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During Labor Day holiday weekend, I spent the bulk of my time at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival where I purchased this songbook for $2 from the used books tables.

First Day of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 1, 2017

Using MuseScore, I rendered the first song listed in that book, “Elsie From Chelsea.” As I was looking through that book, I saw that there were songs that I definitely recognized, such as “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” There was even one song printed in that book that I had already rendered in MuseScore, “Just A-Wearyin’ For You,” because I bought the sheet music for 25 cents at that vintage yard sale the previous summer.

So I decided that I would only use MuseScore for songs that seemed to be more obscure to me since most people know what “Give My Regards to Broadway” sounds like because there have been so many different recordings of that song. And anyone who has ever seen the Judy Garland film Meet Me in St. Louis would have heard the song of the same name.

I looked at the second song in that book, “Streets of Cairo (The Poor Little Country Maid)” and I didn’t recognize the title or the lyrics so I decided to copy the notes into MuseScore. When I heard the tune, I recognized it as a song my mother used to sing from time to time that went “All the girls in France wear tissue paper pants.” On top of it, I’ve heard the melody in numerous cartoons whenever there was a desert scene or a scene involving a belly dancer or a sexy exotic dancer. But the chorus to the “Streets of Cairo” song was unfamiliar to me because it suddenly changes to a slower tempo only to revert back to the familiar faster tempo when the next lyrics begin.

The Wikipedia has an interesting entry on that song and confirms that it has been known by other titles but “Streets of Cairo (The Poor Little Country Maid)” was the original title. Had I known that this song was something I actually recognized, I’m not sure I would have taken the time to render it in MuseScore. But I did and I even made a video where I threw up the original lyrics. Enjoy!

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Like I wrote last week, I had found this used music book, which I only purchased for $2, on the first night of the annual Greenbelt Labor Day Festival.

First Day of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 1, 2017

This purchase gave me an opportunity to try rendering more songs through the open source sheet music program MuseScore. The last time I did something like this was last summer when I purchased some old sheet music for only 25 cents at a vintage yard sale.

So far I rendered one song from this songbook called “Elsie From Chelsea,” which was written and published in the 1890s by Harry Dacre. Once I finished with the input into MuseScore, I exported an audio file which I then imported into iMovie and made this video. I put lyrics on the screen so you can get an idea as to what the song is about. The graphics in this video are the same graphics that accompanied the song in the book.

Well, anyway, enjoy!

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