Monday, October 07, 2013
My Music Monday
The marching band was practicing the entire time and we got to hear "America" from West Side Story - four measures at a time, as they slowly worked their way through the entire number.
Who knew that Notre Dame has such a large Puerto Rican population! Or maybe they have a robust theatre department.
I ll like West Side Story enough, but marching band variations of their songs might end up being a turn-off of the entire soundtrack.
But it got me thinking of a post for today, so.....not a complete loss.
I would venture to say, if someone (anyone) records something from the Sondheim / Bernstein musical, 98.43% of the time, they'd pick "Somewhere"or maybe "Tonight". No one - and I mean, no one - is doing a cover of "Officer Krupke".
So imagine my surprise in 1987 when Don Dixon turned in a cover of "Cool" from his album Romeo at Julliard.
Dixon doesn't deviate too too much from the original arrangement, though I don't really picture clicking fingers and ballet-type leaps on a parking garage either. (that visual is for my cousin who "claims" to have never seen the movie.)
But even he can tolerate a song for less than three minutes. I'm not sure Sondheim ever did better than West Side Story.