Thursday, September 28, 2006

George Gershwin

The man wrote music.

From his Wikipedia entry:
Upon meeting composer Maurice Ravel, Gershwin asked him of the possibility of becoming a student of composition under the master. Ravel is said to have replied, "Why should you be a second-rate Ravel when you can be a first-rate Gershwin?"
He also asked Igor Stravinsky for lessons; when Stravinsky heard how much Gershwin earned, he replied "How about you give me some lessons?"
At the age of 38, "Gershwin began to complain of blinding headaches, and a recurring impression that he was smelling burned rubber."

He began psychiatric treatment. His psychoanalyst explained that it was a problem with Gershwin's "psychic reality." Gershwin didn't have to listen to this nonsense for long before the brain tumor killed him.

Happy birthday, George.


Anonymous Nan said...

Hey, I'd SWEAR that's Mickey Rooney playing the piano. Do you know if it is???

5:11 PM  

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