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Page Quality:, the musical "Tent" of, consists of free versions of public domain songs.

My aim is to do the best versions of the most famous songs of all time. — Dr Tom


Although speakers were regarded as its "backbone", half of a traditional chautauqua was musical performance. For us to fill the e-chautauqua shoes we needed to lay down sufficient musical material to be worth a visit. radio-tom fills that role in the e-chautauqua and now has enough material to be termed an internet radio resource. For some of the songs ours is the only version readily-available.

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Although the songs were carefully researched and confirmed to be from the international public domain the arrangements and performances had to be specified as Creative Commons.


Creative Commons is well-known in education circles. Students are taught from an early age to respect copyright.

Tom and Margaret have been quite active in Sydney karaoke. Some of the e-chautauqua links are to our site. Many karaoke enthusiasts think mistakenly that they can put their performances up on the web, only to get a rude shock letter from a copyright holder or authority. Our use of public domain songs demonstrates an alternate route. Sure, the songs are 100 years old but to a real karaoke enthusiast that's part of the challenge and fun - to breathe new life into an old dead tune.