SMALL DAY TOMORROW
Selected Lyrics and Poems by Fran Landesman
In memory of Bob Dorough
(December 12, 1923- April 23, 2018)
In 2006, Richard Connolly, the founder and director of Circumstantial Productions, collaborated with Alan Bates at Candid Records in London and published the first edition of Small Day Tomorrow: Selected Poems and Lyrics by Fran Landesman for the Candid CD release of Bob Dorough’s Small Day Tomorrow: Fran Landesman Revisited. In 2020, Connolly edited a second edition of the book from poems and lyrics written over six decades. The book will serve as a script for a musical revue that will include a new Landesman/Dorough song, “The Man Who Still Tells Fairy Tales.”
A single of that song is included with this limited edition.
“The Man Who Still Tells Fairy Tales”
Fran Landesman, words Bob Dorough, music
Sarah Moule, vocal Simon Wallace, piano
Aralee Dorough, flute & recorder
Colin Gatwood, oboe Corin Gatwood, bass
Circumstantial Productions, December 2020
Born Frances Deitsch in New York City in 1927, Fran Landesman began writing lyrics in the 1950s, when she met t the composer Tommy Wolf. During the first part of the decade, she met Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, whose early lives in New York were the inspiration for one of her most famous songs, “The Ballad of the Sad Young Men,” written with Tommy Wolf for the musical The Nervous Set 1959. Together with “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most,” a song inspired by T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, her lyrics have been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, and many others.
Bob Dorough met Fran Landesman and her husband, the writer and producer Jay Landesman, when Dorough was “starring” in their musical production of Nelson Algren’s novel, A Walk on the Wild Side, at the Crystal Palace in St. Louis in 1959—1960. Dorough began to collaborate with Fran, and a few years later, in New York City, TRO (The Richmond Organization), asked him to make a “demo” of the Fran Landesman songs in their catalogue. The resulting LP was entitled In the Words of Fran Landesman, In the Style of Bob Dorough.