The song of the day for Sunday, December 14, 2014 is “Lost in the Stars.”
About This Song
“Lost in the Stars” is from the 1949 musical of the same name, based on the 1948 novel by Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country. It was written by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Set in South Africa in an era when apartheid seemed as if it would never end, the plot concerns a black priest whose son kills, in a robbery attempt, a white man who is a friend of his father. The priest sings this song at the end of the first act, in a complete crisis of faith.
About This Version
This is Tony Bennett’s second recording of this song; he has recorded it several times. Today’s version was recorded in 1958 with Count Basie and His Orchestra. It appears on their album In Person!, released in 1959.
“Lost in the Stars,” as well as the album In Person!, is available from iTunes.