George Gershwin is my official “Favorite Composer.” After all, you have to have an answer ready when people ask that question, and Gershwin’s music is certainly very close to me—like my own skin, my own blood. Gershwin songs are usually very cheerful, but they always have just a hint of melancholy, like chocolate that is sprinkled with a bit of sea salt. Maybe Gershwin is the glitzy, glamorous, egocentric virtuoso I always wished I could be, spewing melody with Vesuvian brilliance. And certainly Gershwin is the soul of New York, my home town and my home base.
So to ring in the new year, a classic Gershwin song and dance: “I Can’t Be Bothered Now,” from the 1992 show Crazy for You. Harry Groener is a masterful hoofer, and he’s surrounded by a bevy of beauties.
I Can’t Be Bothered Now, from Crazy for You
And since I’m doing doubles this week, here’s a classic Gershwin number, “Slap That Bass” from Shall We Dance, sung and danced by Fred Astaire.