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Is “The Great American Songbook” Overrated?


But it is overstated.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called “Great American Songbook” in recent years. These are songs from what are supposedly music’s golden years, written by composers and sung by singers long gone. 2,479 more words

"April in Paris" - by Vernon Duke and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg

Vernon Duke is not as familiar a name as his friend and mentor’s, George Gershwin. Vernon Duke was born Vladimir Dukelsky and studied to be a classical composer before he and his family fled during the Russian Revolution. 282 more words

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Born to Dance (1936) - Eleanor Powell, Cole Porter, and Jimmy Stewart sings and dances...sort of

My admittedly limited experience with Eleanor Powell musicals from MGM is that they are a mishmash of music, comedic routines, dancing numbers, general extravaganza and a dash of plot just to keep things interesting.  766 more words

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We had some guts and some luck

But we were just makin’ a buck

Movies were movies were movies when I ran the show’

Despite it’s credentials (Words and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Book by Michael Stewart) It’s been called the most underrated musical ever and according to Kenneth Bloom, New York based theatre historian, playwright, director, record producer, and author, … 1,218 more words

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Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli happy to be link in the musical chain

It says a great deal that John Pizzarelli needs to clarify something before answering the seemingly simple question of what Calgary audiences can expect from his Wednesday night Jack Singer Concert Hall Show. 816 more words


Why Are Songs About Spring So Sad?

Today is the first day of spring, a wonderful day of new life and new growth. So, I thought what could be better than to celebrate this day of new life and new growth than to find some songs about spring. 458 more words

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Bookminded Recommends: Harry Connick Jr.

The first time I was introduced to Harry Connick Jr., I was a teenager. My friend S. had cassette tapes of the albums 20 (1987), the… 503 more words