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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.

Someone to Watch Over Me, by Michael Feinstein


Image Credit » PD Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9809/gershwin.html

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Comments

MegL wrote on January 22, 2018, 10:00 AM

Lovely song. It's always interesting to hear the story behind something.

VinceSummers wrote on January 22, 2018, 10:05 AM

Plus the song must be sung in just the right way by just the right person. Now Michael Feinstein doesn't have the voice I'd like him to have. Yet he does a fine job in all other respects... particularly in expressing appropriate feeling.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 22, 2018, 2:18 PM

Your appreciation for a song with real feeling and expression lets me know you are a true music lover. I on the other hand am a music-crazed one.

VinceSummers wrote on January 22, 2018, 2:58 PM

Haha! Music and mathematics are languages all can understand without needing translation...