Full Of Shine And Full Of Sparkle: Top Ten Jerry Herman Songs
07 Dec 2013
9. "Song on the Sand" from La Cage aux Folles
It's hard to think of a love song more beautiful than "Song On The Sand." Thirty years ago, when La Cage aux Folles opened, the story of two men in love, a middle-aged gay couple, was extremely controversial. It's as if Herman set out to create a ballad so evocative and rapturous that it would melt away people's prejudices. Few composers could pull off the device of a character singing "La, da da da, da da da," (to describe lyrics he can't remember) without giving the impression that the song is being short-changed lyrics of its own. Herman knows how to do it right.
Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque Paris, where fashion, glamour, and passion prevail, Lerner and Loewe's celebrated musical is a romantic comedy about one young woman's journey to find her true self... and her true love.