The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

United States Music and Maps

i recently traded for an Irish banjo and here is a medley, which I quite like,
almost like being there (here, where i'm playing)
(for Jon Woodson)

i also found an original copy of the first geography of the
United States, from 1784, by Jedidiah Morse, father of Samuel
Morse, painter and inventor of the telegraph. the book is
missing the first ten pages, which were xeroxed in. i have no
idea of the history of this particular volume; it's strange and
utterly wonderful. it contains four _word maps_ - the only other
word map i've seen is from 1300s China, reproduced below as
well. (note the U.S. map is missing about a third on the right.)

and a final short quirky Irish banjo piece -


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