Fred E. Weatherly, K.C., 1843-1929: From Glen to Glen

Keep writing long enough and something’s bound to stick. (Well, not really, but that’s what keeps a lot of would-be writers going.)

Fred Weatherly, a classicist by training, a barrister by profession, a poet and lyricist by avocation,  wrote literally thousands of songs in his time and although  chances are good that you’ve never heard of any of them (with one exception), your great-grandparents generation knew them well.  Back in the day of parlor pianos,  popular music was a home-made commodity, and best sellers were in the sheet music.  (Anyone could get into the act.  My own great-great-grandfather added at least one forgotten classic to the pile.) Continue reading