Turn Not Away

The short, beautiful lyrics in this post come to you courtesy of the incomparable American composer Stephen Foster. He became famous during his lifetime and many of his Civil War-era songs like My Old Kentucky Home and Oh! Susannah! are still played and sung today. Despite his great talent, Foster was not a prosperous man, as the world goes; he…

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Stephen Foster’s Last Gift

The American composer Stephen Foster wrote many beloved songs, and perhaps the most famous is Beautiful Dreamer. Foster wrote the song near the end of his life, after his wife left him and his health was failing. Beautiful Dreamer earned a fortune, but it had not yet been published when Foster died in January 1864. His pockets…

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