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How can you miss with music/lyrics by the Gershwin brothers? Jan. 17 2014
By Grandma Zizzy - Published on
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Despite how well I've come to know my mother/dear friend over this past over half a century, it has been a yearly struggle to come up with different ideas about gifts for her. She has simple needs/wants, always has, so it shouldn't be that difficult, right? But I finally came up with an idea that I thought she would really enjoy for her birthday a couple of years ago, which was a collection of all of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals she'd always loved. It was a hit! Made me feel so good to see her enjoying them so much, and that led me to pursue her love of old movie musicals even further. Typed a Google search for "Top 25 Film Musicals", and the first thing that popped up was just such a list that the American Film Institute came up with in 2006! I'd already given her two of them (Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" and "The King and I"), so over the course of a year, I was able to track the rest all down (finding the best price on Amazon for about half of them) for a total of about $350, which gave me a supply of gifts that covered Mother's Day, another birthday and two Christmases! It was SO nice to have a year in which I didn't have to rack my brain for gift ideas, but - even BETTER! - to see Mom's reaction as she opened each new "treasure", all of which represented memories to her as well. An American in Paris was #9 on the list, which covers the '30s through the '00s, so it was fun for her to recall "where her life was at" when each of the musicals came out.

This was a great musical, set in Paris (of course!), featuring the music/lyrics of two brothers, George and Ira Gershwin, drawing its inspiration from a 1928 orchestral composition by George. It starred Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary and Nina Foch --- so great that it nabbed six Oscars, including Best Picture!

Mom didn't recall ever actually seeing the movie (not surprising... she was only 11 years old in 1951!), but she did remember her OWN mother singing so many of the songs... "Embraceable You", "I Got Rhythm", " 'S Wonderful", and that in and of itself made her love this CD. (In fact, I myself can recall my grandmother not only singing "I Got Rhythm", but playing it on the piano as well!) Apparently singing around the house was handed down from her mother, because even though my nine younger siblings and I probably never saw one of the old musicals she was singing songs from until well after we entered adulthood, I bet we knew the words to a majority of the songs! (Well, at least the melodies... Mom was known to occasionally "la-dee-dah" her way through some of them... but she did have a nicer voice than Grandma, rest her sweet soul!)
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A CD we waited a long time to acquire May 3 2013
By Eric C. Phillips - Published on
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My wife and I saw this movie in Kodiak, Alaska when it first came out and it has been one of our favorites over the years, so it is not surprising that we wanted the CD sound track. We are not disappointed. It recalls the movie and is a rewarding time spent with the original cast and music.

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