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As a freshman in highschool I was in the chorus of Pippin, a musical I'd never heard of before and haven't really given much thought since, except that I have found out that Ben Vereen was in the original Broadway cast back in the 70s...amazing I don't really remember too much of being in that show, when all the other musicals I've been in I can rattle off the entire show. However, tonight I was watching Curb Your Enthusiam, where a blind piano player was covering show tunes, and he started singing a song...as he kept singing I remembered it was the main theme from Pippin, "Corner of the Sky" - a song I couldn't have sung on demand if you'd asked me 10 minutes ago, but now I remember "hey I liked that song!"

So, I can't remember all the lyrics, which is always really annoying when you can only sing part of a song over & over, so I thought maybe this might be a decent $0.99 purchase off iTunes. Searching on the exact title "Corner of the Sky" I get 17 results, including 10 that are indeed the song I'm searching for. Three are different Jackson 5 versions(!), one Diana Ross, a couple other disco divas I assume from the preview snippet but I don't recognize the names - I guess this really was popular in the 70s? - then also some various Broadway compilation albums but I didn't like any of their voices...but no Ben Vereen, let alone ANY cast recording! Shame, really, since even though all the disco versions are cool in a retro way, I wanted a nice lyrical performance like a cast recording would have...ah well...back to singing the chunk I do know I guess... ;)

"Everything has its season
Everything has its time
Show me a reason and I'll soon show you a rhyme
Cats fit on the windowsill
Children fit in the snow
Why do I feel I don't fit in anywhere I go?

Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I've got to be where my spirit can run free
Gotta find my corner of the sky..."

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I had to laugh because that's exactly how I remember Pippin - I've seen it at least twice, remember being generally entertained by it, but I couldn't tell you the first thing about the plot or characters. I think there might some guy named Pippin in it. I do remember Corner of the Sky, and bits of the opening number "We've got magic to do, just for you..." or whatever it was called, but that's about it.

-Nat


haha...now that you rattle off some lyrics, I remember that line from the opening too, but again, I couldn't remember the rest of that song to save my life either... ;)

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