The song of the day for Thursday, July 28, 2016 is “So Far.”
About This Song
“So Far” is from the 1947 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Allegro, which had big shoes to fill, coming on the heels of Oklahoma and Carousel. It ran for nine months, but received mixed reviews and is seldom performed today. A young college student named Stephen Sondheim worked as a go-fer during rehearsals for $25 a week. The British director Cameron Mackintosh once told Sondheim “You know, Steve, you’ve spent your entire life trying to fix the second act of Allegro.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “So Far” for his 1958 album Long Ago and Far Away. The very nice arrangement is by Frank DeVol. I especially like the orchestration on this recording.
“So Far,” as well as Long Ago and Far Away, is available from iTunes.