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The book Love Me Tender "tells the stories behind the world's favourite songs". I am not sure how many of the songs listed are favourites of yours but I found that there are only a couple I am not familiar with.
Here's a short paragraph-teaser from page 86 of the book as writer Max Cryer explains the origin of Begin the Beguine by composer Cole Porter who cruised in a ship with a piano in his cabin:
During the trip he soaked in mineral pools in New Zealand,
met feathered chieftains in Papua New Guinea, had a small
pox scare in Singapore, was richkshawed by extravagantly
dressed and painted African in Durban...
Need I reveal more? The blurb doesn't lie and the book is a good excuse to stay home during this rainy season. You wouldn't want to get caught in our floods again would you? So go get Love Me Tender.
*I believe that a good book SHOULD have an extensive Bibliography. This one does.
"Love Me Tender" by Max Cryer, Exisle Publishing Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand (2008). Available in our libraries: 782.42164 CRY (ART).
(This posting is a personal review and is neither promoting the book nor the library).
Original article: Andy Lim Collection.
For good friend Larry Lai.