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made to look like new, are worked in and adapted to the speeial occasion or circumstances that are for the moment engrossing public attention Thus, for instance, the outbreak of war is always followed by the publication of every conceivable kind of "war song/' of which "Just Break the News to Mother" was a recent and notable example.
The late war between Russia- and Japan aroused interest in Japanese songs, not necessarily treating on war themes, but Japanese in subject and atmosphere. When the great battleship, "The Maine," was destroyed, two songs, written around this tragedy, namely, "'Tis not Always Bullets That Kill" and "Just tell Her That I lx>ved Her Too," achieved great success. The St Louis Fair gave birth to numberless songs having reference to "The Pike*'; and new fashions and customs, as well as a thousand other incidents and causes, could be raeutioned as haviug.beien responsible for certain styles in songs
Songs, however, are usually classified by Hie writers, publishers, and trade, under the following principal heads:
a.—The Home, or Mother Song.
b.—The Descriptive, or-Sensational Story Ballad.
c.—The popular Waltz Song. (On a thousand and one Subjects.) d.—The Coon Song. (Rough, Comic, Refined,-Love or Serenade, etc.)
e.—The March Song. (Patriotic, War, Girl, Character, etc.)
f.—The Comic Song: (Topical, Character, Dialect, etc.)
g.—The Production Song (for Interpolation in big Musical Productions, entailing the use of a Chorus of Men, or Girls, or both, and certain novel action, costume, or business.)