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.
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