I'm Breaking Down: The Top Ten Songs by William Finn

By Ben Rimalower
16 Nov 2013

9. "Anytime" (from Elegies/cut from A New Brain)

"Anytime" represents a more mature, evolved voice from William Finn, revealing, in song, a character more widely relatable. The message of the lyric — that the singer is gone, but still watching over loved ones, always there "anytime" — is a beautiful take on what we all wish to hear from the people we care about after they die. The music is warm and rich and builds with the words. It's impressive that, in addition to acutely character-specific songs, Finn can give us something so versatile and universal as "Anytime."