The Best Is Yet to Come

Happy Friday!

With a title like “The Best Is Yet to Come,” today’s song seems like a good one on which to ride into the weekend.

Wikipedia tells me composer Cy Coleman (1929-2004) and lyricist Carolyn Leigh (1926-1983), both of America, wrote it in 1959. They also co-wrote “Bewitched,” another piece sung by American singer, actor and producer Frank Sinatra (1915-1998). I’ve posted only one other Sinatra song on this blog, “Fly Me to the Moon” (and coincidentally, just this week, was wearing the t-shirt featured in that post!).

Sinatra recorded the song in 1964 on his album It Might as Well Be Swing, which featured Count Basie and His Orchestra, directed by Quincy Jones. Many artists have recorded the song, including Tony Bennett (in 1962, before Sinatra), Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), Bob Dylan, Michael Bublé, Chaka Khan, and others.

In a world with so much suffering and negativity, it’s good to experience optimism, and for me, that often comes from the gift of music.

“Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum
You came along and everything started in to hum
Still, it’s a real good bet, the best is yet to come”

(from “The Best Is Yet to Come,” by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh)

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, stay safe, and take care of yourself and others. And savour some music!

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s a live performance by Frank Sinatra at a gala celebration honouring him in 1979, from his YouTube channel:

And the original recording (appearing on one of his compilation albums):

Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of AZLyrics.com.

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