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'No Minor Chords' by Andre Previn

keberoxu 21 Jan 16 - 07:26 PM
GUEST,leeneia 21 Jan 16 - 10:10 PM
keberoxu 22 Jan 16 - 01:55 PM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Jan 16 - 02:00 AM
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Subject: book of memoirs
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Jan 16 - 07:26 PM

This is a book title, not a piece of music. Not new either; this book has been around for many years.

It is Andre Previn's memoirs, devoted to his years in Hollywood. There is also a little about his education, his father the musician, and some things outside of the movie business. But most of it is about the movies. And when it is funny, it is squeal-out-loud funny. He tells some hilarious anecdotes.

There is a thread elsewhere about the snows of yesteryear, and that is what reminded me of "No Minor Chords." See, there is this one story:

Young Andre Previn with Betty Comden and Adolph Green managed to get a private audience, as it were, on one occasion, with L. B. Mayer when the latter was at his career zenith: a big deal. They had written a song or two and wanted to interest Mr. Mayer in said songs. So they performed for him while he sat there.

In the silence following the end of the last song, Mayer said forbiddingly:

"Where are the songs of yesteryear?"

Mayer did not reckon with Adolph Green, who liked a challenge, and was still pumped up from singing probably. So Green went into manic mode and retorted:

"I DON'T KNOW, I don't know, where did we put them? Betty! Where DID we put those songs of yesteryear?!"   

Betty Comden and Andre Previn hustled Adolph Green out of Mayer's office, with Betty muttering, "Oh, God, Adolph, one step too far..."
and according to Previn, the whole thing blew over without further incident.

And if you think THAT'S a stitch, check out the story behind the title "No Minor Chords" -- or do you already know that one?


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Subject: RE: 'No Minor Chords' by Andre Previn
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 21 Jan 16 - 10:10 PM

Thanks, keberoxu; I'll look for the book.


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Subject: RE: 'No Minor Chords' by Andre Previn
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Jan 16 - 01:55 PM

No doubt Previn's book remains under copyright, so do quotes from it...I will take the risk, though. Lovely memento about lyricist Ira Gershwin, pages 104 - 105.

Ira Gershwin, in his later years, published a book of his lyrics with stories about them. Andre Previn:

"[Gershwin] wrote the story about being stuck for a rhyme after " 'bout five-foot-six or -seven," in the song "Looking for a Boy." The word 'heaven' had already been used....
A copy of the book containing this story arrived at my house, and Ira had written the following on the frontispiece:

AN APOLOGY

How on earth in my rhyming of 'heaven'
Did Heaven not send me a sign
To feature the surname of talented Previn?
(Alas -- for the note on p. 9!)

If ever this book has a 2nd edition --
I vow, if alive at the time,
That 'heaven' and 'Previn' receive recognition
As the one unimpeachable rhyme.

          With affection,
                   IRA. "


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Subject: RE: 'No Minor Chords' by Andre Previn
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Jan 16 - 02:00 AM

Nice!

Now we need more rhymes for love. Of, dove and glove are tired out.


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Subject: RE: 'No Minor Chords' by Andre Previn
From: Stanron
Date: 23 Jan 16 - 08:47 AM

How about

above,
dis'cov'er/y
and
shove?


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