Yesterday, Ted Cruz announced that his running mate would be Carly Fiorina. (This is like me announcing what dress I will wear when I accept the Nobel Peace Prize but never mind!) Anyway, on TV I heard her warbling a bit of a song and was startled to realize that her off key rendition was her own lyrics to "I Wonder Why-You're Just In Love" by Irving Berlin. (It was written for "Call Me Madam" and I have a clip for you from YouTube.) Oh dear, this song deserves to be sung but the tune should not be butchered! (Note-I have for you is not Carly Fiorina but a woman celebrating her 80th birthday. She sings and plays the piano at the same time and I thought she was good at it!)
Oh well perhaps it made people go to their computer and look up this song by one of America's best songwriters! Irving Berlin....if you want to know the story of this great songwriter, you may read about him here! It is believed that he wrote 1,250 songs. (Yes, that is correct, over twelve hundred songs. Many of his songs were in the seventeen scores that he wrote for Broadway musicals.)
Here is a quote of his that I love: "It's the lyric that makes a song a hit...the tune is what makes it last." He also had a lot to say about melody which seems to be lost these days...
I love songwriters but then, if you have read this blog for any time at all you will already know that. Irving Berlin is great but my son is my favorite songwriter. I think Irving Berlin would understand!
By the way, I think I would like LESTER HOLT to be the next president of the USA! (Click on his name if you don't know him!) If he should ever decide to run, we need someone like him...besides being very well spoken and obviously intelligent, he also plays bass guitar. Good enough for me!
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