Thursday, February 7, 2019

Sanford Sylvan (1953–2019)

The singer Sanford Sylvan died last week in Manhattan at the age of sixty-five. The New York Times has an obituary.

Elaine has written a post about Sanford Sylvan, or Sandy, with links to other memorial posts about him. Elaine knew him when she was a teenager, and heard him sing many times. The two of us heard him in a Boston Shakespeare Company production of Mother Courage, directed by Peter Sellars. It was our third date, January 24, 1984. Linda Hunt played Mother Courage. I’ll never forget it.

The music for that production was by Van Dyke Parks. How could we have known that years later that Van Dyke would be our friend?

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