When my mom was a senior in Hunter College in 1951, she had to do a project for a radio course. She wrote, arranged, played, sang and performed something called “Musical Prescriptions” for this project. I am, of course, biased, but her performance was impressive. Just being able to sing and play piano is a double threat, never mind writing/arranging abilities. The “program” is just over thirteen minutes long if you wish to take a listen. She performs several semi-classical and Broadway show tunes, with clever banter in between. The gestalt of the whole thing is cool because it was done in those kitchy-just-post-WWII years when Americans were so happy the frigging war was over, we were inspired to invent (and even eat) Velveeta cheese.
You can listen by clicking on the link below. It may take a moment to load, so please be patient; it’s well worth it.
Thank you for listening. Maybe Rita Rivkin’s music will be just what the doctor ordered for YOU!