When U2, Bruce And The Beach Boys Met Tony

Quick -- what's the difference between a rock concert and an English class? Two cultures separated by a common language!

U2, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beach Boys fill concert halls with exquisite English lyrics. Although their exquisiteness is often lost in the pounding surround-sound experience of lights, smoke, and beat. Nothing wrong with that. Good music is good no matter how the artist creates it. Which is why it's useless comparing today's music -- like today's athletes -- with another time. Making Tony Bennett such an ideal musical icon, for he reaches all generations.

No one has to tell you what it feels like to experience U2's "Running To Stand Still," Springtseen's "Born In The USA," or the Beach Boys' "That's Why God Made Radio." Now with your indulgence, may I share the lyrics from that other age when each word was meant to be heard as well as felt:

It's very clear
Our love is here to stay
Not for a year
But ever and a day

The radio and the telephone
And the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies
And in time may go

But oh my dear
Our love is here to stay
Together we're
Going a long long way

In time the Rockies may crumble
Gibraltar may tumble
They're only made of clay
But our love is here to stay

Lyrics chiseled that exactly can't be changed or drummed or smoked over. Each word counts. Precisely as it was written by Ira Gershwin when he dedicated them to his composer-brother George ... when every American Songbook master from Frank Sinatra to Rod Stewart sings them...whenever U2, Bruce, and the Beach Boys hug Tony backstage.

We really CAN all get along.

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