The plan - each month get a sampling from a different decade: January do 1900-1909, February do 1910-1919, and so on. These would just be inter-mixed with whatever I have on the iPod. So far, the choices have been:
Give My Regards to Broadway
I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
The Ragtime Dance
Pomp and Circumstance
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
You Made Me Love You
I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France
Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
So far, I've gotten these from iTunes. However, recently was made aware of (by my son-in-law, thanks Will!) archive.org. It's definitely worth a look if you've never been to that site. A lot of the things out there are in the Public Domain so that will allow me to download some of these instead of buying them via iTunes :) Anyway, below are a few songs from archive.org that I figured out to embed in a blog post...
The Entertainer, 1902
Take Me Out to the Ballgame, 1908
Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine, 1911
By the Light of the Silvery Moon, 1910
It was interesting doing the research for popular songs from 1910-1919, with World War I from 1914-1918. A lot of popular songs during that period were very specific to the war (Over There; I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier; Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France). It was just an interesting tidbit that I was not expecting. It has me curious now to what I'll notice in subsequent decades.
Off now for a long Saturday walk to listen to the "new" February songs...