This new CD of songs from the 1890s through World War I is a companion to the beloved series of books by Minnesota author Maud Hart Lovelace, who immortalized her youth in Mankato through her stories. The CD features vocalist Maud Hixson, pianist Rick Carlson, and a guest appearance by soprano Maria Jette.
The recording features 20 songs that were referred to in the Betsy-Tacy series, including early hits by Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, as well as The Cat Duet, which characters Betsy and Tacy performed at countless school recitals.
Maud Hixson is a singer of classic jazz and popular songs, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Rick Carlson is the pianist for the Wolverines Big Band, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Soprano Maria Jette is often heard with VocalEssence and is a regular performer on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
Song titles include: The Merry Widow Waltz, The Cat Duet, Dreaming, Everybody Works But Father, I’m Lonesome For You, In The Good Old Summertime, My Wild Irish Rose, I’m Afraid To Come Home In The Dark, In My Merry Oldsmobile, Same Old Story, Tonight Will Never Come Again, Moonlight Bay, Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Come Josephine In My Flying Machine, Oh, You Beautiful Doll, It’s A Long, Long Way To Tipperary, By The Beautiful Sea, You’re Here And I’m Here, and There’s A Long, Long Trail.