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Send in the Clowns
“No matter what your heartache may be,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Just a reminder that summer officially began today.
BONUS #1 - Send in the Clowns - Judy Collins, 1975
BONUS #2 - Send in the Clowns - Judy Collins, Live with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1976
|"Send in the Clowns" is a
Stephen Sondheim for the 1973
A Little Night Music, an adaptation of
Ingmar Bergman's film
Smiles of a Summer Night. It is a
from Act II in which the character Desirée reflects on the ironies and
disappointments of her life. Among other things, she looks back on an
affair years earlier with the lawyer Fredrik. Meeting him after so long,
she finds that he is now in an
unconsummated marriage with a much younger woman. Desirée proposes
marriage to rescue him from this situation, but he declines, citing his
dedication to his bride. Reacting to his rejection, Desirée sings this
song. The song is later reprised as a
coda after Fredrik's young wife runs away with his son, and Fredrik
is finally free to accept Desirée's offer.
Sondheim wrote the song specifically for the actress Glynis Johns, who created the role of Desirée on Broadway. The song is structured with four verses and a bridge, and uses a complex compound meter. It became Sondheim's most popular song after Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1973 and Judy Collins' version charted in 1975 and 1977. Subsequently, Sarah Vaughan, Judi Dench, Grace Jones, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Zarah Leander, Tiger Lillies, Ray Conniff, Glenn Close, Cher and many other artists recorded the song and it became a jazz standard.
The "clowns" in the title do not refer to circus clowns. Instead, they symbolize fools, as Sondheim explained in a 1990 interview:
In a 2008 interview, Sondheim further clarified:
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Ralph Goldstein ('57) AND Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of VA AND Terry Haney ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jim Cobb ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
23 - Bobby Ball ('63) AND Faye Pearce Nalls ('63);
24 - My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA;
25 - David Lundquist ('57) AND the late Glenn Dye ('60)(deceased 11 June 2016) AND Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI;
Fred Eubank ('64) of TX;
27 - Gene Duncan ('60) of VA AND Eddie Mirmelstein ('62) AND Richard Honeycutt ('63) AND Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL AND My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL;
28 - Andrew Puckett ('57) AND Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAYIN WWII:
|June 21, 1942 -
fell to Italian and German forces.
June 21, 1942 - A Japanese submarine surfaced near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland.
June 21, 1945 -The Battle of Okinawa officially ended after 81 days.
THIS DAY IN 1967:
|Wednesday, June 21, 1967 - Comedian, actor, and producer
Jim Breuer was born in
Valley Stream, New York.
Wednesday, June 21, 1967 - Professor of the history of art and a new flag for the city of St. Louis, Missouri (officially adopted on February 3, 1964), Theodore Sizer (b. 19 Mar 1892 in New York City, New York) died in West Haven, Connecticut at the age of 75.
“This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer
we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities
come, and then they are gone... I believe that among the greatest
lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons
that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not... I
plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you
plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time
to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now.”
-Thomas S. Monson
(b. 21 Aug 1927)
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Bobby Hatten (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA
BONUS CLOWN KNIT AND CROCHET PATTERNS:
BONUS CLOWN RECIPES: