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I wrote this a few years ago but just now got around to making a clean copy of the score.. though I'm sure there still plenty of errors in it. I apologize for the very poor sound quality of the MP3.

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Fredrick, very nice.Tell us the story behind this.

There were a few places where the chords caught me by suprise( in a odd sort of way). The few measures before F, for example.

But over all, yes, very American.

Bob, ive had the wonderful opportunity of driving across America several times. Florida to Oregon and NYC to San Fran.. and a few other long road trips where I didn't have a time constraint.  Chance to smell the roses as they say. Its quite a place. Its huge and vibrant, wealthy but modest, serious and at the same time very very funny. Filled with genuine original characters no author could conceive.  I am sure left to their own devices the people you meet are kind, friendly and honest to a fault. So maybe American Songs stems from those experinces. Maybe its me being pollyana and waving the flag a little.. but America IS one hellova place.

None of the tunes in American Songs actually exists. I made them up.. but to me at least they sound kind of American.. or American through the prism of Roy Harris and Bill Shuman.  

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