You Can't Stop The Beat: Top Ten Songs By Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

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21 Dec 2013

Kerry Butler in Catch Me If You Can
photo by Joan Marcus
7. "Fly, Fly Away" from Catch Me If You Can

I remember having an intense emotional reaction to "Fly, Fly Away" when I saw Kerry Butler sing it in Catch Me If You Can on Broadway. And then, again, when I watched every video of the song that I could find online. And then, again, when I saw Catch Me If You Can a second time. There's something haunting about it. Maybe it's the idea of loving someone enough to set them free. Maybe it's the soulful melody that just gets in your head. I couldn't stop listening to it and singing it and feeling that longing that I experienced in the theatre. Ironically, for a song about flying away, it stays with you.


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