Songs in the Key of L.A.

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"Songs in the Key of L.A." is a multi-platform collaboration between the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Library, and USC professor Josh Kun that brings to life the Library's extraordinary Southern California Sheet Music Collection. Consisting of pieces from the 1840s through the 1950s, the Collection offers a singular portrait of Los Angeles history and culture rendered in music and visual art. The motto of the project? Archives should not just be preserved and maintained. Archives should come back to life.

The show features performances of "When the Girl You Love Lives in California" by Aloe Blacc, piano by Peter Dyer; "In the Valley of the San Joaquin" by I See Hawks in L.A; "Where the Mission Bells Are Chiming (Down Beside the Sea)" by Julia Holter, drums by Corey Fogel; "Chiapanecas" by La Santa Cecilia; and "Strolling 'Neath the California Moon" by The Petrojvic Blasting Company.

Watch this episode of "Artbound."