Our Love Is Here to Stay

Reviewed by mojo

Yeah, I know, the PROPER name of this song is just "LOVE Is Here to Stay", but that's not how the lyrics go. Researching this song on Wikipedia tells us Ira wanted to change the name but never got around to it. It's also the last piece of music George wrote; the words were composed after his death.

It's a nice song. It's not one of my all-time favorites, but it's a pleasant-enough listen. I like the run at the end that goes "In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble, they're only made of clay..." This version seems to be just a HAIR slower than other versions, which makes it drag even more than usual at first, but after the first go-round Ella starts to have fun with it.

Adding all these "bonus tracks" to long-established albums is like when they add deleted scenes to movies on the DVD or you get the "extended director's cut" with stuff added that's NOT SEEN IN THEATERS! They add this stuff and they try to make you think it's some sort of BONUS. Granted, I don't mind having extra takes of Ella singing jazz standards, but oftentimes when they add stuff to something that was previously deleted, you can see why it was deleted in the first place. Not necessarily that it's BAD, just that it doesn't fit in, or it's just not as good as the OTHER stuff, and you only have so much room.

Naturally such things are judgement calls, and such calls vary from artist to artist. With most, they have their stand-out hits, which we'll call their "A Game", their solidly good stuff, which we'll call their "B Game", their filler material, which we'll call their "C Game", and their Dear-Heavens-What-WERE-They-Thinking, also known as their "D Game". (I was recently given a Mama Cass CD--and don't get me wrong, I actualy LIKE Mama Cass--and I swear the majority of it was D Game Pretentious Artist Weirdness. Like most of the artists of the Sixties you can't really say "What were they smoking?" but rather you have to say "What were they smoking besides the usual stuff?" But I digress.)

With Ella (at least thus far in my experience) you get mostly A and B Games, and even what most might consider "filler" gets its mediocrity transcended by Ella's touch. Not that I think this song is mediocre, just that... where was I, again? "Our Love Is Here to Stay". Yes. A fairly good rendition of a fairly good song. I can see why they cut it, given the rest of the concert, but it's nice to hear a different version from Ella. And it sure beats some of the "bonus" tracks they've added to this concert, which are comprised of nothing but applause but they're still charging you a buck for the privilege. Yeesh!

Love Is Here to Stay (1960)

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From Wikipedia:


"Love Is Here to Stay" is a popular song and a jazz standard. The music was written by George Gershwin, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin, for the movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938) which was released shortly after George Gershwin's death. "Our Love Is Here to Stay" also appeared, perhaps most memorably, in the 1951 MGM picture An American in Paris, for which it served as the main theme. It also appeared in 1995's Forget Paris in which it is actually a reference to An American In Paris. The song was the last composition George Gershwin completed. Ira Gershwin wrote the words after his brother's death, giving the song a special poignancy.

Originally titled "It's Here to Stay" and then "Our Love Is Here to Stay", the song was finally published as "Love Is Here to Stay".[1] Ira Gershwin has said that he wanted to change the song's name back to "Our Love Is Here to Stay" for years, but felt that it wouldn't be right since the song had already become a standard.[2] The song is emblematic of the Great American Songbook, with both an introductory verse and a chorus.

The song is also used in the musical, The 1940's Radio Hour.

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