The Top 10 Songs by Stephen Sondheim

By Ben Rimalower
28 Sep 2013

5. "Losing My Mind"

 

 



"Losing My Mind" is another Sondheim song written in the style of a particular pop song genre — in this case the torch songs of the 1930s. But somehow, through the richness of Sondheim's words and the depth of feeling they portray, you might be moved by "Losing My Mind," even if you're not a fan of torch songs of the 1930s. The lyrics offer a ride on romantic obsession's irresistibly slippery slope from the everyday coffee cup and afternoon chores to questioning one's own sanity. It ain't pretty, but god, is it pretty. And the second time through, after the instrumental interlude, when the stakes are raised and the singer's voice is at full throttle, "Losing My Mind" is absolutely thrilling.

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