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Mde oSo muchf what I could say in a review Soie of Sondheim s lovely bookf lyrics Finishing the Hat is touched upon by singersongwriter Paul Simon in an article he wrote for The New York Times will Mmoires only add mywn thoughts which are wordy because I love the man When I was a freshman in my rural Iowa high school I took vocal lessons with a local college instructor Hollis Dobref who later went Ordesa on to work with Jason Smith to develop up and coming jazz artists at The School for Music Vocations The school didn t start until 1991 when I wasff in college 70 miles away I didn t have a lot Vladivostok of musical knowledgeutside f classical band and choral stuff we sang my family s Ella Fitzgerald collection and late 70s and 80s radio music My first song with Hollis was I Remember Sky from Stephen Sondheim s TV musical Evening PrimroseI was fascinated by the images the dark and apocalyptic feel f the lyricsI remember leavesGreen as spearmintCrisp as paperI remember treesBare as coat racksSpread like broken umbrellasI went to ur small high school library I graduated in a class f less than a hundred but found almost nothing Morphine on Sondheim I went tour miniscule Matilda J Gibson Memorial Library camilove our town population had atne point topped 8000 but has since been hovering in the low 7000s and found albums Lettres of A Little Night Music Gypsy West Side Story and Sweeney Todd Then I was hooked I went tour community college library which was run by my foster mom and found even A Funny Thing Happened Phdre on the Way to the Forum Company FolliesI never foundut much about Evening Primrose until college I hid my love Phdre of Sondheim s complex cerebral music and lyrics in small town Iowa I was scared closeted and sill primarily addicted to playsThis book his major lyrics up to 1984 was a gift for Christmas it s also a clear indication that I have left my self imposed hiding I sat and listened to many recordings as I read the lyrics thoughts and anecdotes Sondheim isnly snippy and gossipy Contes once and he eschews criticizing living lyricists Finishing the Hat isnly a partial picture he still has to cover 1984 Mde on and there are several small songs I hope he includesne Gorgiques offs like I Never Do Anything Twice and the music from the film Dick Tracy Also you cannot hear his artistic anddd stirring composition unless you do what I did curling up with the book and taking it slow listening to several cast recordings and artist albums Wow that was self indulgent and gay Liol of meI will say this about Sondheim s supposed lackf heart and hummable tunes I fell in love with the complexity the intricacy Joker of his lyrics I loved that you had to listen to the music several times to understand the structure My friends will tell you I simply live for being exposed to intellectually and emotionally challenging ideas I have always loved things that combine humor with thought provoking ideas and I think very few artists in any medium do that as well as SondheimOtherwise I agree with Paul Simon Sondheim has challenged and changed the modern theatrical landscape for the better I agree with Broadway star Mandy Patinkin that Sondheim may well be the Shakespearef Iphignie our age I also agree with Simon when he says a simple lyricr clich after a complex lyric r image may help the audience breathe this is something Sondheim just does not do Sondheim piles n ideas and imagery and witty turns Enfance of phrase and intricate rhymesne after the Germinal other not allowing his audience to breathe In fact have been holding my breath since that day in 1984 I first met his workI ll include the lyrics to A Little Priest from Sweeney Todd For the two people who don t know the story Victorian barber Todd has just murdered a man blackmailing him He s also ravaged with fury plotting revengen the world for the injustices he faced He plans to kill again His landlady the besotted pie seller Mrs Lovett has a brilliant idea for getting rid Nord of Todd s bodiesMRS LOVETTSeems a downright shameTODD ShameLOVETTSeems an awful wasteSuch a nice plump frameWot s is name hasHadHasNor it can t be tracedBus ness needs a liftDebts to be erasedThinkf it as thriftAs a giftIf you get my driftNoSeems an awful wasteI mean with the price Epp of meatWhat it isWhen you get itIf you get itTODD HAHLOVETTGood you got itTake for instance Mrs Mooney and her pie shopBus ness never better usingnly pussycats and toastAnd a pussy s good for maybe six Cris or seven at the mostAnd I m sure they can t compare as far as tasteSimultaneouslyTODDMrs Lovett what a charming notionLOVETTWell it does seem a wasteTODDEminently practicalAnd yet appropriate as alwaysLOVETTIt s an ideaTODDMrs Lovett how I ve livedWithout you all these years I ll never knowHow delectableAlso undetectableLOVETTThink about itLotsf Hilda other gentlemen llSoon be comin for a shaveWon t theyThinkfAll themPiesTODDHow choiceHowRareTODDFor what s the sound Hippie of the worldut thereLOVETTWhat Mr ToddWhat Mr ToddWhat is that soundTODDThose crunching noises pervading the airLOVETTYes Mr ToddYes Mr ToddYes all aroundTODDIt s man devouring man my dearBOTHAnd LOVETT Then who are we to deny it in hereTODD spoken These are desperate timesMrs Lovett and desperate measures are called forLOVETT Here we are now Hot Papillon outf the venTODD What is thatLOVETTIt s priest Have a little priestTODDIs it really goodLOVETTSir it s too good at leastThen again they don t commit sins f the fleshSo it s pretty freshTODDAwful lot Rythmes of fatLOVETTOnly where it satTODDHaven t you got poetr something like thatLOVETTNo y see the trouble with poet is Ow do you know it s deceasedTry the priestTODD spoken HeavenlyNot as hearty as bishop perhapsbut then again not as bland as curate eitherLOVETTAnd good for business too always leaves you wantin Trouble is we Appia only get itn SundaysLawyer s rather niceTODDIf it s for a priceLOVETTOrder something else though to followSince no ne should swallow it twiceTODDAnything that s leanLOVETTWell then if you re British and twiceTODDAnything that s leanLOVETTWell then if you re British and might enjoy Royal MarineAnyway it s cleanThough f course it tastes Caligula of wherever it s beenTODDIs that suireOn the fireLOVETTMercy no sir look closerYou ll notice it s grocerTODDLooks thickerMore like vicarLOVETTNo it has to be grocer It s greenTODDThe historyf the world my love LOVETTSave a lot Flures of gravesDo a lotf relatives favorsTODDIs those below serving those up aboveLOVETTEv rybody shavesSo there should be plenty Hamlet of flavorsTODDHow gratifying fornce to knowBOTHThat those above will serve those down belowLOVETT spoken Now let s see here We ve got tinkerTODD Something pinkerLOVETT TailorTODD PalerLOVETT ButlerTODD SubtlerLOVETT PotterTODD HotterLOVETT LocksmithLovely bit Brnice of clerkTODDMaybe for a larkLOVETTThen again there s sweepIf you want it cheapAnd you like it darkTry the financierPeakf his careerTODDThat looks pretty rankLOVETTWell he drankIt s a bankCashierNever really soldMaybe it was meline oldTODDHave you any BeadleLOVETTNext week so I m toldBeadle isn t bad till you smell it andNoticew well it s been greasedStick to priestspoken Now then this might be a little bit stringybut then Lettre Laurence of course it s fiddle playerTODD No this isn t fiddle player it s piccolo playerLOVETT Ow can you tellTODD It s piping hotLOVETT Then blown it firstTODDThe history f the world my sweet LOVETTOh Mr ToddOoh Mr ToddWhat does it tellTODDIs who gets eaten and who "Gets To EatLOVETTAnd Mr ToddToo " to eatLOVETTAnd Mr ToddToo ToddWho gets to sellTODDBut fortunately it s also clearBOTHThat L But ev rybody goes down well with beerLOVETT spokenSince marine doesn t appeal to you w about rear admiralTODD Too salty I prefer generalLOVETT With Andy and His Yellow Frisbee or without his privates With is extraTODD What is thatLOVETTIt s fopFinest in the shopAnd we have some shepherd s pie pepperedWith actual shepherdn topAnd I ve just begun Here s the politician so Sydney oilyIt s served with a doilyHaveneTODDPut it Blade of Dishonor (Omnibus Edition) on a bunWell you never know if it s going to runLOVETTTry the friarFried it s drierTODDNo the clergy is reallyToo coarse and too mealyLOVETTThen actorThat s compacterTODDYes and always arrivesverdoneI ll come

Again When You Have JUDGE 
when you have JUDGE the menuLOVETT spoken Wait True we don t have judge yetbut we ve got something you might fancy even betterTODD What s thatLOVETT ExecutionerTODDHave charity towards the world my petLOVETTYes yes I know my loveTODDWe ll take the customers that we can getLOVETTHigh born and low my loveTODDWe ll not discriminate great from smallNo we ll serve anyoneMeaning anyoneBOTHAnd to anyoneAt all When I first heard about this book I wasn t too excited For some reason I was under the impression that it was just a collection f the lyrics Nice to have but really not that necessary since ahem I already know them all by heart I dutifully rdered the book from the library though this is Sondheim we re talking about after all When it came in and I took a closer look at it I realized how wrong I d been and immediately sat down and started reading This is the book Sondheim fans have been waiting for and it was a great great pleasure to read it Far from being just the lyrics the book has a wealth Moscardino of material about the songs the productions and musical theater in generalIncluded are a brief preface in which Sondheimutlines his mantra for lyric writing a general introduction and a short essay Shiver on rhyme After the introductory materials come the lyrics for all the shows from Saturday Night in 1954 to Merrily We Roll Along in 1981 Thre. Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys an Academy Award seven Grammys a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors His career has spanned than half a century his lyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture and in Finishing the Hat titled after perhaps his most autobiographical song from Sunday in the Park with George Sondheim has notnly collected his lyrics for the first time he is giving readers a rare personal look into his life as well as his remarkable productionsAlong with the lyrics for all f his musicals from 1954 to 1981 including West Side Story Company Follies A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd Sondheim treats us to never before pub. ,

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Aded throughout the lyrics are Sondheim s notes about specific songs and the conditions f their writing as well as how and why he made certain creative decisions Along the way Sondheim gives us critical commentary about many f the great lyricists He comments n none who are still living though speaking ill exclusively f the dead seems to me the gentlemanly thing to do he writesIt s fascinating to hear Sondheim mention Noel Coward as a writer whose lyrics I cordially but intensely dislike and to find ut why later in the book r to learn that he is bored by Gilbert and Sullivan r that he considers Dorothy Fields the most underrated Huey piano Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues of the major lyricists Irving Berlin Cole Porter Ira Gershwin Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein amongthers all come in for close examination Even interesting are Sondheim s views f his wn work as well as the insights he You Were Always On My Mind offers into how he writes For instance he saysf The Road You Didn t Take from Follies In the interest Chine : Dans les monts de la lune of full disclosure I should add that the last two lines make me glow with self satisfaction There is a detailed explanationf how he had to just make up many Lego Crazy Action Contraptions: A Lego Inventions Book (Klutz) of the vulgar words in the Beggarwoman s song from Sweeney Todd since he couldn t figureut how to find a source for authentic 19th century Cockney slang He also includes a bowdlerized version Power Revealed of the verse that he wrote for school and sueamish regional productions Elsewhere he commentsn his annoyance when people mistakenly assume that the title song from Anyone Can Whistle is autobiographical To believe that it is my credo is to believe that I m the prototypical Repressed Intellectual and that explains everything about me Later in the book he tells us that The nly song I ve written which is an immediate expression f a personal internal experience is Finishing the Hat from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe book ends with Merrily We Roll Along leaving all Lud-in-the-Mist of the musicals from 1981nward including all Chasing the Dream Anthology of his collaborations with James Lapine for a promised second volume With a great sensef drama Sondheim concludes this volume with the words then I met James Lapine What a cliffhanger I ll be waiting utside the doors f the bookstore when volume two is due to come ut I m fascinated by people who love their work and take it seriously so even if I wasn t a musicals fan I probably would ve enjoyed this book The subtitle describes it pretty well this is a collection f Sondheim s lyrics from the first half Shuck of his career along with his commentary about the processf writing the lyrics and creating the shows He also gives uncensored Romance and Legend of Chivalry (Myths and Legends Series) opinionsn The Formation of Islamic Art other lyricists work which are saved from seeming brutal by theirbvious sincerity and by the fact that he is just as hard Beam Ends on himself Only veryccasionally does he veer into seeming a bit spiteful and then mostly about criticsThis ダンジョン飯 5 [Dungeon Meshi 5] offers fascinating insight into the processf writing lyrics and the theatre world I read every bit Addicted to a Savage: A Hood Love Story of commentary even that about shows I m not familiar with and I can t wait for the second volume Look I Made a Hat Collected Lyrics 1981 2011 With Attendant Comments Amplifications Dogmas Harangues Wafflings Diversions and Anecdotes Stephen Sondheim wrote allf FINISHING THE HAT covering roughly the first half f his musical career 1954 81 He reprints the lyrics and ffers side remarks as to what was going n at the times these shows were composed This period embraces WEST SIDE STORY for which he wrote the lyrics also A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM words and music both ditto that daring pair COMPANY and FOLLIES ca 1970 Also in this volume are A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC PACIFIC OVERTURES and thers To style this generous coffee table ish book in part Grudges Whines and Anecdotes may have been a little too self deprecating but in so doing Sondheim did grant himself leave to digress which he does upon Torment (Fallen, occasion Never mind even the digressions are worthwhile After reading FINISHING THE HAT you realize you needn t have bothered with about two thirdsf the writing by critics and journalists in ther books and media who are not Stephen Sondheim Followed by LOOK I MADE A HAT I do realize that the earlier book in seuence is called FINISHING THE HAT while the latter ne is called LOOK I MADE A HAT 1981 2011 and that they d make better sense if the titles had been switched but since this is Stephen Sondheim I m One That Got Away of no mind to uibble Note If buying new the canny consumer can usually get a discount if the two vols are purchased simultaneouslyPhoto Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein 1955 I poked away at this for years dipping in andut before finally finishing this week Sheer genius Can t wait to crack Volume 2 What does it mean to make art Does the artist create and nurture his work Nightmare on Wall Street or does it feedn him consuming his life until he is forever finishing the hat Paging through Stephen Sondheim s recent memoircommentaryanthology I couldn t help wonderingIn his book Sondheim discusses the principles and heresies The Chairs' Hiatus of lyric composition at the levelf a technical master analyzing himself and his deceased contemporaries with all the precision f his wn best lyrics He writes as he is a curmudgeonly veteran Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic of the stage who spares nothing and none from criticism Having performed Sondheim musicals Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart on the stage I am familiar with the challenge his work presents to performers and audiences but it wasnly by reading Sondheim s Caged in Spirit own meticulous notes that I discovered an inklingf his true genius His lyrics are simple even conversational and elaborate each syllable and consonant contending with and complimenting the score By some strange alchemy Sondheim reconciles the maxims Less is and God is in the details And yet these clear true beautiful lyrics are from a man with a bleak loveless childhood a gay man who has never sustained a long term relationship in his 20 plus years ut f the closet The book Friday Night Stage Lights offers no bridge to that gap except to invite the conclusion that Sondheim like Georgef Sunday in the Park is always finishing the hat distracted from real life by the art he draws it from All in all a fascinating read that like its author both illuminates and fascinates Look I m a music theater buff and a Sondheim freak So it was preordained that I would m a music theater buff and a Sondheim freak So it was preordained that I would this book Actually I was expecting to find it redundant if not nostalgia inducing inasmuch as I have long wned and adored copies f his scores and libretti and near memorized recordings f every Sondheim show save the unloveable mess that is Road Show about which you can read my review elsewhere n Goodreads However I can confidently tell you that ANYbody with even a PASSing interest in theater would delight in reading this book It kicks Les Tuniques Bleues prsentent - tome 2 - Les chevaux dans l'arme off with an extended and fascinating essayn what distinguishes song lyrics from poetry proceeds chronologically through Sondheim s writings including lyrics to cut and rewritten songs from the chamber piece Saturday Night it took than 50 years to see produced through to 1981 s Merrily We Roll Along Unlike the Golden Age collections Honey Bunny Funnybunny of lyrics edited by Robert Kimball Sondheim s is heavily interlarded with both contextualizing plot synopses he thanks the effortsf his liner notes authors for their ahem inspiration and Sondheim s Catalogue Of Rubbings Of Brasses And Incised Slabs - Victoria And Albert Museum own annotations witticisms and criticisms It is the latterf these that make this such an invaluable book it s chock full Drying of Biomass, Biosolids, and Coal: For Efficient Energy Supply and Environmental Benefits of insight not just to Sondheim s work ethic but to his attitudes about lyric writing in generalBut wait there s In addition to collecting lyrics from thirteen different shows Finishing the Hat is fullf great examples that illustrate his principles from various writers including Dorothy Parker as well as constructively critical assessments Heres to Us of his professional predecessors Oscar Hammerstein Noel Coward Alan Jay Lerner Ira Gershwin Frank Loesser et al Bestf all the book is rich with photostats f handwritten early drafts and you can thereby see the master at work it s all about filling the margins with a brainstormed thesaurus f useable phrases and coupletsSondheim makes no bones about being both The Testament of Marcellus opinionated and rigid when it comes to the subjectf lyric writing I ve already written about this in the comments to GoodReader Trevor s typically excellent review Khana Pugos, Dina Pugos of Jay Parini s Why Poetry Matters In the contextf Parini Trevor uotedRoyal Society f Literature Fellow and OBE Don Paterson s distinction between poetry and song lyrics which I found to dovetail uite nicely with Sondheim s pinionsFrom pp xvii xviii f the Introduction Sondheim writesMusical theater Lyrics even poetic nes are not poems Poems are written to be read silently Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe or aloud not sungPoetry is an artf concision lyrics Der Sieger nimmt alles of expansion Poems dependn packed images n resonance and juxtaposition n density Every reader absorbs a poem at his wn pace inflecting it with his wn rhythms stresses and tone The tempo is dictated less by what the poet intends than by the reader s comprehension All A Matter of Perception (urban fantasy, metaphysical magical realism stories) of us as we read poetry prose too slow down speed up even stop to reread whenverwhelmed by the extravagance the images r confused the grammatical eccentricities The poet may guide us with punctuation and layout and seduce us with the subtle abutment f words and sounds but it is we readers who supply the musical treatmentPoetry can be set to music gracefully as Franz Schubert and a long line Before the Garden: God's Eternal Continuum ofthers have proved but poetry doesn t need music. Lished songs from each show songs that were cut The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age or discarded before seeing the lightf day He discusses his relationship with his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II and his collaborations with extraordinary talents such as Leonard Bernstein Arthur Laurents Ethel Merman Richard Rodgers Angela Lansbury Harold Prince and a panoply Yuppies Invade My House at Dinnertime: A Tale of Brunch, Bombs, and Gentrification in an American City ofthers The anecdotes filled with history pointed Winterspring observations and intimate details transport us back to a time when theater was a major pillarf American culture Best Levi's Ultimatum of all Sondheim appraises his work and dissects his lyrics as well as thosef thers ffering unparalleled insights into songwriting that will be studied by fans and aspiring songwriters. .
Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and AnecdotesLyrics doLyrics are not light verse either Light verse doesn t demand music because it supplies its Le tonton de Max et Lili est en prison - tome 95 (95) own All those emphatic rhythms ringing rhymes repeated refrains the poem sings as it s being read This is why The Pied Piper has never been set well take away the singsong and you destroy the poem keep it in the music and you bore the listener mercilessly with rhythmic repetition Music tends to hammer light verse into monotonyr shatter its grace Light verse is complete unto itself Lyrics by definition lack something if they don t they re probably not good lyricsHowever to cite but J. A. P. Cousin. Voyages gastronomiques au pays de France. Le Lyonnais, les Savoies, la Savoie, la Provence, la Cte-d'Azur, la Corse, l'Algrie, la Tunisie, le Maroc, Rhne, Ain, Alpes-Maritimes, Drme, Hautes-Alpes, Basses-Alpes, Vaucluse, Bouches-du-Rhne, Haute-Savoie, Isre, Savoie, Var, Principaut de Monaco one counter example I ve always thought that Samuel Coleridge Taylor s settingf Longfellow s Song f Hiawatha was both fun and also true to the light verse riginal without being sing songy So notwithstanding Sondheim s incredible talent vast experience and estimable success as against my utter non entitude I m not sure I m prepared to agree with the man 100%Examples KIDNAPPING KILEY (A erotic tale of bondage, domination, sadism and masochism of his extreme fussiness abound Take this line from Silly Peoplea contemptuously chromatic song cut from A Little Night Music p 279 When now it smilesIt smiles for loversWhen next it smilesIt smiles for foolsThe last it smilesIt smiles for themThethersThe rememberersThe truly silly people There s probably some Hammerstein influence here Hello Young Lovers from The King and I and perhaps a bit f Lorenz Hart as well Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered from Pal Joey Sondheim s rightfully proud f the song as a whole which was cut for reasons العرقية والقومية: وجهات نظر أنثروبولوجية (عالم المعرفة، of pacing and character but then he finds it necessary to addOne point in the lyric worth noting the unfortunate juxtapositionf lovers and My Reputation others When a musical parallel seems to call for a rhyme and either none is availabler it would neaten the structure too much the solution is to use two words which sonically have nothing to do with each The American Way of Life: Fotomontajes: 1952-1966 other so that the ear doesn t register them as a near miss That had been for me anyhow a problem with Together Wherever We Go in Gypsy where at the endf the chorus Together and Wherever were sung slowly sounding as if they should rhyme In that case the fogginess f the near rhyme was partly mitigated by the two words coming together in the title so that it seemed part f the fabric Fly, Little Bird of the lyric Here the wordthers was the nly word that I wanted to use and I couldn t avoid the juxtaposition Much as I like this song the sound f With Two Oars: Reflections on Sculling others still makes the word a wrong choice Given comments like thisne might suppose that Sondheim would accede to the idea that a computer program could be devised which through algorithm and dictionary alone as QUEBEC 5ED -FRANCAIS- opposed to databasesf exemplars could consistently churn Siddhartha outriginal and emotionally resonant works with few if any boners No doubt there are AI s あずみ(26) Resolute Blade (ビッグコミックス) out there that produce good facsimilesf poetry and song I ve heard some great MIDI fractal generators which fed enough pieces to analyze can ccasionally mimic music composition fairly well and no doubt either that eventually a Kurzweill will produce a program that devises ne When Magoo Flew: The Rise and Fall of Animation Studio UPA or pieces which an educated musicologist cannot distinguish as automated inrigin though I would nonetheless credit the programmer for the A Heart Mended output I don t ultimately see a distinction between the creative abilitiesf human versus artificial intelligence I just think that any effective artistic statement reuires variation among a set f ne Her Hot New Daddy - A Pseudo Incest Erotica Story or many factors including changeable rules and input while strict adherence to ane size fits all approach will be sterile While I don t dare dispute that good works can be found to adhere to articulatable principles and that craft can be found in the consistent application Primacy of those principles I guess I would take issue with Sondheim s view that there is an invariable RIGHT way to compose lyrics musicr what have youSondheim even goes so far as to argue that each f his shows respective sets f lyrics has an essence and existence distinct and independent from ne another as pposed to displaying a uniue personal style with the homogeneity The Green Berets: The Amazing Story of the U. S. Army's Elite Special Forces Unit of voice and tone he finds within the worksf Cole Porter Irving Berlin Lorenz Hart Ira Ge There is nobody like Sondheim Much as I love Cole Porter and the Rogers and Hart and Rogers and Hammerstein musicals it s Sondheim who sings to meThis collection The Curse of the Jade Dragon of lyrics to his musicals from West Side Story in 1957 to Merrily We Roll Along in 1981 is enlightening Sondheim introduces each show includes the lyrics to songs that were cut and explains the dynamics between him and the producer director writerf the book choreographer and composer if he was writing nly the lyrics as in West Side Story Apparently Jerome Robbins was the strongest character working n that show and even Leonard Bernstein would sneak La condition humaine out to a bar and line up shotsf whisky when Robbins went n a rampageSondheim is apparently known for writing beautiful songs for failed musicals such as Merrily We Roll Along which lasted nly 16 performances and Anyone Can Whistle which lasted 9 despite its starring Angela Landsbury and Lee Remick But Come for Cholent of coursethers were enormous hits like Gypsy A Funny Thing Happened n the Way to the Forum and Company My favorite Sondheim show A Little Night Music was made into a deplorably weak movie which is unfortunate as most people don t "Get A Chance To See "a chance to see show n the stageThe title Finishing the Hat is taken from Sunday in the Park With George which Sondheim discusses in the second Naruto dj - シネマイグラフテイ [Cinema Graffiti] of his booksf annotated lyrics Look I Made a Hat which covers 1981 2011 I mean yeah I don t know how else to rate this It s n a totally different scale than a novel r whatever If you are interested in musical theater in general and in Sondheim in particular then bviously this book Is For You But Also If You Are Interested In for you But also if You Are Interested In About How are interested in learning about how writer who is EXTREMELY GOOD at what he does actually does what he does you might want to look at this There is tons f good writing advice packed in here and a lot American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II of fascinating critical self dissection along the linesf that Community post mortem Dan Harmon did in the AV Club There are a bunch fastText Quick Start Guide: Get started with Facebook's library for text representation and classification (English Edition) of parts where Sondheim pointsut egregious errors in his work In time honored and universally cherished songs Songs you love and know by heart And he points Cosplay made in Japan out problems you probably never even noticed and will now not be able to unsee But for every I never should have done that and I can t believe that at the time I couldn t thinkf a better way to finish that line moment there is a moment where he points to something and says See what I did there That s really good And it s great It s totally entertaining and fascinating and useful Overall this is a great lesson in the importance f constraints in writing Because man does he have to work with constraints It has to not nly make sense but it has to rhyme And the part at the beginning where he talks about the different kinds To Quench A Thirst of rhyme and whynly perfect rhymes matter was fascinating and made me want to re evaluate the lyrics f songwriters who we consider to be really good lyricists Because maybe there is a lost art thing happening there in popular music Maybe AND also about constraints there are a number f examples where some Confounding Cupid of the best songsf his career were 3rd The Prison Reform Movement: Forlorn Hope or 4th draftsr last minute additions to the show written in hotel rooms in Boston The show wasn t working he needed to fix it It s not done until it s done The amount Vintage Knit Hats: 21 Patterns for Timeless Fashions of cut songs in here is mind blowing He just writes and writes and writes and keeps going until it s done and then still keeps going after it s done It s really inspiring I haven t read the whole book I m skipping around from show to show and enjoying it but this was at 5 stars after the first few sections I read Company A Little Night Music in my caseReally really looking forward to the 2nd volumef this so we can dig into Assassins and the second acts f Sunday In the Park With George and Into the Woods about which I have Opinions so I cannot wait to see how they mesh and clash with His pinions A Bow for Mr SondheimStephen Sondheim Will probably forever be regarded as the finest lyricist the musical stage has known with apologies to librettist W S Gilbert r Gilbert and Sullivan fame He has always taken n stories that encourage no force the audience to relate to his ideas whether that be in the early stages f his career with the magnum pus West Side Story Culture Shock! Japan or with the subseuent Gypsy Pacific Overtures Follies Sundays in the Park with George Company Sweeney Todd A Little Night Music etc But while most everyone knows the lyrics to his large numberf hits few f us know the secrets r gossip Yedek Parça or the lyricists real feelings about eachf his ventures until now This book is a very well written compendium f the lyrics in every phase f their being notes ideas misjudgments and personal responses to the shows and the people involved with them Sondheim is brilliant not nly at what he has done for a living but also as a thinker and philosopher and pundit Reading this book as pposed to scanning this book pens windows f insight into the career and the personality Lampes antiques du Golfe de Fos. Collections du Muse d'Istres et du Service du Patrimoine de Fos-sur-Mer, Production et consommation ofne The Billionaire's Blackmailed Bride of America s treasures There is so much to enjoy about this book that it will take several readings to absorb it all It is a welcome addition to the librariesf all those who care about the stage musicals that are Mongodb Basics onef the few uniue La La Rose offeringsf this country to the world f music Grady Harp. For years to come Accompanying Sondheim’s sparkling writing are behind the scenes photographs from each production along with handwritten music and lyrics from the songwriter’s personal collection Penetrating and surprising poignant funny and sometimes provocative Finishing the Hat is not nly an informative look at the art and craft Bruises and Hickies, Stitches and Scars of lyric writing it is a historyf the theater that belongs n the same literary shelf as Moss Hart’s Act One and Arthur Miller’s Timebends It is also a book that will leave you humming the final bars f Merrily We Roll Along while eagerly anticipating the next volume which begins with the Anne Boleyn and Me: The Diary of Elinor Valjean, London, 1525-1536 opening linesf Sunday in the Park with George.