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Play A Simple Melody (Like MY MOTHER Sang To Me) (Mother's Day)

Music & words by Irving Berlin(1888-1989) from "Watch Your Step," 1914. One of the earliest of Berlin's trademark counterpoint songs, 2 melodies sung separately, then simultaneously as a duet.

Presidents Speak Of Mothers (Mother's Day)

"Memories," music by Egbert Van Alstyne(1882-1951), lyrics (not included here) by Gustavus(Gus)Kahn(1886-1941), 1915. (See Holidays/Valentine's Day and Occasions/Apologies-Partings). The first of what would be dozens of standards by lyricist Gus Kahn for Tin Pan Alley, on Broadway and in Hollywood. Van Alstyne also wrote "In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree" and "Pretty Baby" (see Occasions/Baby and Holidays/Valentine's Day).

She's Me Pal (Mother's Day)

Sub-titled on the original sheet music as "East Side Love Song. Lyric by Vincent Bryan, Music by Gus Edwards, 1905, early Tin Pan Alley favorite. Edwards, vaudevillian & impresario of a famed children's stage troupe, also penned "School Days," "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon," and "In My Merry Oldsmobile."

Smiles (Mother's Day)

Music by Lee S. Roberts, lyrics by J. Will Callahan, 1917.

Songs My Mother Taught Me (Dvorak) (Mother's Day)

Perennially popular art song for piano & voice by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). English lyrics by German alto/pianist/translator Natalia Macfarren(1827-1916).

To A Wild Rose (MacDowell) (Mother's Day)

A selection from the piano solo collection "Woodland Sketches"(1896) by American composer Edward MacDowell (1860-1908).