Cecelia Otto | An American Songline: A Musical Journey Along the Lincoln Highway

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An American Songline: A Musical Journey Along the Lincoln Highway

by Cecelia Otto

A commemorative journey in song through America's musical history along America's first cross-country road, the Lincoln Highway.
Genre: Easy Listening: Vaudeville
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's a Long Way to California
3:48 $0.99
2. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
2:01 $1.29
3. Second Hand Rose
3:16 $1.29
4. Beautiful Ohio
2:29 $0.99
5. (Preparing for The) Lincoln Way
5:39 $0.99
6. Along the Way
6:34 $0.99
7. Goin' Home
5:03 $0.99
8. In My Merry Oldsmobile
3:10 $0.99
9. Let Me Stray
3:01 $0.99
10. I Always Wear My Amber Shades (Even On a Cloudy Day)
3:38 $0.99
11. Out Where the West Begins
1:48 $0.99
12. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
3:12 $0.99
13. Land of Lincoln
5:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the 1880s to the 1930s, when most towns had a theater and live music was a staple of weekly entertainment, people across America gathered to enjoy the sounds of vaudeville: popular favorites, operetta and folk songs that reflect the hopes and dreams of a simpler time. In An American Songline: A Musical Journey Along the Lincoln Highway, vocalist and composer Cecelia “Cece” Otto reaches back to the heyday of vaudeville to recreate the music that entertained Americans from coast to coast, singing songs of love and longing that have lost none of their power to enchant listeners of all ages.

In 2013, she underwent a history-making journey along the Lincoln Highway, America's first coast-to-coast highway, giving concerts of vintage American songs in every state along the route. An American Songline features many of the songs Cece performed at these concerts, including timeless favorites such as “Second Hand Rose,” “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life,” “I'm Always Chasing Rainbows” and “Goin' Home.” In addition, composer Nolan Stolz (The Lincoln Highway Suite) composed two works especially for this project, which appear exclusively on this album. Lastly, Cece wrote several new songs inspired directly by her travels, including the elegiac and inspirational “Land of Lincoln.”

The Lincoln Highway celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, and Cece marked this milestone by journeying more than 5,000 miles along the road, starting at the highway's eastern terminus in Times Square and ending in Lincoln Park, San Francisco. Over the course of nearly six months on the road, she performed more than 30 shows in venues ranging from a nineteenth-century opera house to the grounds of a historic farm. An American Songline is an audio souvenir of this journey, reflecting the songs audiences loved along with insights — and humor — picked up from traveling far from the interstates most Americans rely on to cross the country.

“From the beginning, American Songline was going to be an album, as well as a series of concerts,” says Cece. “I wanted to leave a record of my journey for people who weren't able to see a concert. I truly believe that history lives in our music, not just our history books, and I hope anyone interested in this era gives this album a try and enjoys it.”



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