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Sheet Music of the Week: Dog Days Edition

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"Sunbeam," by Morris S. Silver and Tom Confare. Chicago: Will Rossiter, 1908.

In the Muse hopes our readers in the Northern Hemisphere are having an enjoyable summer. Things have been hot in Washington, and Morris S. Silver and Tom Confare’s  “Sunbeam,” from the Historic Sheet Music, 1800-1922 collection in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia, may provide cool solace in the form of  song. This illustration of a demonic sun  — undoubtedly a forefather to the squealing, horrific baby sun that beamed over the Teletubby landscape —  seems an accurate meteorological depiction of our recent 100-degree scorchers.  Stay cool and hydrated, and take comfort that Autumn will return.

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