Classical 91.5

Playing Around: with words and with love, Sunday, April 29, 2:00 p.m.

Mar 5, 2018

Credit Skaneateles Suites

A Sunday afternoon performance by Michael Lasser, Cindy Miller and Alan Jones

playing around:  with words and with love

Sunday, April 29, 2:00 p.m.

Asbury First Methodist Church

1050 East Ave., Rochester NY, 14607

Tickets are available online at or at the door.

The songs will have you peeling a grape, ringing some bells, and getting conked by a coconut. They’re unpredictable and inventive, lighthearted and funny—but they can also turn romantic on a dime.

Join Michael, Cindy, and Alan for offbeat songs by the composers and lyricists of the Great American Songbook. Nothing gave them more pleasure than wordplay—for its own sake but especially in the service of love. One songwriter we’ll emphasize—the lyrics of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg.

For a few minutes, anyway, you won’t have a care in the world.


Crazy Words, Crazy Tune (Ager, Yellen, 1929)

Credit Vo-do-de-o Days

Playing Around with Words
I Love To Rhyme (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, The Goldwyn Follies, 1938)
On the Amazon (Vivian Ellis, Richard Myers, Clifford Grey, Greatrex Newman, Mr. Cinders, 1929)
The Begat (Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg, Finian’s Rainbow, 1947)
Peel Me a Grape (Dave Frishberg, 1962)
Let’s Do It (Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Paris, 1926, 1954)

Harburgian Word Play
Necessity (Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg, Finian’s Rainbow, 1947)
Down with Love (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hooray for What, 1937)
Poor You (Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg, Ship Ahoy, 1942)
I Like the Likes of You (Vernon Duke, E.Y. Harburg, Ziegfeld Follies of 1934, 1934)
Here’s to Your Illusions (Sammy Fain, E.Y. Harburg, Flahooly, 1951)

Playing Around with Each Other
When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love (Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg, Finian’s
Rainbow, 1947)
Real Estate Papa, You Ain’t Gonna Subdivide Me (Eugene West, Carl Perrillo, 1927)
Can That Boy Foxtrot? (Stephen Sondheim, cut from Follies, 1971)
Ring Them Bells (John Kander, Fred Ebb, 1972)

Killed By a Coconut (Shel Silverstein, Evan Stevens, Hillary Kanter, 1994)