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Songwriting

It’s Only Words – Act II

Posted on 2006.07.30 at 20:40
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: The Sun Won't Set - from A Little Night Music
[A sequel to the post below this one]
Nancy called me again today. She’d found out more about the audition, and the first song I’d written lacked a key component – it wasn’t written by one of the composers from The List. She read off The List to me and when she got to Andrew Lloyd Webber, I felt the tap of the Muse upon my shoulder. Let me be clear about this – I LOVE Andrew’s work, but his stuff tends to be very ponderous and serious and not too complex intellectually, which makes it perfect fodder for the parodist. By comparison, I think Sondheim is a lot trickier to parody because so much of his work is lyrically satirical or ironic and it’s hard to parody a satire. Oh, it can certainly be done, but I’m looking for ways to make my job easier, not harder. I settled on “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. Here it is:

The Same Music Every Night

This is serious, I’m not having fun here.
I will make you cry before we’re done here.
This is not a romp,
Not like “Spamalot” or “Stomp”
It’s a serious freaking musical as Art
So shut up and listen, don’t talk, belch, or fart.

[Bridge:]
Now surrender your dollars in the lobby shop,
Be amazed at the range of merchandise.
Buy the key chains, the socks, and fuzzy dice,
With a discount if you have seen it twice.

Slowly, gently, it may dawn upon you
How your good friend Andrew Lloyd has conned you.
Wait two scenes and then
I will sing this song again
Or I’ll change a note or two and add a chord
To keep you all from sensing that you’re bored.

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