The Sun, Moon, Stars & Romance In American Popular Song
Where would the great lyricists of American Popular Song´s golden age have been without those shiny images that light up our sky and fill the Universe?
“Lost In The Stars” perhaps? “Reaching For The Moon?” Keeping their “Sunny Side Up?”
“Fly me to the moon
And let me play among the stars.
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars.
In other words, hold my hand.
In other words, darling, kiss me.”
The inspiration provided by nature´s wonders beyond our world is as limitless and boundlessly expressive as the Cosmos. The overriding “guiding stars” of those bygone days were romance and optimism. The hard realities of living are still magnificently tempered by these songs that reach out, rise above, side-step, imagine, hope for the best.
From Tin Pan Alley´s early days of Moon/Croon/June/Spoon to the sophisticated heights of American Pop´s heyday mid-twentieth century, the Sun, the Moon, the Stars and the Heavens continue to fill our hearts with song and let us sing forever more!
“Somewhere there’s music;
How faint the tune.
Somewhere there’s heaven;
How high the moon?”
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Fred Miller’s Lectures-In-Song comprise a series of solo programs, each an historical, anecdotal and musical profile of some great personality or important aspect of American Popular Song. These Lectures are delivered by singer/pianist/narrator Miller at the piano, and each reflects his lifetime passion and appreciation for great music. He studied classical piano in his hometown of Albuquerque from ages 7-15 but early on gave up any notion of music as a profession. At that time, Fred assumed a musical career was either one devoted to the rigid discipline of classical music or being a freewheeling rock star, and he accurately decided he had no aptitude for either. However, at age 22, upon hearing Ella Fitzgerald sing Cole Porter, he found his calling and life’s mission.
Through the Seventies and Eighties, Miller studied and absorbed in minute detail the life and times and songs of nearly all the great American composers and lyricists who thrived during Broadway & Hollywood’s Golden Age between the two World Wars. In 1987, he founded Silver Dollar Productions in order to produce operettas, dramas, musicals and small cabarets. Silver Dollar Productions required ensemble casts, props, costumes and, most significantly, the challenges of publicity and selling tickets, and for a dozen busy years, the company presented an unbroken string of varied and highly lauded performances.
In 1999, Miller was simultaneously underwritten by both his local Hunterdon County Library and the Art Alliance of Philadelphia to present a series of six solo Lectures-In-Song, each devoted to one of the premiere Broadway/Hollywood songwriters: George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, and Harold Arlen.
In presenting history, biography and psychology while sitting at a piano singing the superlative songs of his heroes, Miller has found a single performing medium that utilizes most of his intellectual and musical passions.The list of Lectures-In-Song that began with six in 1999 is now more than seventy(and growing!), a joyful tribute to the boundlessly rich field of American Popular Song.