Weekend self-care: A little Gershwin

Weekend self-care: A little Gershwin

So. I have been an aficionado of George Gershwin since I can remember. The first time I heard "Rhapsody in Blue" was, I think, when I fell in love with Western art music (what people call "classical music", which, pedantically, should only apply to Western art music from 1750-1820). I am, of course, a New Yorker by birth, and hearing that piece, with its sounds of my city, was revelatory.

But Gershwin, along with lyricist brother Ira, got their start on Tin Pan Alley, that great incubator of the Great American Songbook. Even his Concerto in F hearkens back to that tradition. His songs are the genesis of that great American contribution to world music: the Broadway musical. So for this weekend's self-care thread, some of Gershwin's tunes. (With, of course, the Rhapsody and that great opera aria "Summertime" thrown in for good measure.)

As always, take care of yourselves.



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