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This is a well-known song by American songwriter Stephen Foster (1826-1864). He wrote it in 1847. He died penniless. (Guess he never got the song onto the iTunes Music Store.)

The picture is striking. It is amazing to me that you can look at a photograph of someone who's been dead for 142 years, and when you look into his eyes, you can still catch a glimpse of his artistic soul.

I like this song a lot. One reason is that I use it all the time at school, as a track for square dancing. Most of my elementary kids love to square dance, and they don't seem to mind that it involves holding hands with a parter of the opposite gender. Square dancing is a wonderful tool for teaching respect for others, and just for general social skills.

So this tune is in my head a lot, and I finally decided I should record it. (The fact that it's public domain is a pretty good feature, too!)
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Lyrics
Come on, you know the words!

"Well, I've come from Alabama with a Bosendorfer on my knee . . ."
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Uploaded: Feb 05, 2006 - 08:45:39 PM
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2006 - 06:33:50 PM Last Played: Jul 22, 2017 - 11:43:11 AM
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Hardware:
2004 eMac, Yamaha P-120, MidiSport 2x2
Software:
GB2, Synthogy Ivory "Jazz Bosendorfer" setting Drum loops are from Sonic Boom Box, as are the occasional brush hits. String bass also is a virtual instrument from Sonic Boom Box, called "Jazz Double Bass Soft."
Comments
thetiler said 4244 days ago (February 5th, 2006)
This really is precious
John, terrific such jazzy class.


Thanks much for posting the tune, but that picture is very, very special
indeed. What a folk classic!

Thanks for sharing this piece!
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kristyjo said 4243 days ago (February 5th, 2006)
A classic
that, believe it or not, I'm doing with my fourth graders this week. We do
an 'internet mystery' where I get them to find out about Foster by giving
them some predetermined links and colored expo markers and teams that
can win prizes. OOOHHHH BOY! Then we sing songs like 'Glendy Burke'
and Oh Susannah. I'd like to download this & share it with the students as
another variant of the classic they all love. Oh- by the way, lovely piano
sounds and great playing as usual. The photo is neat.
Don't hurt your back hauling that Bosendorfer around!
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said 4243 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
:D
I've always liked this song and your interpretation is winning.
I wish there were a real drummer and bass player (knowing that the
interaction among musicians in a small combo usually inspires more
playfulness/give and take), but this will do.
Thanks for sharing this, John.
RickW said 4243 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
Wonderful
John, you really know how to play those ivories. A wonderful treatment of
a fantastic classic.

God bless,

Rick

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caroline said 4243 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
yummy!!
another great dance number for me and the bear!! download!! sorted (as eppy would say)! and .... thank you john xoxox
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Tom Atwood said 4243 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
Excellent
Very nice work, John. Has a Vince Guaraldi ring to it, especially at the
end.


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drakonis said 4243 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
Is that a Bosendorfer on your knee?
This is wonderful, but I find myself saying that about most of your
songs... wonderfully played, and the backing instruments are tasteful and
don't detract (the drums do seem slightly loud in the mix though). Nice
ending. Another day, another DL'er! :-) Thank you for the biographical
information too, I always find background information intriguing.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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said 4243 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
Such a delightful rendition...
and jazz adaptation of Foster's song. I love a good piano
jazz tune and this one is not only fun but so expressive.
Thanks for sharing this.

Jack
Scorpjammer said 4243 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
Instant Stebbe Classic
I see your working on your 2nd CD:)

Wonderful arrangement, John. I love the intro and ending, especially. Nice touch.

Your new keyboard set up sounds terrific. Very warm and natural sound.

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Mystified said 4242 days ago (February 7th, 2006)
Fabulous!
Adaptation
Playing
Instrumentation

Everything! :)

Thanks for posting this here.

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Joanna said 4242 days ago (February 7th, 2006)
Sweet
This is a wonderful rendition of the American classic. I think you need
to insure those magic fingers of yours for a coupla million bucks.
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ChrisSly said 4241 days ago (February 7th, 2006)
Oh, Mr. Stebbe
Always a pleasure to hear your playing. God, how I covet that Ivory program! You can almost believe it's a real piano. Such a tasty treatment. Such great chords, and easy playing. I dig it!
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selters said 4238 days ago (February 11th, 2006)
Always loved this!
I have always loved this song, and this version sounds very original to me. The only thing that detracts me a little is that is has always been the vocals that i have found exceptional on this song, so hearing an instrumental is a bit dissapointing. That said, its very skillful and joyful. But i think that some of the melancholy from the piece dissapears in this version....And the melancholy quality is what i have always liked! Still very good work!
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ssstripper said 4238 days ago (February 11th, 2006)
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How do you comment on something sooooooo freakin' cool!!!!!!!

What an arrangement, what a feel, my girlfriend and I are just swinging to it! That is hip daddy-o.
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ssstripper said 4238 days ago (February 11th, 2006)
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How do you comment on something sooooooo freakin' cool!!!!!!!

What an arrangement, what a feel, my girlfriend and I are just swinging to it! That is hip daddy-o.
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zenjo said 4193 days ago (March 28th, 2006)
Oh Susannah
Great job John. Sounds smooth, effortless. Great bass and drum tracks as
well- sounds 'live'. A great interpretation of a tune seldom done in jazz .
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John Stebbe said 4190 days ago (March 31st, 2006)
Oh Susannah
Thanks for your kind words, everyone.


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paul f. page said 3952 days ago (November 24th, 2006)
Great Job
Another wonderful listen, John. You are such a talent with your writing and your playing. ... The little CODA just put this number into another wonderful sphere. Love it, love it, love it. (Now I have two songs from MacJams on my iPod --- both yours!)
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