Recently I attended the local Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala fundraiser. Their theme was an Evening in Paris, focusing the majority of their concert performance on music that had an association with the famous City of Lights.
The central performance was George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.
Gershwin’s piece highlights the idea of an American traveling through the busy streets of Paris, fascinated by the strange sights and sounds. The traveler even succumbs to homesickness, temporarily, but returns to a curiosity of the new city he is in.
Each country has travelers and homebodies, those excited to see the world and those content with their usual surroundings. America has produced plenty of each, taking the forms of Presidents, businessmen, politicians and tradesmen. No matter how much we may enjoy visiting other nations or avoiding them, we agree on one thing: There is no place like home.