Musical Outreach by Michael Garber

Giving music to others to lift their spirits and make them feel better!—that’s music outreach.

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All by Myself


Title: All by Myself
Year: 1921
Lyrics: Irving Berlin
Music: Irving Berlin

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Let Me Call You Sweetheart

This love song—a waltz—occupies a special place in our culture. You can almost surely get any group of people singing with this song. Even if they don’t know it at the start, they soon catch on. One of my friends ranks it among a small number of songs that he says you can sing all day and not get tired of—maybe because the words and music fit so nicely together. And it is a traditional favorite with barbershop quartets.

It is a sweet and simple song of romantic entreaty, one that still is fondly viewed as a sentimental item suitable for Valentine’s Day, wedding receptions, and candlelit dinners.  I can vouch for this from personal experience …

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Some of These Days

You can dispute it, but it's worth some weight: Philip Furia and Michael Lasser call this "the first American popular song that clearly deserves to be called a 'standard'. ... a distinctively modern song." It was written in 1910 by African American songwriter Shelton Brooks and introduced by Jewish American singer Sophie Tucker, becoming her theme song for a career that lasted into the 1960s.
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