If you are a regular visitor of this blog, and you actually care for what I write in here, you would be familiar of my previous entry on some of my favorite Sondheim tunes, mostly culled from his hit musical “Company”, a Broadway adaptation of the book written by George Furth which garnered 10 nominations and eventually won 3 Tony’s in 1971 for Best Musical, Best Lyrics for Stephen Sondheim, and Best Director for Harold Prince. I happen to discover Sondheim at the time I was experimenting on musicals, I have previously heard of 1984′s “Sunday in the Park with George” but my real connection to his earlier works was thru Barbra Streisand, who did brilliant cover versions of “Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive” in her 1985 “Broadway Album”. I loved the wittiness of the lyrics and of course the music. I had no idea until recently, about the subject that this musical dealt with. Today, I received via Amazon.com the Original Broadway cast recording of “Company”, courtesy of a dear friend.
“Company” is a bittersweet, clever portrayal of five married couples—as seen through the eyes of bachelor friend Robert—explores love and commitment, fear and longing, and the simple joy of being alive.
This album has a treasure of real musical gems, with “Being Alive” coming out on top.
Someone to hold you too close
Someone to hurt you too deep
Someone to sit in your chair
And ruin your sleep
And make you aware of being alive
Another favorite is “Ladies Who Lunch”;
Here’s to the ladies who lunch
Aren’t they the best
When they get depressed,
It’s a bottle of scotch
Plus a little jest!
The heartfelt “Sorry-Grateful” which was sung to me beautifully, it was just as I remember it;
Youre always sorry, youre always grateful
Youre always wondering what might have been
Then she walks in.
And still youre sorry and still youre grateful
And still you wonder and still you doubt
And she goes out.
And a new favorite, “Little Things You Do Together”;
It’s the little things you do together
that make perfect relationships
the hobbies you pursue together
savings you accrue together
looks you misconstrue together
that make marriage a joy.
And as an encore;
Somebody crowd me with love,
somebody force me to care
somebody make me come through
I’ll always be there as frightened as you
to help us survive, being alive,
being alive, being alive!