Limelight One of the most distinguished lyric writers of his time, Ira Gershwin wrote for his brother George as well as Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen and others Limelight presents a selection of stage and screen lyrics written for sundry situations and now arranged in arbitrary categories, to which have been added many informative annotations and disquistions on their why and wherefore, their whom for, their how, and matters associative Gershwin s comments, witty and irreverent, and his anecdotes about the making of many favorites, are invariably interesting and frequently surprising Chicago Tribune...
|Title||:||Lyrics on Several Occasions (Limelight)|
|Publisher||:||Limelight Editions August 1, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||422 pages|
|File Size||:||871 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Lyrics on Several Occasions (Limelight) Reviews
Book is of particular interest to a person who loves and studies lyrics throughout the decades. This book doesn't disappoint.
If this book had consisted just in the reprinting of the great lyrics Ira Gershwin wrote then it already would be a treasure. But it also contains his descriptions of how he wrote the songs, and is filled with stories of his long- song- writing career. He comes across as a decent, family- person somewhat reserved but basically a very , fine human being.
Ira Gershwin became, of course, one of the distinguished lyricists of his time, writing such classics as "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Embraceable You," "The Man That Got Away," and "It Ain't Necessarily So," among many, many others. Who knew he was also a distinguished prose writer? His style, flavored by a gentle parody of such lights as Addison and Steele and John Aubrey, creates the picture of an author in love with reflection and books. Gershwin manages to be both erudite and funny as hell. He reproduces some of his best lyrics and provides commentary about their creation. His brother George was, of course, a genius. Ira, in his unassuming way, was another. Essential to anybody interested in some of the best songs of the twentieth century.
If you know the lyrics, you know George Gershwin's brother was a witty and warm-hearted writer of verses. His prose paints a self-portrait of a somewhat reserved, witty, erudite, unpretentious man who deeply loves (now, loved) his family, his friends, and his profession of lyric-writing. The stories behind the songs sketch a picture of show-biz life of the 1920s, before everybody had stereo systems; when anybody middle class or richer had a piano in the house; and when parties necessitated a piano recital from anybody willing and able to give one, as Ira's virtuoso brother usually was. Brief snapshots of life with his brother are shot through with almost heartbreaking poignancy as one recalls that George died young. The poignancy and his love for his brother shine the brighter as Ira never explicitly calls attention to them -- he shows, he doesn't tell. A beautiful book, with many droll observations & humorous anecdotes wittily told.