The last few times I have posted Song-Poems, either here or to my own blog, I've received comments or e-mails from people requesting that I post more, or asking where to find more on-line song-poems, now that the American Song-Poem Music Archives site is no longer being updated (and now that it's MP3's are no longer available).
As a result, I've decided to start my own project, "Song-Poem of the Week", at my own blog. This began on New Year's Day, and I hope to continue it indefinitely. Primarily, I intend to use tracks from the many song-poem albums, 45's and 78's I personally own, but will probably move into those which I've received as files or tapes from other collectors, and perhaps those which used to be at the AS/PMA site. Feel free to make requests, either here or at my blog.
As a preview, here's a handful of song-poems I like a lot:
First up, a song which I did submit to the former MP3 page of AS/PMA, and an all time favorite of mine, a rave-up of a tune which, unlike most song-poems, deserved to be a hit:
Oddly enough, I've recently found another version of the above song, by a female singer, on another label, in a sedate, "adult contemporary" setting - a version which appears to predate this one! I'll get to that one at my site, one of these weeks.
Next, two songs by the sadly under-appreciated Cara Stewart, including one which would have been ideal a few days ago:
Finally, two songs sung by the ubiquitous (and frequently incognito) Sammy Marshall. "You Insulted Me", in particular, features some fairly tortured turns of phrase: