Morning Music: Liza Minnelli

New York, New YorkThere is a joke (maybe a running joke, I can’t remember) in Arrested Development where Liza Minnelli makes a bitter remark about the song, “New York, New York.” You see, everyone thinks that it is a Frank Sinatra tune. But of course, it isn’t. It was written for New York, New York, the film Martin Scorsese made after Taxi Driver. It tells the story of a violent jerk who is not Travis Bickle.

I saw the film in 1978, and the only thing I remembered about it was the song. I had to look up the plot of it on Wikipedia. Now, I could provide you with the song from the film — it’s on YouTube. But really, I don’t think it is very well directed — or at least, I don’t think it has aged well. Anyway, I think it is better to see an actual live performance of it. And the title of this one is appropriate: it is the best that I’ve heard:

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