Singing California: Sheet Music in California History

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This collection highlights vintage sheet music covers, exploring the enchanting lyrics and melodies of songs that express love for the Golden State. From the Wild “wet” West to the orderly “dry” California, from a sunmaid waiting “In the Valley of San Joaquin” to a couple walking “On the Banks of the Old Merced,” these songs capture an often romantic and idyllic moment in California history and provide a glimpse of culture, fashion, politics, love, and sentiment.

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