The song of the day for Tuesday, March 22, 2016 is “Being Alive.”
About This Song
“Being Alive” is the closing song in the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical Company, which ran on Broadway for 705 performances. Company was nominated for fourteen Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Hal Prince), Best Book of a Musical (George Furth), Best Original Music and Best Original Lyrics as well as Best Scenic Design (Boris Aronson). D.A. Pennebaker made a documentary of the recording of the original cast album, recorded by Columbia Records at the 30th Street Studio, that was released in 2006.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Being Alive” in 2004 for his album The Art of Romance. The arrangement is by Lee Musiker.
“Being Alive,” as well as The Art of Romance, is available from iTunes.
Today, we wish composer Stephen Sondheim a very happy 86th birthday. Company was the first production I saw on Broadway; I still remember every moment as if it was yesterday. Thank you for all the wonderful productions. I love them all.