UNION — The Union Music Club met Feb. 18 in the Union County Museum meeting room.
Sally Summer, President, welcomed the members to the meeting. The Club recited the Invocation, Collect and sang the Federation Hymn with Jack Kelly at the piano.
Tommy Bishop introduced and accompanied the singing of the song of the month, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” with words and music by Leo Friedman and Beth Slater Whitson. Friedman and Whitson created this long-lasting song in 1910, the year after they wrote their other bestseller, “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” continues to get good exposure: It was even heard in the 1912 episode of TV’s highly regarded “Downtown Abbey.”
Love poems were read by Jack Kelly, Kathy Stepp, Carolyn Turner, Barbara Ramsey, Jeanine Elliott and Sally Summers. Carolyn Turner and Kathleen Read played a piano duet, Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, First Movement.
Linda Goings presented a program full of interesting facts about Ira and George Gershwin, from the book “The Gershwins and Me,” by Michael Feinstein. Michael met Ira when he was 20 and spent much time with him. Ira lived to be 83 but George died when he was only 38 of a brain tumor, a great loss for everyone who loved his music. Together, Ira and George Gershwin gave the world wonderful songs and music.
The meeting adjourned after the singing of “The Gift of Song” by Lana M. Bailey.