The Top 10 Songs by Stephen Sondheim

By Ben Rimalower
28 Sep 2013

4. "Not A Day Goes By"

 

 

Sondheim's songs are so compelling that I find myself thinking of him, the artist behind the song, much the way one does with popular singer-songwriters and rock/pop stars. With so many Sondheim songs written in various musical styles, it's hard to identify the sound of Sondheim. Songs from Merrily We Roll Along seem to be good candidates for this because it's a Sondheim show about characters of his own era, the second half of the 20th century. The same is true of Company, although as I've said, I think that show is musically stylized to paint an aural portrait of city life. There are many great songs in Merrily We Roll Along, but the gorgeous, poignant "Not A Day Goes By" stands out. If Stephen Sondheim is my pop star, then "Not A Day Goes By" is his chart-topping power ballad.

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