News for “Marshall Barer” 01/24/2011 30/01/2011

Har Shalom Players Present the True Story of “The Princess and the …
This weekend the Har Shalom Players will perform Once Upon a Mattress, the musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer, ..

A Tribute to the Songs of Michael (Mickey) Leonard or ‘Variations
Times Square Chronicles
Leonard has written with Carolyn Leigh, Marshall Barer, Annie Lebow and others, writing for Nancy Sinatra and Bill Evans. Award winning cabaret/jazz artist


News for “Lorenz Hart” 01/24/2011 30/01/2011

Carol Saunders: PB Pop’s ‘An Evening of Rodgers & Hart, with John …
This genre of music demonstrates the breadth, wit, and creativity of the dynamic duo of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Collaborating on more than 500 …

Professor featured on four recent CD releases
WSU Today
The CD features the Seattle Jazz Singers’ performance of Yasinitsky’s arrangement of Lorenz Hart and Richard Rogers’s “This Can’t Be Love. …

Art & Soul
San Francisco Bay Times
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, along with George & Ira Gershwin, cover the meeting/courting/ marrying process beautifully with their upbeat & breezy takes

Fanny Says: Great Songs Are Timeless
These musical giants included Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern,

Musicals Tonight Announces Casting for I’d Rather Be Right
The show has a score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and a book by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The cast features Laurie Hymes, Brent Di Roma,Steve


Calendar of Events
Daily Eastern News
Music by Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart will also be included at the American Songbook concert.

This week’s new theatre

The Guardian – 7 Jan 2011

This season it’s the turn of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, whose songs include the sublime Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered from Pal Joey,

Lost in Wonderland – Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim – Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Marshall wrote the english words for Jobim’s song, Antigua for Barbara Streisand.
On June 23 1968 barbara recoded the song at the Columbia’s Studio C 207 East 30th Street New York, Jack Gold was the producer and Peter Matz arranger and conductor but the song was never released or included on commercially available Streisand albums.
You can hear B.J. Ward sing this song on her album “Michael Feinstein Presents: B.J. Ward Sings Marshall Barer,” Track 10.

I’m all alone in a place I have never been.
I see a door to a garden and wander in.
And though my journey has barely begun
I am spun like a top to the top of the universe and
High in a spiral of ice I gaze upon a scene
That flickers far below me.
And what I see is a crinkle of colors and sounds.
Colors and sounds.

I can hear tinkles of crystal
and I can see sparkles of mist on the spangles
And I can feel tangles of tingles and sprinklings of angles
And inklings of angels around.

A rabbit crosses my path unexpectedly.
I hear a sigh of despair as he passes me.
I have a feeling that rabbit is late
For wherever he’s going whatever he’s headed for is my destination.
Oh, show me the way to stay here in this world
Because here’s where the right things happen.
Oh baby here’s where the good things are.

Looking at this enormous butterfly,
Wondering if he cares to dance with me.
Delicate as a flower carved of chrysophrase,
Idly I ponder how far have I yet to find it.
I’ve got to find it and act as though I’ve lost it.
Otherwise I’m lost in wonderland.

I’ve got to find it or else I am bound
To the empty ground bleak and vast.
Where dark spells are cast.

Flooring above me and ceiling below me
And chandeliers rising like tremulous towers
And tables and chairs and beds hanging like blossoms
In turquoise and purple and green.

You were asleep so I guess you were not aware,
I took a walk through your mind and I lingered there.
But what I found I can never reveal to you
Not with my voice nor the pitch of my flute recall it.
You’ll simply have to come walking with me
One day into that wonderland shining behind your eyes,
Beyond the gossamer doors of sleep.
Just sleep…

Dancing on the Ceiling (He Dances on My Ceiling) – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Jessie Matthews

Jassie Matthews Image via Wikipedia

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for the show Ever Green 1930, the song was also used in “Evergreen” a film adaptation of the musical.
Introduced by Jessie Matthews
At the time of the show the song was banned from the radio in England and in USA because the censors found the lyrics “Underneath my counterpane/But there’s my love” too risqué: they thought that the lyrics could be read as “masturbation”


The world is lyrical
Because a miracle
Has brought my lover to me
Though she’s some other place, her face I see
At night I creep in bed
And never sleep in bed
But look above in the air
And to my greatest joy, my love is there
She dances overhead
On the ceiling near my bed
In my sight
All through the night
I try to hide in vain
Underneath my counterpane
But there’s my love
up there above
I whisper, “Go away, my lover
It’s not fair”
But I’m so grateful to discover
That she’s still there
I love my ceiling more
Since it is a dancing floor
Just for my love

Zip – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for “Pal Joey”
Introduced by Jean Casto.
For the highly successful revival of the show the song was sung by Elaine Stritch


I’ve interviewed Leslie Howard.*
I’ve interviewed Noel Coward.
I’ve interviewed the great Stravinsky.
But my greatest achievement
Is the interview I had
With a star who worked for Minsky.
I met her at the Yankee Clipper
And she didn’t unzip one zipper.
I said, “Miss Lee, you are such an artist.
Tell me why you never miss.
What do you think of while you work?”
And she said, “While I work
My thoughts go something like this.”


Zip! Walter Lippmann wasn’t brilliant today.
Zip! Will Saroyan ever write a great play?
Zip! I was reading Schopenhauer last night.
Zip! And I think that Schopenhauer was right.
I don’t want to see Zorina.
I don’t want to meet Cobina.
Zip! I’m an intellectual.
I don’t like a deep contralto,
Or a man whose voice is alto.
Zip! I’m a heterosexual.
Zip! It took intelect to master my art.
Zip! Who the hell is Margie Hart?


Zip! I consider Dali’s painting passe.
Zip! Can they make the Metropolitan pay?
Zip! English people don’t say clerk, they say clark.**
Zip! Anybody who says clark is a jark!
I have read the great Kabala
And I simply worship Allah.
Zip! I am just a mystic.
I don’t care for Whistler’s Mother,
Charlie’s Aunt, or Shubert’s brother.
Zip! I’m misogynistic.
Zip! My intelligence is guiding my hand.
Zip! Who the hell is Sally Rand?


Zip! Toscanini leads the greatest of bands.***
Zip! Jergen’s Lotion does the trick for his hands.
Zip! Rip Van Winkle on the screen would be smart.
Zip! Tyrone Power will be cast in the part.
I adore the great Confucius,
And the lines of luscious Lucius.
Zip! I am so ecletic.
I don’t care for either Mickey-
Mouse and Rooney make me sicky!
Zip! I’m a little hectic.
Zip! My artistic taste is classic and dear.****
Zip! Who the hell’s Lili St. Cyr?

*Earlier versions of lines 1-2:
I’ve interviewed Pablo Picasso
And a countess named di Frasso.

**Earlier version of refrain 2, lines 3-4:
Zip! Hearing rhumba bands will drive me to drink.
Zip! Mrs. Perkins isn’t red, she’s just pink.

***Earlier version of refrain 3, line 1:
Zip! That Stokowski leads the greatest of bands.

****Earlier version of refrain 3, lines 11-12:
Zip! My artistic taste is classic and choice.
Zip! Who the hell’s Rosita Royce?

Celebrities quoted in the song:
Leslie Howard actor known for “Gone with the wild”
Noel Coward actor, songwriter, author
Igor Stravinsky russian musician
Minsky the four Minsky brothers: Abe Minsky (1878–1960); Billy Minsky (1887–1932); Herbert Minsky (1892-?); and Morton Minsky (1902–1987) owner of “Minsky’s Burlesque” a brand of burlesque
“star who worked for Minsky” of course this refers to Gypsy Rose Lee
Walter Lippmann columnist, writer
Will Saroyan dramatist and author
Arthur Schopenhauer german philosopher
Vera Zorina ballerina of George Balanchine
Cobina Wright actress who gained later fame as a hostess and a syndicated gossip columnist
Margaret Hart Ferraro stripper
Salvador Dalí spanish painter
Shubert’s brother theatrical managers and producers
Sally Rand stripper and fan dancer
Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor, was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century
Jergens® Skincare Products Cincinnati based manufacturer of health and beauty skin care products including lotions, skin cleansers, facial cleansers and moisturizers
“Rip Van Winkle” is a short story by Washington Irving published in June 1819. In the story Rip, a young married Dutch American, alls asleep for twenty years. When he wakes and wanders back to his village, he is astonished by the changes that have taken place.
Tyrone Power famed american actor
Confucius, Chinese thinker and social philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period.
Lucius Beebe was an American author, gourmand, photographer, railroad historian, journalist, and syndicated columnist. Columnist Walter Winchell referred to Beebe and his wardrobe as “Luscious Lucius.” Beebe’s sartorial splendor was recognized when he appeared in full formal day attire on the cover of Life over the title of “Lucius Beebe Sets a Style.”
Mickey Mouse cartoon character created by Walt Disney Studios
Mickey Rooney famed american actor
Lili St. Cyr famed American burlesque stripper. Lili St. Cyr is mentioned also in the musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The final line of the song “Don’t Dream It” is “God bless Lili St. Cyr!”


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A Day like any other Day – Music by Bruce Scott lyrics by Marshall Barer

Music by Bruce Scott lyrics by Marshall Barer.
First recorder in the album “The Time Has Come!: The Songs of Marshall Barer” in 1990
Marshall called this song “An early effort. Rueful but scarcely Autumnal”

A day like any other day
Will be the day you go away
The dawn I find you’re gone my love
The clouds will hung as light above the sea
The day you’ll go away from me

The birds will not desert the sky
When you have said your last good-bye
The day you take the promise back
The sun won’t burst
The earth won’t crack in two
The day I say good-bye to you

Children in the streets will sound just as sweet when you are not around
Clocks will tick as before
And life will go on
And London bridge will not fall down

Trees and rocks and hills will stay in place
Even when you are not in my embrace
I can’t pretend the world will end
When you have found another friend

The moon will rise
The sun will set
The day I’ll know i’ll have to let you fly

A day like any other day
A day like any other day
Except I’ll die

He Was Too Good To Me – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Simple Simon (musical)

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Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for the review “Simple Simon” (1930) , but was dropped before the show’s New York opening.
In 1931 Rodgers& Hart were working on a movie called “the Hot Heiress” and they tried to reused the melody of this song with slightly different words. The result was a nice ballad called “He looks So Good To Me” but, once again, the song was removed from the movie.


There goes my young intended,
The thing is ended,
Regrets are vain.
I’ll never find
Another half so sweet
And we’ll never meet again.
I was a good sport
Told him
Eyes dim
But why

He was too good to me,
How can I get along now?
So close he stood to me
Everything seems all wrong now.
He who had brought me the sun
Making me smile,
That was his fun.
When I was mean to him
He’d never say go ‘way now,
I was a queen to him,
Whose gonna make me gay now?
It’s only natural that I’m blue,
He was too good to be true.

Carly Simon recorded this song but changed the last line of the verse.
And we’ll never meet again
I got impatient
Told him goodbye
Sad eyes out in the rain