Tulip Mania Music Project
Attention Local 518 Musicians!
Take your place in Albany history by joining in the Tulip Mania Music Project! The City of Albany, the Albany Public Library and Exit 97.7 have teamed up to challenge YOU to carry on the legacy of Albany’s famous Tulip Festival by putting your own spin on the long-lost, 62-year-old “official Tulip Festival song”, “When Tulips Bloom Again.” Recently uncovered by local history buff Julie O’Connor as sheet music published in 1957, “When Tulips Bloom Again” was written by Albany songwriters Jean B. Stephens and Betty Bonpane Crummey in the early 1950s and performed by various singers throughout the early years of the Tulip Festival. 14-year-old dancer and song stylist Christina Teré popularized the song in 1957, when the sheet music was first made available to the public. Articles from the day report Ms. Teré, in the custom-made, one-of-a-kind tulip gown featured on the cover of the sheet music, “weaving an enchanting musical spell” with the “haunting Tulip Song” at her highly anticipated performance at the annual Tulip Festival Luncheon.
Once an important part of Albany’s annual spring tradition, “When Tulips Bloom Again” has gone unheard for decades… until now! We look to you, the creative heart of the Capital Region, to revive this “haunting Tulip Song” in your own style, film yourself performing it, and submit it to us as a Youtube video. Singer-songwriter? Instrumental jazz duo? Beat programmer? Punk band? Whatever your sound, we’d love to hear your interpretation of “When Tulips Bloom Again.” Think of it as a musical archeology project, and a chance to unearth a lost part of Albany’s musical past while showcasing the creativity of its musical present!
Want to go one better? We are also looking for new, original song entries inspired by the Tulip Festival and history of the City of Albany. Who knows – maybe you’ll craft the next official Tulip Festival song! APL’s Local History Room has a rich archive of articles, photos and information to get your creative juices flowing.
The Tulip Mania music project is strictly for fun and historical value; no entries may be used commercially, and there’s no cash or prize award. Submissions will be posted on the Albany Events, Albany Public Library and Exit 97.7 social media pages for all to see. A select number of artists will be chosen to perform their interpretations at the Tulip Mania event at APL on Wednesday, May 6 – an official Tulip Festival week event that will be promoted heavily along with the rest of the annual proceedings.