By Gary Marmorstein
“Blue Moon, ” “Where or while, ” “The woman Is a Tramp,” “My humorous Valentine,” “Isn’t It Romantic?,” “My Romance,” “There’s a Small Hotel,” “Falling in Love with Love,” “Bewitched, stricken and Bewildered”—lyricist Lorenz Hart, including composer Richard Rodgers, wrote probably the most memorable songs ever created. greater than part a century after their collaboration ended, Rodgers & Hart songs are necessary to the repertoire of nightclub singers all over. A send with no Sail is the tale of the advanced guy who used to be Lorenz Hart.
His lyrics spin with brilliance and class, but at their middle is an unmistakable wistfulness. the wonder of “My Romance” and “Isn’t It Romantic?” is unsurpassed in American music, yet Hart’s lyrics may be cynical, humorous, ironic. He introduced a distinct wit and magnificence to renowned tune.
Larry Hart and Richard Rodgers wrote nearly thirty Broadway musicals and dozens of songs for Hollywood motion pictures. a minimum of 4 in their musicals—On Your ft, Babes in fingers, the men from Syracuse, and Pal Joey— became classics. yet regardless of their prodigious collaboration, Rodgers and Hart have been a strange couple. Rodgers used to be designated, punctual, heterosexual, good-looking, and desirous to be authorized by means of Society. Hart used to be slightly 5 toes tall, alcoholic, gay, and more well-off in a bar or eating place than wherever else. petrified of solitude, he normally threw the celebration and collected the cost. His lyrics are all of the extra notable on account that he by no means sustained a romantic dating, dwelling his complete lifestyles along with his mom, who died basically months sooner than he died at age forty-eight.
Gary Marmorstein’s revelatory biography comprises a number of the lyrics that outline Hart’s legacy—those shrewdpermanent, touching stanzas that also flow us or make us laugh.
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A Ship Without A Sail: The Life of Lorenz Hart by Gary Marmorstein