Rumer On 'Song Travels'

"Judy Garland used to live the song, live the lyric and everything else," Rumer says. "So when I sing a song, I have to live the song." i i

"Judy Garland used to live the song, live the lyric and everything else," Rumer says. "So when I sing a song, I have to live the song." Rebecca Miller hide caption

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"Judy Garland used to live the song, live the lyric and everything else," Rumer says. "So when I sing a song, I have to live the song."

"Judy Garland used to live the song, live the lyric and everything else," Rumer says. "So when I sing a song, I have to live the song."

Rebecca Miller

Raised in England and Pakistan, Rumer possesses a deep connection to the heyday of the early-'70s singer-songwriter era, along with shades of Broadway, '30s jazz and gospel. After years of effort, Rumer (born Sarah Joyce) is beginning to reap the rewards: Her debut album, Seasons of My Soul, reached No. 3 on the U.K. charts and was certified platinum.

Here, Rumer joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach and old Hollywood, all of which inspire her to perform a few tunes from the Great American Songbook, as well as a few of her own songs.

Set List

Rumer (voice, guitar), Rob Taggart (piano), "Come To Me High" (S. Joyce)

Judy Garland (voice), "Dinah" (H. Akst, S. Lewis, J. Young)

Rumer (voice), Taggart (piano), "I Loves You Porgy" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)

Rumer (voice, guitar), Taggart (piano), "Slow" (S. Joyce)

Rumer (vocals), Michael Feinstein (piano, vocals), "Accentuate The Positive" (H. Arlen, J. Mercer)

Rumer (vocals), Feinstein (piano), "Buds Won't Bud" (E.Y. Harburg, H. Arlen)

Rumer (vocals), Feinstein (piano), "Where Or When?" (R. Rodgers, L. Hart)

Rumer (vocals), Feinstein (piano), "That's All" (A. Brandt, B. Haymes)

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This program originally ran April 27, 2012.


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