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Thread #50180   Message #760819
Posted By: Genie
06-Aug-02 - 03:07 PM
Thread Name: Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs
Subject: RE: Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs
Murray, perhaps what Ms. Boni meant by including some songs as "American Folksongs" was that they had become popular among folks in the US as folk songs -- i.e., they had been adopted and embraced by "Americans." If she did not acknowledge the national or ethnic origin of the songs within the book, I would say that's a much stronger case for criticism. (Remember that the tunes for "America" and our own national anthem are both English tunes and that Canadian Guy Lombardo is pretty much responsible for the "American" tradition of singing "Auld Lang Syne" every New Year's Eve.)