Item description for Cole Porter: Selected Lyrics (American Poets Project) by Robert Kimball...
Overview Collects lyrics by the twentieth-century American songwriter that reflect his observations about the pain of emotional relationships and tongue-in-cheek beliefs about the nature of permanence.
Publishers Description Cole Porter possessed to a singular degree the art of expressing depth through apparent frivolity. The effervescent wit and technical bravura of his songs are matched by their unguarded revelations of feeling. Of the masters of 20th-century American songwriting, Porter was one of the few who wrote both music and lyrics, and, even in the absence of his melodies, his words distill an unmistakable mixture of poignancy and wit that marks him as a genius of light verse. Selected from over eight hundred songs, here are Porter's finest flights of invention, lyrics that are an indelible part of 20th-century culture: "Let's Do It," "Love for Sale," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," "In the Still of the Night," "I Concentrate on You," and dozens more.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Apr 6, 2006
Publisher Library of America
ISBN 1931082944 ISBN13 9781931082945
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More About Robert Kimball
Robert Kimball was educated at Yale College and Yale Law School. He has been the music critic of the "New York Post" and is the co-author or editor of several books on musical theater, including "Cole," the celebrated book about Cole Porter that he edited with Brendan Gill. He also edited Knopf's four previous books in the Complete Lyrics series. He is co-editor, with Robert Gottlieb, of "Reading Lyrics." Mr. Kimball lives in New York. Steve Nelson is a professor of musical theater at New York University and the producer of the Songwriter Series for the Library of Congress, which releases recordings of Broadway songwriters performing their own material. He is also the author of "Only a Paper Moon: The Theatre of Billy Rose." Mr. Nelson lives in New York.
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Pass Another Helping of Porter, Please! Aug 24, 2006
As a child and beyond, I soaked up pop song lyrics that have remained cruelly fixed in memory and apparently ineradicable. Too often (and mysteriously) some snatch of what is most often retro and regrettable will surface. This can be highly annoying, as will be clear to those who've heard one of those appalling 1950s clunkers like "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" and finds that it periodically and mysteriously lays siege to their consciousness. Such bizarre "Many Splendored" lyrics as, "Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing" may then infest one's head for days.
I thought of this assault-by-heard-music syndrome when I began to look into "Cole Porter, selected lyrics" - compiled by Editor Robert Kimball as a 21st-century salute to the astonishingly prolific master of both music and lyrics who died in 1964 at 73. He was witty, worldly, and a magician capable of amazing feats of legerdemain, not with wand but with words and music. Why, then, hadn't even one from the rich trove of Porter compositions - uber-sophisticated, sly, knowing - wedged itself within my brain?
I'd welcome being haunted, for example, by a Porter confection such as "Why Don't We Try Staying Home?" with its gently coaxing refrain, "What if we threw a party or two, And asked only you and me?" Or the get-on-with-life-after-loss lyrics of "It's All Right With Me": "You can't know how happy I am that we met/ I'm strangely attracted to you/ There's someone I'm trying so hard to forget/ Don't you want to forget someone too?"
The only frustration of this slender volume (one in the series sponsored by the "American Poets Project") is that it is slender! Some 800 of his compositions survive, it's said. I say, "Bring on more Porter!"