MaryAnn Sings: “Send in the Clowns”

I first heard this song a few years ago, a version performed by Barbra Streisand, and I fell in love with it.
Something about the lyrics, and the imagery of sending in the clowns, the emotion in her voice, reminded me of the tragicomedy that is life.
And in the original context of this song, which was written by Stephen Sondheim for the musical “A Little Night Music”, the singer has finally decided to be with the love of her life, only to discover he had already moved on with someone else.
I recently ended a three-year relationship, and while I don’t seem to be as heartbroken as I’ve been before with other far shorter romances in the past, there are many parts of me still coming to terms with this loss, and somehow they were given a chance to express themselves as I made the recording of this song.
I’ve sang this song (to myself) for many years, and now there is a new meaning and a deeper layer of it that I hadn’t felt before. I realize that sometimes the happenings in our lives change our experiences of the music we love, and when we sing the song again, our new story breathes new life into our performance.
So today I’ve shared my heartache through this song.
(Though, I still don’t know where the clowns are. Maybe I’m the clown?)

Song: “Send In The Clowns”
Written by: Stephen Sondheim
For the musical “A Little Night Music”

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