They're Playing Our Song: Conversations With America's Classic Songwriters

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The careers, inspirations, and techniques of Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin and seventeen other classic songwriters are revealed in Max Wilk's unique profiles, comprised of anecdotes, remembrances, reflections, and commentary either by the lyricists and composers themselves or other show business professionals intimately associated with them. The emphasis in each case is on the songs—the magic and the craft behind such hits as "Ol' Man River," "I Wanna Be Loved by You," "My Funny Valentine," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Moon River," "That Old Black Magic," "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," "Send in the Clowns," "White Christmas," "God Bless America," and thousands more.

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From Charles Champlin, former Los Angeles Times Film Critic:

I can't tell you how delighted I am to have your book. What a gas it must be for the song writer to be able to stop and think, "Hey, they're playing my song.." It is a lot nearer to having a small grasp on immortality to know that somewhere a fragment of one's song can still be heard.

It is amazing and also rather sobering to realize how many of the voices you were celebrating only a very few short years ago have already gone silent. But thank God, their works live on. Your work is now a priceless treasure trove of memory and a recapturing of men and women who have contributed so incredibly much to our lives, our memories, and our carings. It is astonishing to stop now and again and realize and appreciate how deep and enduring an impression the songwriters have left on absolutely every one of us, whatever our race, voice, or condition of servitude.

Thanks again for this lovely and timeless book.

About the Author:

Max Wilk wrote 27 books, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as numerous television
shows, plays, musicals and movies, in a writing career spanning almost seventy years. He
died in 2011, still singing.

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