Monday It’s Monday, let’s get All the Things Done!
Largo al Factotum – Thomas Hampson, Baritone
Here a young Thomas Hampson is a guest artist at a New Year’s Eve production of Die Fledermaus. It’s traditional for surprise guests to show up during the second act, a big party scene. You never can tell who’s going to show up.
Largo al factotum
Make way for the city’s servant.
Off to the shop soon. It is already dawn.
Ah, what a beautiful life, what lovely pleasure
For a barber of quality!
Ah, worthy Figaro! Worthy, superb!
Most fortunate for sure!
Ready to do anything, night and day,
Always around and about.
A better Cockaigne for a barber,
A nobler life, there is none.
Razors and combs, lancets and scissors
Are all here at my command.
There is also resourcefulness, in the trade,
With the young lady, with the young man.
Everyone asks for me. Everyone wants me:
Women, boys, the elderly, girls.
Here this wig; quickly this beard;
Here this bleeding, quickly this note;
“Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” etc.
Alas, what a fury! Alas, what a crowd!
One at a time, for charity’s sake!
“Hey, Figaro!” Here I am!
Figaro here, Figaro there,
Figaro up, Figaro down.
Swift, swifter, like lightning I am.
I am the city’s servant.
Ah, worthy Figaro! Worthy, superb;
Fortune will not fail you.
I am the city’s servant!
And here is another approach.
Tuesday Dancing in the Dark – from The Band Wagon, with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse (4:01)
Wednesday Visited by many small children.
Thursday Small Children all over the place!
Friday Diablo Rojo – Rodrigo y Gabriela (3:24)
Sunday Summertime – Porgy and Bess – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Announcement: I’ve decided that this next week will be the last for Song of the Day. We appear to be through our pandemic isolation, and people are able to be out and about. We can perform and listen to live music, and I would say Song of the Day has served its purpose. I certainly enjoyed doing it!
If you have any requests, or want to tell me your favorites, I’d love to know!