(78rpm record) Glenn
|Scribbled on a piece of Camp Curry stationery, dated 1915, is a note from one L.G. Nattkemper, which he had pinned to a copy of his poem "Toot Your Horn For Camp Curry". It reads "...a talented musician set this to music and it is to be sung tonight. It sure sounds catchy & dandy." The "talented musician" was Glenn Hood, who shows up on Curry concert programs as "Camp Curry's popular singer."|
| I'm still looking for the
original sheet music to Hood's "Toot Your Horn
For Camp Curry" (its object was to encourage
motoring in Yosemite, and I'd say the song was a huge
success)--my performance is from a photocopy from the
Yosemite Museum Collection.
Glenn Hood's own performance of an early version of "Home On The Range" appears at the end of "Vintage Songs." Here's a message from Glenn Hood, himself (from the 78 r.p.m. record, pictured above).
(1928) "The Fire Fall Song"
|Following his 1927 description of the firefall, noted music critic Redfern Mason declared, "...what would we not have given, if a fine trombone player had sung the great motive from 'The Flying Dutchman' or if a chorus of women's voices had sung 'Lift Thine Eyes' from the 'Elijah'." Three examples of what actually did accompany the firefall are presented on "Vintage Songs", the most enduring of which was "Indian Love Call", on this recording featuring a re-creation of the "firefall-calls" with my dad, Ray Bopp.|
| I've been told by various
eyewitnesses that such songs as "Pale Moon",
Tumbling Tumbleweeds, and "When
It's Twilight On The Trail" were also sung, at
times, for the firefall, and suspect that there were
probably many others before they settled on "Indian
From 1949 to 1968, Ginny and Glenn Willard (a.k.a. Ginny & Keith Bee) directed the entertainment for the Yosemite Park & Curry Co. Willard's "Valley Singers", which reached 120 members at its peak, was comprised of Standard Oil, Curry, and Park Service employees. An excerpt from an early 1950s performance ("Down In The Valley") precedes one of their war-horses, "Let The Fire Fall", a tune that, according to Willard, the composers hoped would become famous.
(1910) "Legends Of Yosemite..."
|"Lost Arrow Trail" and "Spirit of the Evil Wind" (one of five songs from "Legends Of Yosemite In Song And Story"), included on the album, are examples of a sizable body of music, poetry, and art, inspired by once popular stereotypes of Native Americans and applied to Yosemite.|
| The earliest known Yosemite
piece, "Yosemite Waltzes," came to my
attention after "Vintage Songs" was completed.
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(1872) "The Yosemite Waltzes"