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Stephen Sondheim dead at 91
Chit-Chat seems an inappropriate place this but I can't find anywhere more suitable.

Stephen Sondheim born 1930, died at the age of 91.  He was a composer who revolutionise musicals but strangely only ever had a number 1 hit: Send in the clowns.

A myriad of artists have tried to sing it, mostly with dire results.  Frank Sinatra admitted that  he had no idea what the song was about, Barbara Striesland emoted her way through it, Judy Collins treated like a dirge.

To truly understand the song one has to see a performance of "A Little Night Music" and then everything comes clear.  It is sung by a now older and fading lady who realises that  she has loved and lost.  I think that this performance conveys everything:

Thank you Stephen Sondheim for having given us such gems.  You might have left us but we still have your music.
"You can be young without money but you can't be old without money"
Maggie the Cat from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." by Tennessee Williams

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