My Mixtape: "Summertime," by George Gershwin | KALW

My Mixtape: "Summertime," by George Gershwin

Apr 5, 2019

Album Art: Essential George Gershwin

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is a wildly talented traditional Vietnamese instrumentalist and composer, who graduated from and taught at the Vietnam Academy of Music. 

Today she brings to us a classic 1935 opera song from Porgy and Bess that, for her, carries unexpected similarities to Vietnamese weather.

Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush, little baby, don't you cry