How To Write A Popular Song - online manual

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Charles K. Harris was born at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., on May 1st, 1860. Mr. Harris has been composing songs ever since he was twelve years of age. As a boy he could play al­most any instrument and he used to compose songs for spe­cial occasions and accompany hiinsclf on the banjo. Gradual­ly Mr. Harris drifted into professional song-writing and would compose songs to order for $10.00 and $20.00 a piece, for all sorts of professional people, from the highest to the lowest. Nowadays, Mr, Harris is able to sell his songs and almost estimate their sale even before they are written be­cause his name has Income so closely identified with songs of a homelike and simple story character that the public buy a piece of music, with Charles K. Harris as author, often for no other reason than that of the authors name. Mr. Harris is now the head of his great publishing firm and has no parthers, being the only composer-publisher in the world who con­trols his business without the aid of parthers. His record is one of long and continued success and should constitute a distinct source of encouragement to every aspiring amateur song-writer. Hut, to give a better idea of his remarkable success, we will quote Mr. Harris' own words:
"As I am a writer of popular songs, perhaps my carter in this field will prove better than any argument I might make that my contention is correct when I state unreservedly that popular song hits are on the increase instead of waning in public appreciation and support. My first two songs which
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