On Wednesday, February 6, at 4:30 PM in the Carl Fields Center (58 Prospect St.), the first of IHUM’s Convergences will gather faculty from across the disciplines to talk about George Gershwin’s song “Summertime” and its seventy-seven year history of performance. Daphne Brooks, Steve Mackey, Tracy K. Smith, and Michael Wood will offer reflections, with musical examples, opening the way for a freewheeling discussion with the audience. Versions by Leontyne Price, Ella Fitzgerald, and Janis Joplin will be in the air, among others.
...and a call for voiceovers
The event will also feature contributions from the larger graduate student and faculty community at Princeton (and perhaps some fellow travelers elsewhere), which we are calling “voiceovers.” A voiceover is a superimposition of “Summertime,” in any of its versions, with audio commentary in the form of analysis, exegesis, critique, or reverie, taking in the whole song, or a crucial fragment. Like a sing-along, but without (necessarily) the singing—maybe more of a think-along, mixing the song with the response to the song. Consider it as an experiment in the interpretive remix, the fine sport of artscasting, or critical karaoke.