By Thomas P. Walsh
Of the 1,400 chronologically-listed songs integrated within the advisor, so much could be new fabrics for students and scholars alike to check. Songs like “Ma Little Cebu Maid,” “My personal Manila Sue,” “My Fillipino Belle,” “Down at the Philippine Isles,” “Beside the Pasig River,” “My Philippino Pearl,” and “I need a Filipino guy” have been all released and greatly promoted via Tin Pan Alley and have been played on level and listened to at domestic on documents and piano rolls throughout the US. The lyrics frequently illustrate well known American attitudes, from shrilly patriotic numbers concerning the conflict of Manila Bay and, later, the autumn of Bataan and Corregidor to wistful, romantic, or even captivating memories of chuffed days spent in “old” Manila to racially charged items rife with deprecating stereotypes of Filipinos. This advisor reprints a couple of those hard-to-find tune lyrics, making them to be had to readers for the 1st time in over a century. as well as together with the lyrics to many of the songs, the consultant additionally offers copyright registration numbers and dates of registration for lots of of the broadcast and unpublished songs. additionally supplied are a few seven hundred “notes” on specific songs and over 750 hyperlinks that offer direct entry to bibliographic documents or maybe electronic copies of the sheet song in libraries and collections.
Exhaustive in its scope,Tin Pan Alley and the Philippines is a useful examine source for students and scholars of yankee heritage, Pacific stories, pop culture, and ethnomusicology.