Why a Beautiful Tune Surprised Me - George & Ira Gershwin
I'm not what I might call music-crazed. I enjoy some of a number of varieties.
Mostly I just enjoy beautiful music, whether it be classical, operatic, or show tunes.
Two of my favorite composers of the lattermost variety are George & Ira Gershwin. Probably mostly Ira! He was the lyricist.
Well there was one song of their's that I enjoyed a little that also (strangely) annoyed me a little. It was "Someone to Watch Over Me."
Why did it rankle my persona? Because I first heard it sung by a woman. And although a man likes to think his wife wants him to turn his loving and protective care toward her, at the same time it struck me (wrongly) as suggesting women were weak.
But (and here's the point) That's not what the song was about... It was more about a man's wife helping him in his creative energy and bold ways to avoid falling into pitfalls along life's way. To keep him from going "south of the border", if you will. Here is the story, narrated then played and sung by a well-known man who appeared before the U.S. President, O'Bama.
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