I'm Still Here – Follies (with Alex Stuive)
Whether it's good times or bum times it's still fun to sit around and talk about this song that can often steal the show. I'm Still Here is a song that's been covered by dozens of artists, but how does it work in the show Follies? Alex Stuive joins Kyle to explain the references and how the music in addition to the lyrics makes this one of Sondheim's best.
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An example of Milton Babbitt. This is his Three Compositions: https://youtu.be/_wmvX_RVvjk
You Must Remember This is a podcast hosted by Karina Longworth. Here's the episode about Yvonne De Carlo: http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/2018/11/12/yvonne-de-carlo-the-seduced-episode-5
Can That Boy Foxtrot! - a cut song from Follies: https://youtu.be/IMMYBcRLA8c
Brother Can You Spare a Dime? - An example of Yip Harburg's lyrics. Sung by Bing Crosby: https://youtu.be/0I8-CbJYGMA
Pick Yourself Up - An example of Dorothy Fields's lyrics. Sung by Ginger Rogers: https://youtu.be/AGUsRGuZb6k
Stormy Weather - An example of Harold Arlen's music. (Sondheim's second favourite composer.) Sung by Lena Horne: https://youtu.be/TPgnj5upihQ
A radio episode of Amos 'n' Andy from 1944: https://youtu.be/y45KLiINuC8
A radio episode of Major Bowes' Amateur Hour from 1939: https://youtu.be/bUzt0ofscjQ
Eartha Kitt singing I'm Still Here at the Olivier Awards: https://youtu.be/j3RQwTNgplY
Barbra Streisand singing I'm Still Here: https://youtu.be/MrxOIeySlqQ
The I'm Still Here scene from the movie Postcards From the Edge: https://youtu.be/g_bbF4K90HA
Elaine Stritch talking about and then singing I'm Still Here: https://youtu.be/--u0kxITaBU
You can purchase Stephen Sondheim's first book of lyrics, Finishing the Hat, by going here: https://amzn.to/2LB9ZJo
We are using three productions to frame our discussion of Follies.
Our sponsor this week are:
- Alberta Podcast Network - https://www.albertapodcastnetwork.com - The Network promotes and supports Alberta-made podcasts, and connects their audiences with Alberta-based businesses and organizations.
The podcast featured this week was Kyle and Dave vs The Machine - https://kdvstm.transistor.fm - A podcast where a sentient machine forces Kyle and Dave to watch films in order to prevent the apocalypse.
- ATB Goodness Grows - atb.com/covid-19/community - an initiative that motivates Albertans to bring joyful moments to others.
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