– Did you know there’s a Rochester Songbook? It was published in 1910 and has tunes called, “Do it for Rochester,” “Rochester Maid Means Quality,” “Sam Patch,” and the “New Genesee.”
Most of us – even lifelong residents – have never heard these songs.
The Rochester Oratorio Society is performing some songs from the book on June 7 at Hochstein. The concert called “Rochester Sings!” aims to commemorate a time when crowds would gather to sing these songs. The concert will also feature new music about our fair city.
The songbook, digitized by the Monroe County library system, is a true gem. The foreward reads:
Loyal love of home and city is a proper sentiment, and song gives it expression…
This song book is the outcome of a plan to assemble for Rochester a collection which will serve as a nucleus for a permanent body of city songs. We believe this to be the first considerable attempt of its kind for any American city.
The authors intended for the book to be expanded with new Rochester songs over the years. It doesn’t appear that happened. Perhaps the Rochester Oratorical Society can revive the tradition.
Put me down at Kodak Town. Put me down at Kodak Town.
I’m looking for the city fair, the one that wears the crown.
I’ve tramped the ground the whole world round. I’ve peeped in everywhere.
Put me down, down, down at Kodak Town and I will call it square.
– You can search a database for all of the state’s double-dippers. Those are people who retired from public jobs and collect pensions while working a new public job. Bob Duffy is on the list.
– An out-of-state couple was arrested for stealing change from an Eastview Mall fountain. Really.
– Louisiana is trying to privatize the school system. It’s giving vouchers to low-income students. The vouchers can be used at religious schools. There seems to little oversight and the state hasn’t calculated the costs. Meanwhile, public schools will see fewer dollars.
– This is a very moving followup to the 9-year-old girl who was famously photographed after a napalm attack in Vietnam forty years ago.
– Since when do weddings have multiple showers, engagement parties, destination bachelor and bachelorette parties and next-day brunches? Glad I’m not the only one thinking this is all too much.