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        Michael Feinstein Advises on Interpreting Lyrics

        Michael Feinstein, a well-known performer and expert on musical theater, coaches a student performer who is singing “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” a song with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. In this video adapted from Broadway or Bust, Feinstein notes that for Ira Gershwin, with whom he worked, the words of the verse were as important as the words in the chorus. Feinstein also points out how key details, such as the alteration of a single word or a single pitch, can affect the interpretation of the song.

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