The Sound of the Crowd

Intro, Song Styles & Commentary


I’m aware that the lyrics that I post in Song Styles are often hopeless, fearful and loveless. Those are, not to put too fine a point on it, messages in bottles: They are where I am and how I feel on those days.

Not today.

Song Styles

Studying the hat,

Entering the world of the hat,

Reaching through the world of the hat

Like a window,

Back to this one from that

Studying a face,

Stepping back to look at a face

Leaves a little space in the way like a window,

But to see-

It’s the only way to see.

And when the woman that you wanted goes,

You say to yourself, “Well, I give what I give.”

But the woman who won’t wait for you knows

That, however you live,

There’s a part of you always standing by,

Mapping out the sky,

Finishing a hat…

Starting on a hat…

Finishing a hat…

Look, I made a hat…

Where there never was a hat…

–Stephen Sondheim, “Finishing the Hat,” from Sunday in the Park with George.

Click below for commentary.

I’ve just finished trying to turn a play I wrote around a year ago into a screenplay. It is, I hope, a better-written, more fleshed out, dare I say (fingers really crossed on this one) more meaningful version of a story about characters I’ve been living with for over a year now.

I’ve no idea. I’m way too close to have any kind of perspective on it now. All I know is one thing:

Look, I made a hat.

Where there never was a hat.

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