They can't take that away.

Author:Beasley, Sandra

Works in Progress - 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, by Tom Moon - Brief article


The Great American Songbook, as it is loosely called, encompasses 40 midcentury years of popular music by composers and lyricists writing primarily for Broadway and Hollywood. The songs are propelled by melody, not percussion, and most have a verse and a chorus in AABA or ABAB form. The lyrics range from cynical (Rodgers & Hart's "The Lady Is a Tramp") to witty (Cole Porter's "Let's Do It") and from inane (Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Do Re Me") to poignant ("Our Love Is Here to Stay," the Gershwins' last song). Sung simply by a Dianne Reeves or a Barbara Cook, the best can rival classical art songs.

In 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, due out next spring, author Tom Moon will list 50 or more albums...

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