This is a paragraph from a piece about On the Town that I wrote for a now-defunct magazine called Civilization. I ran across it the other day in my files:
I sometimes wonder what inspired Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Leonard Bernstein to write a song like “Some Other Time.” They were so young in 1944: how could they possibly have known of the quickness with which time robs us of the things we love? I once stood in the hallway of an intensive-care ward, waiting for a friend to die, and the words and music of “Some Other Time” kept running through my head: Where has the time all gone to?/Haven’t done half the things we want to/Oh, well, we’ll catch up/Some other time.
The friend, by the way, was Nancy LaMott. And yes, I still wonder.
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Monica Zetterlund and the Bill Evans Trio perform “Some Other Time” on Norwegian TV in 1965. Chuck Israels is the bassist, Larry Bunker the drummer: