Ruth Leon recommends…Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen SondheimRuth Leon recommends
Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim
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Since Stephen Sondheim died in November, peacefully at home after a good Thanksgiving Dinner with friends, every singer and musician in the known world has pulled together a tribute show to him, ransacking his huge songbook for songs that suit their particular style.
I came across this one from Judy Collins, more folk singer than show singer, and was struck anew at the individualism of the artist, at her ability to put her particular stamp on songs we know well.
Everyone in the music business made a version of Send in the Clowns in the ‘70s but it was Judy Collins’ interpretation that took the song to the top of the charts and into history. She was a great friend of Sondheim’s and the songs in this show are interspersed with her memories and anecdotes. Lovely.