- - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My granddaughter recently visited New York, where she saw the stage version of “An American in Paris,” the play based on the 1928 George Gershwin poem of the same name. This work is what can be called ‘happy music’ since it is about a well-meaning American who visits a complex and rich city and enjoys everything he encounters. Such a theme is contrary to that of modern music, which is based on the premise that ‘life ain’t fair’(i.e., ‘My girlfriend does not show me enough affection’; ‘My boss does not pay me enough’; ‘The government does not take care of me well enough.’). Whether the showing of the Gershwin revue is a return to an ‘Ain’t life grand?’ sentiment is doubtful, but we can make a reasonable estimate after the 2016 elections.



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