Song of the Day: Bill Evans, “Theme From MASH (Suicide Is Painless)”

Jazz piano virtuoso Bill Evans was born on this day in 1929. Mary and I went to see him at Rick’s Cafe Americain in Chicago on our first anniversary with a few friends, and at one point he played "Theme From MASH (Suicide Is Painless)," and I barely recognized it, which surprised my friends. (They were fans of the show, I wasn’t.) That was in January 1979; he died in September 1980. This was released in 1981 on his posthumous album You Must Believe In Spring.

14 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Bill Evans, “Theme From MASH (Suicide Is Painless)”

    1. I wasn’t much of a fan of the show, particularly when Alan Alda got more creative control and would beat the viewer over the head with his political views, but the theme is great…


  1. This is a great song and I love the show as well as the movie. The TV Show is excellent but I do like the first 3 seasons when it was more of a comedy and less Alan Alda preach. He got more creative control as the years went by and some of the shows are a bit preachy to me (when a nurse dies and no one knew her so Hawkeye ends up telling everyone his will and what he would give them…ughhh) but they are still so excellent ( when everyone has a dream-powerful episode). This song is so well performed and I think I like this version more than the original. You were lucky to see him in person.


  2. I really like this song, John. This is definitely not an ‘easy piano’ arrangement like I plunk around with. What happened to places where you could sit and listen to live piano music like that? Sounds like a lovely experience.


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