Monday, August 09, 2010

Musical Monday

I'm on vacation. But thanks to auto-publishing, no one has to know that I'm not slaving away at my computer, thinking of interesting things to write about! Ha-ha internets, I win! (Oh, wait...)

Okay, to the post!

I've been looking for a vacation-y song, but really just couldn't find one that I liked. But one that came up a couple of times was Saturday in the Park by Chicago. Which is a pretty fun song. But not my favorite.

But it reminded me of one of my favorite paintings, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. And that reminded me of a beautiful musical by Stephen Sondheim called Sunday in the Park with George.

The title of this song is Sunday, and it's the last song in the first act. I think the harmonies in this are absolutely gorgeous, and I love the performance by Mandy Patinkin in this one. I've never heard a song about a painting that so moved me. I think Sondheim just captured the beauty and elegance of Seurat's painting in song.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Sunday, by the blue purple yellow red water
On the green purple yellow red grass
Let us pass through our perfect park
Pausing on a Sunday

By the cool blue triangular water
On the soft green elliptical grass
As we pass through arrangements of shadow
Toward the verticals of trees

By the blue purple yellow red water
On the green orange violet mass of the grass
In our perfect park

Made of flecks of light
And dark
And parasols
Bum bum bum bum bum bum
Bum bum bum

People strolling through the trees
Of a small suburban park
On an island in the river
On and ordinary Sunday

What song says "vacation" to you? 
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