For those of you…

… living or vacationing in the D.C. Metro area, the Smithsonian has a very cool seminar set for tomorrow (11/27) evening on Johnny Mercer’s life and songwriting.

Titled Johnny Mercer: He Wrote The Songs, the presentation is lead by Smithsonian American Music specialist Robert Wyatt and includes Mercer recordings and film clips … sounds fun.

As a card carrying Mercer super freak (evidence here and here) this is a can’t miss event … that sadly I will miss (short notice and long distance conspired against me).

Digging into the Ella Fitzgerald Songbook series, with it’s array of songwriter gods (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin’s, Arlen, Kern…) has only served to instill even more appreciation for JM.

The lowdown on tomorrow nights Mercer seminar from Smithsonian.com’s Around The Mall section:

Whether or not you know the name, you know the work. Johnny Mercer, lyricist, composer and co-founder of Capitol Records, left an indelible mark on the music industry. He wrote hundreds of songs, including the lyrics for “Moon River” for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and won four Academy Awards. Robert Wyatt will discuss the work and legacy of Mercer, who was also a singer in addition to all his other roles. Learn more about the man who penned some of the most popular songs of the 1930s, 40s and 50s for both stage and silver screen. Tickets $30 members, $42 non-members. 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. American Indian Museum.”

Sorry for the short notice, but if you’re in the neighborhood, grab some tickets and take in Johnny Mercer: He Wrote The Songs tomorrow night; you can get tix from the Smithsonian here.

[If anybody does make the Mercer-Smithsonian scene, please ping me back with the details!]

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