Michael Feinstein…

…just released The Gershwins And Me: A Personal History In Twelve Songs … a very interesting book that chronicles the six years Michael spent with Ira Gershwin researching and cataloging the music and lives of George and Ira Gershwin.

Feinstein uses twelve songs (that he also performs on a CD that comes with the book), his deep research and anecdotes associated with these classic numbers to reveal the essence of his time with Ira, as well as the lives and music of the Gershwins and their foundational roles as composer/song writers in what has become The Great American Songbook.

Head over to NPR for the lowdown on Michael’s new book/CD, including excerpts from his recent Fresh Air interview … or listen to the whole Fresh Air interview that is available as a stream (a download or a transcript as well … very cool).

If you’re a bit on the wonkish side regarding The American Songbook and the great songwriters of that era (yeah, that’s me) then this is “not to be missed” stuff.