from Steven Blier:
For the last few years my spouse and I have been separated on his birthday, and last April we were apart on our anniversary too. By now I’ve gotten used to postponed celebrations, and find they’re sometimes even better than the perfectly-timed ones. As a stop-gap measure today, I sent him a voice memo: a Juilliard voice-faculty member and one of my students singing a lusty “Happy birthday,” tossed off with impromptu fervor and some real vocal plush. But this evening, I sent him this song. It comes from the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, and it was written by Jeanine Tesori. In my experience, she is a composer who is at her best writing pastiche numbers. While her prize-winning musical Fun Home didn’t appeal to me at all (and yes, I know I am in the minority), this ardent tune crept under my radar the first time I heard it. It always makes me cry.