sunday tune: betty carter - 'spring can really hang you up the most'

Remember that old song “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most”? Betty Carter gave it an aching rendition at her club dates back in the Eighties, when my wife and I were living in New York. You know the party’s over, she sings, “when you keep praying for snow to hide the clover.” Fran Landesman, an associate of the Beat poets, wrote the song. According to her obit in the Times, the song “sprang from Ms. Landesman’s asking jazz musicians to put T.S. Eliot’s phrase ‘April is the cruelest month’ into their own words.”

Christopher Benfy, 'The Torments of Spring.' NYR Daily, 3/7/2019.