30 March, 2017
I first heard this song in Rob Reiner’s ‘When Harry Met Sally…’ (1989) (starring a glamorous Meg Ryan a young Billy Crystal, and I just sat down to watch how he looked back then ). The movie, made it to almost every must-watch list of romantic movies quite deservingly, is a simple story of two very different people ending up together following a series of unplanned short meetings at different points of their lives. It’s a romantic interpretation of déjà vu, a psychological phenomenon that makes one believe that they is relieving a past moment even in fact that’s happening for the first time. Or it can be heard as a song of familiarity; no matter how many ups and downs the journey may have endured, if you make it to the end, it will feel like it was there forever with you standing right by it.
Originally composed by Richard Rodgers and written by Lorenz Hart, the song is from Rodgers’ 1937 Broadway musical ‘Babes in Arms’, later recorded by Ray Heatherton and Mitzi Green for its movie version in 1939. It has been covered over years by numerous eminent artist like Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, George Michael, Shirley Bassey, Julie London Harry Connick Jr.(who was also the music composer for When Harry Met Sally) , Dion & The Belmonts, The Flamingos to name a few. This version is performed by Ella Fitzgerald, one of the jazz icon of America; she recorded the song for her studio album ‘Rodgers and Hart Song Book’ (1956).