Lyrics on Several Occasions: A Selection of Stage & Screen Lyrics Written for Sundry Situations; And Now Arranged in Arbitrary Categories. to Which Have Been Added Many informativ (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/11/1
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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
There are many trivial and forgettable lyrics here. But these are cancelled out by being among some of the greatest popular song lyrics ever written.
Perhaps the lyricist is almost absolutely dependent on the quality of the ' melody' in order to have his words become memorable as part of a great song.
Ira Gershwin in this was fortunate enough to work with some of the greatest of all writers of popular song, first of course and above all his brother, George.
As I write this I am humming the melody of the Gershwins' classic " Embraceable you".
How much pleasure and delight did these two great brothers give, and how much do they still give, to the world.