While you’re waiting for election results to come in, listen to this! Our database Music Online includes several campaign-themed albums. Election Songs of the United States includes the hit from c. 1800, “Fair and Free Elections.” Winners & Losers: Campaign Songs from the Critical Elections in American History (Vol. 1 & 2) has hits like “Get on the Raft with Taft,” “Row, Row, Row with Roosevelt,” and “Marseillaise for Tilden.” If you still can’t get enough, there’s Presidential Campaign Songs, 1796-1996.
And if you want still more patriotic music, the “Patriotic Melodies” collection from the Library of Congress will provide you with not just sheet music, but sound clips, history, bibliographies, and web links for popular tunes such as Yankee Doodle Boy, the Star Spangled Banner, and Fanfare for the Common Man.
Music Online is one of our two music Databases of the Month for November:
(Home access for these databases is available only to Newton residents with a Newton library card number beginning 21323.)