Song Of The Day: March 13, 2018

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Nobody does Sondheim like Bernadette Peters.  This song is from “Merrily We Roll Along”, initially a flop that featured a great Sondheim score, one of his greatest in fact.  The musical has successfully been reworked, and is now produced all over the world.  There are several amazing songs in the score, this is but one of them:


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  1. Alby says:

    OK, now you’re doing it just to torture me. I had to listen to some of the “Hamilton” mix tape just so I’d have a tune or two to hum.

  2. RE Vanella says:

    I want a ska, rocksteady, roots reggae week!

  3. True musical torture (for me) would be an Andrew Lloyd Webber Week.

    RE: Gotta admit, a little reggae goes a long way with me. Maybe it’s the lack of ganja in my life…

  4. RE Vanella says:

    See everyone thinks of reggae as one thing. Not true! You need some old Desmond Dekker in your life.

    Separately, ganja compliments all art. :-)

  5. Alby says:


    @El Som: OK, you win that point. I’ll listen to 24 hours of Sondheim before I’ll take 5 minutes of ALW.

    I always enjoyed Neil Finn’s comment about him, which is the first verse of “Chocolate Cake” from the Woodface album:

    Not everyone in New York would pay to see Andrew Lloyd Webber
    May his trousers fall down as he bows to the queen and the crown
    I don’t know what tune that the orchestra played
    But it went by me sickly and sentimental

  6. Jason330 says:

    Song of the day should be “Bang a Gong” Or “Tea for the Tillersonman”

  7. Alby says:

    Broke my own rule and failed to provide a link for “Chocolate Cake.”

    Here are the Finn brothers playing it live on David Letterman back in ’91. Check out Paul Shaffer’s organ solo. People forget he has chops:

  8. Dave says:

    Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of “Another One Bites The Dust.” Might be especially appropriate since they were from the U.K. and Evangelicals always believed that the song contained backmasking.

  9. RE Vanella says:

    Yes! Stanley Beckford tune. Cool. Technically mento genre, but I’ll take what I can get.

    “She said she don’t want no young man
    Ca young man smoke too much ilee”


  10. Alby says:

    @Dave: If I’d ever heard that rumor I had forgotten it. Here’s the scoop:

  11. Alby says:

    @REV: Mento is irie, u zeemi?

    But it’s the dreadlock who smoke too much ilee. Young man drink too much white rum.

  12. Jason330 says:

    That Crowded House song rocks.

  13. Alby says:

    @jason: There’s a line in the last verse “Kathy Straker, boy could she lose some weight.” Rumor is that it originally was “Oprah Winfrey” but the Finns didn’t want to risk a lawsuit.

  14. RE Vanella says:

    Switch-up in the last verse, seen?

  15. Alby says:

    No mi nuh seet. Me fast asleep in bed.

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  17. nathan arizona says:

    another version, with what might be the least hip audience he ever played for. Don’t know what’s up with his eye.

  18. mouse says:

    I miss playing backward devil music. The night I spun Revolution # 9 on the White Album backward on my turntable was a watershed moment

  19. RE Vanella says:

    turn me on, dead man.

  20. Alby says:

    I buried Paul, cranberry sauce — those middle syllables are identical. Coincidence?

  21. mouse says:

    That’s it!

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