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…

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  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.

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  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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