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#596 Songs From The American Songbook - Sara Lukinson

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Release Date: 12/28/2021

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Songs From The American Songbook - Sara Lukinson

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Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates interview series.  

Using a medley of filmed performances, documentary filmmaker and cultural historian, and our guest today  Sara Lukinson traces how some of our favorite love songs from the American songbook came to be and how re-imaginings by different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something more. As a matter of fact, we’re listening to Smithsonian Folkways recording of “Someone to Watch Over Me,” by Bill Floyd, and The King of Organs, from 1957. Sara Lukinson will be appearing at the Smithsonian Associates series via Zoom, and you’re all invited. January 20, 2022.   The title of Sara Lukinson’s Zoom presentation at Smithsonian Associates is ‘More Stories From the American Songbook.” Please check out our website, NotOld-Better.com, or the Smithsonian Associates website for more information and ticket details….all of which is in our show notes today.

Sara Lukinson, who has won three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, now teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York TimesWashington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

Songs of Love and Yearning: “My Funny Valentine” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”

Written for Broadway musicals in 1926 and 1940, these songs outlasted their shows, and hundreds of versions later—from the simple to the soaring, the delicate to the sensual—they are the ones that turn our yearnings for love into the words and music we dream to.

Please join me in welcoming you to The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates interview series via internet phone, Emmy Award winner and Smithsonian Associate, Sara Lukinson.  

My thanks to Sara Lukinson, who will be appearing at the Smithsonian Associates series via Zoom, and you’re all invited. January 20, 2022.   The title of Sara Lukinson’s Zoom presentation at Smithsonian Associates is ‘More Stories From the American Songbook.” Please check out our website, NotOld-Better.com, or the Smithsonian Associates website for more information and ticket details….all of which are in our show notes today.   My thanks to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show, and of course, my thanks to you, my wonderful Not Old Better show audience… let's talk about better.  The Not Old Better Show Smithsonian Associates interview series.  Thanks, everybody.