A Little Night Music
Original Broadway Cast
1973/1998: Sony Classical/Columbia/Legacy SK 65284
I think I saw a production of this in London in 1994, but honestly thats a blur in my memory. While Send in the Clowns is obviously the gem in this musicals numbers (if not this lamentably anemic performance by Glynis Johns), for me its Remember that most bewitches me on this recording. And You Must Meet My Wife is fun, sure, but The Millers Son is probably the most viscerally important song here simultaneously laudable, enviable, tawdry, and bittersweet, nonetheless retrospectively excellent advice. Still, that advice can be equally read as wise or foolish. Im in the Wise camp as an advocate of indulgence, because regret is too nasty a force if its given what-ifs to feed on instead of I-dids. The Millers Son is a reminder that we need to take what we can get while we can, to put it bluntly, and thats no trivial observation: get you some while you still can, honey, and reconcile the rest. I didnt act on enough of those possibilties in my life, and my life didnt actually deliver many anyway, so the way this issue played out for me is probably moot but remains poignantly grim. Life may not provide those opportunities, but act on them then it does.
And a girl has to celebrate what passes by.
Comments © 2008 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.