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December 06, 2019


We're so glad that you remembered Ira Gershwin on the date of his birth. We've had ELLA FITZGERALD SINGS THE GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN SONGBOOK blasting through the stereo. Let's all hear it for Israel Gershowitz!

I neglected to say that Ella Fitzgerald's three-record set of the Gershwins' songs (arranged by Nelson Riddle, I believe) is the best recording here is of the Gershwin songbook. -- DL

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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