Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday Song #1: "Someone To Watch Over Me"

Like the Beatles' 'I Will,' this George and Ira Gershwin tune is a love song to some unknown love.

But this version by Frank Sinatra from the 1950s is so plaintive and emotional that Old Blue Eyes seems to turn the words into a plea to a very particular woman, someone he misses desperately. Or maybe he misses the chance at love with her he never had.

George Gershwin, of course, is one of the musical giants of the twentieth century. But the lyrics by his older brother, Ira, are always amazing too. After George's untimely death, Ira continued to his work as a lyricist with other composers.

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