August 13, 2004
Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Â© 1956, 1957 Amberson Holdings LLC and Stephen Sondheim.
Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, Publisher.
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
There's a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time spare,
Time to learn, time to care,
We'll find a new way of living,
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere . . .
There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
* David only sings the last part in the commercial.
A commercial for TIAA features a recording by David Sylvian. The track is a vocal rendition of Somewhere (from West Side Story).
The commercial for TIAA was shown during the opening ceremonies for the Olympics (Athens, 2004) on NBC in the USA.
West Side Story related information:
Somewhere is an emotional duet where Maria and Tony desperately wish they could turn back the clock and escape from their predicament.
David was asked to do a demo of the song by the advertising agency of TIAA and he delivered it early August 2004. They agency loved it and asked him to record that 60 second excerpt with the orchestral backing, which he delivered on August 9th. On Friday (August 13th), the agency told Opium (Arts) the client loved it and they were going to use it (…. i.e. immediately ;-).
David only sang that 60 seconds with the orchestra.