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lowing it (at the earnest solicitation of the trade) with another entitled, "Always in the Way," the sales of which, I think, will equal tin* enormous figures attained by "After the Hall " I then gave to the now expectant public "For Sale, A Baby," another enormous hit. The idea, for this song was suggested to me by a story in the daily papers, detailing t'he agony of an unfortunate woman who ottered her child for sale because .she was- unable to care for it So great has the demand become for my works that 50,000 copies were be­spoken for another child song, "Why Don't They Play With Me
ft is the composers who originate who win fame. Many song-writers think they can score by copying another idea that is on the market, either in title or music Occasionally .they come near it, but as a rule the public has no sympathy with imitators and the name of a well-known composer imitation is likely to act as a boomerang Originality always pays. The easiest way for a composer-of music or a lyric wi:iter to keep up to date is to watch the trend of events in the daily papers
Another—and very important—reason why popular songs are in greater demand to-day than heretofore lies in the fact that only a few years ago a person who was the proud owner of a piano was looked, upon as the possessor of wealth. In these days every workingman who has a family owns a piano, an organ, banjo, guitar or mandolin, and frequently several instruments may be found in a single family. Of course, this creates a demand for the lighter class of popular music.
Then again, the public schools all teach the rudiments of music, free scholarships in conservatories have been estab­lished, which induces a large number of young folks to com­pete. In fact, it is almost as much a part of a child's educa-
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