Altey" you get dubious head-sh.:kings
when the matter is mentioned.
"The other states simply don't
teem to have the song goods, that's
ail," said one of the experts at what
seemed to be the busiest of the alleys
factories. "If you write a song about
the beautiful Hudson, you're through
bfcfore you start, Sut if voj make it
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about some river dow\ Soath, you've
got if sold. Southern nemes seem to
lend themselves more to jazz treat.
ment, too. Take 'On the Gin-Gin-Ginny
shore.' You c&n't say on the
'Hud-Hud-Hudson shore.' A singer'd ;
make it sound like 'Dad' instead of
'Hud' and the song surely'd be a dud.
lots of people have tried to put the
East over in song, but few have succeeded
when you compare their work
with the songs about the South. Why,;
they even capitalize their bum luckdown
there, as somebody's put over a J
$ong about the 'Boll-weevil Blues.'
C<in you beat that?" ;
Obviously, nobody could. One;
cquld not imagine an eastern song ;
"Writer popularizing an orchardistV
jazz melody entitled "The San Jose
Scale Blues" nor a middle western
songster having any chance with a
song about the Kansas wheat rust. As
the man in the music shop said, the
South can get away with murder
when it comes to music?and sometimes
But a study of the map reveals :
that not all the southland is to be in-1
clbded in the state song 100 per cent
class. Virginia is a top-notcher, of J
course, but who sings of West Vir- j
ginia? And neither North Carolina
nor South Carolina figures with any j
exacuiuue. nine ciic -vi^about
Carolina, but no one knows j
whether the northern or southern j
state is meant, and apparently no-!
b<*dy cares. Florida got of? with a j
big start in early v*ars when Stephen
Foster picked the Suwanee River to
sing about, but it has limped sadly in
recent song writing. j
Such states have been handicapped
op account of bad naming, apparently.
They have the same moon and j
plenty of flowers and the breezes are
caressing, and all that, but the legis
lalures should change tne state
names to something voted by "Tin
Pan Alley" on euphonic grounds. j
Reno Kills Nevada's Chances
New England and the middle Atlantic
states apparently are hopeless.
Too mnay people live there and
know all about them. You can't be-;
guile a New Yorker with any song
about beautiful climate. His song,
hits must have to do with the lighting*
effects of Broadway?not of the
pale moon that floats over the Catskills
or Adirondacks. He has put his
approval on songs about Coney Island,
but not Long Island. That's
another song "dud."
The middle western tier of states
ought to be in the song catalogue, but
it isn't to any alarming extent. There :
is opportunity for a good heart interest
song about a young capitalist
in North Dakota, who falls in love
with a daughter of a Nonpartisan
League leader, only to have the girl
jthrow him over because he is not of
j her political faith. Such a story
j could be worked over from the song;
I into a novel and then resold as a moj'tion
picture. The material for a triple
success seems to be there?but
'"Tin Pan Alley" can't see it. As for
Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma, their
possibilities are mild. Oklahoma of;
fers some chances to anybody who
(can work in a tom-tom effect and a !
j'few jazz war whoops, because most
I people in the East still think of Ok-j
' lahoma as in an uncivilized stage, in-j
stead of bulging with oil millionaires.;
Texas, Arizona and New Mexico mayj
be good for a limited number of^
songs about the wild, free life of.
the cowgirls, even though there may
be very few cowgirls left, but such
songs dcn't seem to hit it off any,
more.' Songs with ''nestle" or 'cud-;
die" have the call over songs that
deal with wild and tempestuous life
on the broad prairie.
Of course Reno has absolutely put
Xevado out of the running for state
jongs with any sentiment in them.
There i plenty to get sentimental
about in Nevada?lots of fine scenery?but
the thought of Reno would
bring a snicker that would spoil everything.
Consequently the writer of
geographical pongs just does a hop
skip-jump across the state that Mark
Baying the Mcon
Amor? the coast si ites California,
through the grace of Puccini and the
industry of its music, writing native
sons and daughter:, is the only one
that has figured in son^ to any extent.
But even those songs have been
siihg mostly L,y Californians. They
haven't had the universal appeal.
Of cour.e, some states hive proved
exceptions. When Paul Dresser?
whose real name was Dreiser?wrote
"On the Banks of the Wabash" it is
mtfre than likely that nine out often
of the people who sang that affecting
baHad never connecte;l it with
Indiana. The Wab sh mie-ht have
beert located anyyhere between 'the
Canadian line and the gulf.- It happened
to be a good name fey 'a tilne
that went well to the accompanying
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It is essentially the sam<
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Its graceful linesare enhanc
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| jftigle of beer glasses and the swish
of the bartender's towel.
If you don't think the South is
running strong: in the sons market,
with no bear movemet in sight, just
consider the following titles, picked
1 at random from a phonograph cor
jpanv's catalogue of recent records:
| "Alabama Moon/' "Underneath
; the Southern Skies," Mississippi
Moonlight," "Kentucky," I've uot. tne
Blues for My Oki Kentucky Home,"
"I Love the Land of Old Black Joe."
' It'* Melon Time in Dixie Land,"
"Louisiana Waltz," "Sippi Shore,"
'"You Can't Go Wrong With a Girl
From Dixieland." My Dixie Rosary,"
"Dixieland is Happyland," 'jOn Miami
Shore," "Throw Out That Mason
and Dixon Line," "Carolina Lullaby,"
"Where the Lazy Mississippi Flows."
In the catalogue from which these
titles were taken, Wyoming is mentioned
once and Michigan once. Otherwise
not a state figures outside of
the trust boundaries which have been
Write for Instant Reward
All of which, of course, is absolute- !
]y not fair. There are plenty of oth- I
er localities that offer song possibili- i
fie- in nlentv. but somebody has to j
i:poil things with satire or mere dog- j
gerel. Take Missouri, for .instance. |
"Joe Bovers'' was a good enough ;
start in its day. But nobody kept
up the good work. Missouri just went
along without any notable song until
finally romeone sprung that one
about "You Gotta Quit Kickin' My j
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Dawg Aroun.' " Arkansas might j
have been bringing sobs to the human i
breast if it had not been for "The !
Arkansas Traveler." Colorado is a j
p!retty enough name to apnea! to any J
song writer but the state never has j
been honored with a real song. To j
be sure there was one a few years'
ago entitled "Whre the Silvry Colo-.|
rado Wends Its Way," but there
wasn't any Colorado river-, in Colo-;
rado until a few months agowhen,-:
by legislative enactment, the Grand
River" was given that name. Massaehuzetts
should have figured long;
ago. There aren't any merer s's inthat
name than in Mississippi, so ob
.. . ?.l
ir depends upon The LlGHT-SlX !
:s performance, a minimum of r<
nfort and price. low fuel consun
. i , economy.
, And you must
>ne ii you are to \\/e never heard
as a whole. not; comfortable
rrom this angle. . , , : *
And the price, S>
; Qar as it was of proportion t
right before it includes the thie
tade good in the which reduces t
tKou- tc ^
:> ration v\>| \ an<^ ?
e near YVvltfj \ other
j lights standi
>t only ; "u for 70
re I1CC- Thief-proof transmission Ii>c!c qualit;
reduces rate of insurance to 1
action. LIGHT-SIXowne:s 15to20% them ;
3-Faszenger Roadster, $1045; Coupe-?\
Sedan, $1750. All prices f. o. b. factory,
jections on tho ground of sibilan
can not be considered as legitimate
j Apparently the trouble is that t'
song writers who weave in and o
of "Tin Pan Alley7 must write wi
instant rewards in view. They car
afford to take a chance on somethir
which will have to battle its way '
public favor against long-e?tablishh(
opinion and prejudice. So they wri
about the states in the magic circ
entering about Tennessee and reaci
ing to Louisiana on the south and >3
ryland on the east. It's simply
game of playing safe.
g,ifi 1 , ehp W B krk shrdlucm\
News of Little Mountain
Little Mountain, M^y 10.?T?
Luther League of Holy Trinit
church held its regular monthly mee
ing last Sunday evening. Prof. ]
K. Harmon led the devotional exe
cires. The topic of the meeting w:
Friendship. During the businei
meeting a motion was carried th*
the league donate a students chair t
the class room of Dr. W. K. Gotwal
of Xewoerry college. A committe
of four were appointel to canvass th
members for amount \ needed fc
Mrs. Grover Page and little soi
iGrover, Jr.. of New Albany, Ind., ar
here on an extended visit to Mr:
Pace's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. j>
Mrs. J. E. Hipp of Columbia hs
beer visiting her parents, Mr. an
Mr>. J. C. Wessinger.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hartley of Le?
ington spent Sunday with Mrs. Har'
ley's parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. I
Mrs. R. T. Betsell and two littl
sons, George and William of Enore
spent several days last week wit
Mr. Betsell's parent, Mr. and Mr:
J. N. <Feagle. ?
Mrs. J. B. Lathan* of ColunVb-i
spent, the week-end with Mr. and Mr:
J. H. Wise.
Mis? Lucile Lno.? of'.Columbia wa
at home for the week*ohd.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A; Counts motoi
ed to Leesville and' Lexington o
on day. ' '?*r
i.; ' .. a.
~r * m
stands up in service with
spair expense. This, with (
lption, means satisfactory
^ * of
a LIGHT-SIX that was
to ride in.
1045 f. o. b. factory, is out
o its value. This price
sf-proof transmission lock
he rate of theft insurance
e owner 15 to 20 per
large plate glass window
j-piecerear curtain, inside
utside door handles and
you get the priceless in;nt?prestige
ng of the makei?who
years has been building
y vehicles and selling
at fair prices.
rry, S. C.
ts | W. H. Derrick, Carlton Wise, Mar
. ! ion Counts and Dr. Claude Sease athe
| tended the ball game in Newberry or
ut! Monday afternoon.
th j Mrs. H. J. Shealy of Laurens
i't! spent the day with Mrs. Martha Sheaig
to Mrs. R. P. Huffman visited in Co>d
lumbia Sunday and Monday,
te j Messrs. I. V. Matthews, Raymond
le J Shealy, Misses Zula Stockman, Mattie
h- Boland and Louise Shealy visited in
[a Parr Shoals Sunday afternoon,
a Prof. P. K. Harmon attended the
chautauqua in Newberry Monday
Mr. anr Mrs. A. C. Wheeler and
family of Newberry visited relatives
ie here Sunday.
:y Rev. J. J. Long was a business vist
itor to Newberry Tuesday.
P. Claude Younginer of Columbia visr
ited friends here Sunday.
is Mr. Jnm Hiller of Chapin was in
?s town Tuesday.
it Mr. E. L. Sease who is a patient at
;o the Columtya hospital is gradually
e Miss Evelyn Wise attended the Jue
nior-Senior banquet of Clemson col>r
i^ge la-;t Friday night.
Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Miller announce
i, the engagement and approaching
e marriage of their daughter, Gladys,
s. to John D. Murray of Greenville.
Heavy Fog . '
LS Lord Northeliffe, whose recent voy&
age to America was delayed by fog,
I told a fog story at a dinner in New
c" j York. "Of course," he began, "you've
heard the fog story about the fog
which was so thick that the boys sat
on the fences and heaved fog balls
e at the pa?sers-by? I gave a prize of
e a guinea for that story when I start^
?d Answers, .my penny weekly, in my
youth. But another fog story that
won an Answers prize of three guia
ne&s was about, a London merchant
5* wlyo received one foggy morning' a
telephone message from his clerk.
lS "I'm sorry sir," the clerk said, "but
I can't come down to the office this
r" morning on account of the fog. I
n have not yet arrived hone yesterday."
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