When they reach a certain age, singers often take up songs that reflect back on life. Some songs betray boastful arrogance and self-satisfaction, such as Frank Sinatra and My Way, while others convey a jaded, world-weary, disenchanted sensibility like Peggy Lee singing Is that all there is?. To my mind, one of the best such songs is by Charles Aznavour, who died last week at the age of 94.
Aznavour was a French singer, songwriter, and actor who wrote an incredible number of songs, numbering over 1,200. Here he is singing the English version of his song Yesterday, when I was young that he felt was more poetic than the French lyrics. It is of a person who looks back with regret at all the chances he squandered, the loves he let slip away, and the selfishness that he displayed in a life that he now sees as wasted.