Some Lovely Music and Other Noise #socs

“Tenderly” is a 1946 pop standard by Walter Lloyd Gross with lyrics by Jack Lawrence. From 1952, here’s the lovely Rosemary Clooney.

You just knew I was going to do something like that, didn’t you? Here’s another: “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise,” from the 1928 operetta The New Moon, was written by Sigmund Romberg with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It’s become a jazz standard over the years. Here’s the Nat Shilkret and the Victor Orchestra with Franklyn Baur doing the vocal, from 1929.

Adverbs generally end in -ly (like generally right there) and modify verbs or adjectives. English teachers, and especially writing teachers, tell you not to use adverbs, which is hard (maybe even impossible) to do, because they’re pervasive and useful words. It’s true, you can usually find a verb or adjective that does a better job of expressing what you’re trying to say with the verb/adjective and adverb. Consider the sentence “The very pretty girl walked quickly through the lobby.” You cxan replace “very pretty” with “gorgeous” and “walked quickly” with “hustled,” yielding “The gorgeous girl hustled through the lobby.” But you already knew that, didn’t you? I weren’t no English major, so I’ll leave that up to you. Gladly.


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