This is a long clip. It’s also from a musical.
If either of those things bother you or leave you disinterested, cool. There’s PUHLENTY of cat videos on YouTube to keep you occupied.
I watched this production (a 2006 revival) of Company on PBS some time ago, and it’s currently available on Netflix Instant, so I rewatched in in the last month. It’s .. amazing. John Doyle is known for his revivals of Sondheim’s works mainly because he has the cast serve as their own orchestra. Which, seriously, JAW DROPPING AWESOME.
This song in particular shakes me to the core for two reasons. 1) Um, duh, it’s a great song. Sung by a confirmed bachelor who suddenly realizes what he’s missing in life – yeah, it hits home to 24-year old me. 2) My senior year, one of my serious BFFs sang this for his recital piece .. also for our graduation .. and tons of other events. Just the first few chords reminds me of the chills that he gave me. Every.Single.Time.
(Said BFF will be in town again soon to perform a fundraising event for an up-and-coming songwriter. More info on that later.)
Here is Raul Esparza knocking the hell out of “Being Alive” from Company.