Deadline
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The Huffington Post
a month
I saw Les Miz in London and again at the Kennedy Center long before it came to Broadway. I saw a preview of "Rent" in the East Village. I saw a dress rehearsal of "Ragtime." And best of all, I saw "Hamilton" at the Public. And last night at the Music Box Theater I saw "Dear Evan Hansen," and though it wasn't an early performance--like those in Washington and at the Second Stage--it did feature one of the most amazing performances I've ever seen including all of the above. In today's Times, Katherine Rossman has a "Styles" feature on the gossip writer and Trump-and-Roy Cohn-and-George-Steinbrenner-and-Rupert-Murdoch-lover, Cindy Adams. In its opening scene, Adams can be heard (read?) complaining that there are no boldface names at her performance of the show. Sad! (though I imagine this is a typical reaction of Trump lovers to any cultural event that does not invite pussy-grabbing and peeping-tomming backstage (An aside: What she does get are " Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the composers of the musical and also the lyricists of the film "La La Land.
The Huffington Post
a month
7: No. 5. A New Year Carol" brings the listener into the 20th century as a bridge to the composers of today. "We constantly have to introduce new creators," Clurman said in a phone interview. "We should not just hold on to what we know. Time marches on, music does too. We need the new and the familiar mixed with new composers and lyricists." Joining the current composers on Seasons of Light is Jacob Narverud, whom Clurman met while conducting a workshop in Kansas City when he was a student at Emporia State University. Narverud wrote the title song "Seasons of Light," which opens the CD. A contemporary carol that shines in its simplicity, the song brings the listener into the joyous themes of the season. "I love the line, 'For a moment on earth all the wrong turns to right,'" Clurman said of the lyric. "I really believe in that line." Lee Musiker, John Bucchino, Stephen Schwartz, Jacob Narverud, Judith Clurman, David Chase As the CD encompasses the old and new, it also spans the holiday season from Thanksgiving to the New Year.
TIME - News
a month
You'll find that melancholy right there in the title: Another Day of Sun. Its upbeat, but there's something a little weary about it too. For lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, that push-and-pull informed their approach. What Damien inspired us to capture was that theres this difference between L.A. and New York, Paul explained. In New York, you grind and grind to pursue your dreams and accomplish what youre hoping to accomplish, and you get up the next day and its muddy and gross and the snow is just turned to black ice. Meanwhile, L.A. may also be a constant struggle, but its also constant blue skies. You pursue that dream, and you go to bed and get up the next day, and its a gorgeous day, Paul says. It encourages you in one breath, and in another breath doesnt acknowledge that you just failed miserably.
TIME - Top Stories
a month
You'll find that melancholy right there in the title: Another Day of Sun. Its upbeat, but there's something a little weary about it too. For lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, that push-and-pull informed their approach. What Damien inspired us to capture was that theres this difference between L.A. and New York, Paul explained. In New York, you grind and grind to pursue your dreams and accomplish what youre hoping to accomplish, and you get up the next day and its muddy and gross and the snow is just turned to black ice. Meanwhile, L.A. may also be a constant struggle, but its also constant blue skies. You pursue that dream, and you go to bed and get up the next day, and its a gorgeous day, Paul says. It encourages you in one breath, and in another breath doesnt acknowledge that you just failed miserably.
PerezHilton
2 months
Variety
2 months
The Broadway opening of buzzy new musical Dear Evan Hansen had Hollywood connections all over the place. First, of course, were the movie ties to songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, theater-world favorites who are having something of a Tinseltown moment. For one thing, they were the lyricists on La La Land, Damian Chazelles awards contender... Read more »
The Huffington Post
2 months
(No lyricists mentioned here, because, though Carroll sings like a pert angel, she doesn't go vocal anywhere on this outing.) If you want the measure of her supernal artistry, pay attention to how she explores the chromatics of Hampton's "Midnight Sun." She works the familiar descending sections of the melody for over nine minutes and, as she returns to them over and again, never plays the inspired chords the same way twice. Pure, unadulterated beauty. ****************** Stairway to the Stars - Gabrielle Stravelli Michael Kanan (garbiellestravelli.com, michaelkanan.com): Has Gabrielle Stravelli turned herself from audacious rock belter, which is how she started, into just about our finest jazz interpreter? Probably not, when the likes of Jane Monheit, Joyce Breach and Stacey Kent are around. But Stravelli is firmly ensconced in the echelon. Is Michael Kanan the suavest accompanist on hand today? Not really when ivory-ticklers like Bill Charlap, Tedd Firth, Billy Stritch and John McDaniel (see below) are working.
BBC One East Midlands
2 months
She not only performs with some of the biggest with some of the most talented composers and lyricists of today. It is a modern A/V Maria with English verse. And an Italian chorus.
Daily Mail - Event
3 months
Since the mid-Eighties, the tortoise who slipped past Dylan has been Leonard Cohen - less of a rebel, more of a romantic, as much of a visionary, and even more of a poet.
The Huffington Post
4 months
Over the past few years, I've had a chance to see five of these musicals during their development processes, and while some seemed more promising than others, here's a preview of what to expect. Dear Evan Hansen (Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Steven Levenson, directed by Michael Greif. Performances begin at the Music Box Theatre on November 14th) I'm not going to mince words here: Dear Evan Hansen is the most satisfyingly complex and heartfelt new musical since Fun Home . I had the immense pleasure of catching the show during its recent Off-Broadway run at the Second Stage in New York City. Composer/lyricists Pasek and Paul have crafted a gorgeous score that more than fulfills the promise of their equally intelligent and moving musical, Dogfight . Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a very well-meaning but anxious young man who gets caught up in the ramifications of a lie that he tells, with noble intentions, about the suicide of a high school classmate.
The Sun Daily - Showbiz
4 months
Critic Janet Maslin of the New York Times calls the book "a Love's-eye view of just about everything that ever happened to the Beach Boys." Both a lead singer and one of the principal lyricists, he reveals anecdotes behind the titular Good Vibrations, plus hits like California Girls, Surfin' USA, and Kokomo. He also recounts the tempestuous experiences – and legal battles – with his family and bandmates. He delves into the subject of transcendental meditation, a method he used to counter his substance abuse problems. In 1967, The Beach Boys were invited to perform at a benefit for UNICEF, attended by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Maharishi initiated Mike (along with Carl, Alan and Dennis) into the practice of Transcendental Meditation, which has carried over for him into today. In other topics, Love alleges his cousin and bandmate Dennis Wilson, who died in 1983, watched Charles Manson carry out a murder.
Mashable
5 months
LONDON Things got a little heated this week, and not just in terms of the weather. As the ongoing lyrical war between Chip and Yungen continued, things continued to spice up. A random week of song sections shows the return of Nora Jones and the sweeter sound of Novelist as we give you the freshest 11 songs of the week. SEE ALSO: It's been a good week for music celebrate with our playlist Chip Peri Peri Sauce" Meet Chip he is one of the best lyricists in the UK and also the most hilarious battle MC. This year, Chip and Yungen have been going at it, and for quite some time, we thought the dust had settled. Until Yungen had a few more friendly words to say about his frenemy and of course in true Chip style, he responded with a lyrical sassy diss titled "Peri Peri Sauce." Read more... More about Fresh Fridays , Playlists , Music , Uk , and Norah Jones
BBC News 24
5 months
He is a new frontier for singer songwriters. He is the oldest of that great generation, the Bob Dylan generation of singer songwriters and lyricists. He is helping us negotiate that new frontier and doing it very beautifully. This Jan Kristian is still on the line, I just want your thoughts on this.
Beijing Bulletin
6 months
, one of musics most revered lyricists and story tellers, is taking his talents into filmmaking.The rapper has traded performing onstage to work behind-the-scenes as an executive producer on pro
Mind Shift
6 months
Not only do kids everywhere listen to hip hop, but many are aware of hip hop culture too, including things like ciphers, where lyricists trade off rhyming in a collaborative circle. Balcerak has found there are important lessons about the give and take of ideas, sharing the floor, and listening embedded in a tradition that isnt part of the culture he grew up in. Balcerak doesnt infuse hip hop in everything, but he does often hold up a verse or a rhyme as a valuable text to study. For example, when he teaches American literature he inevitably touches on transcendentalism and the writing of white men like Emerson and Thoreau. Alongside those older texts, Balcerak will ask students to examine a hip hop verse to show the ideas are present in pop culture as well. “It’s very much the object of that lesson, it’s not a bridge to some canonical text,” Balcerak said.
BBC One London
6 months
The Huffington Post
6 months
Summer has officially begun its reunion tour, performing at all the Tanglewood festivals of me and just like that the file drawer that houses my seasonal memories has been flung open and I am awash with memories of summer days gone by. When I was little, my blue collar parents somehow managed to magically pony up enough proletariat scratch for a shared cabana out on the south shore of Long Island, Silverpoint, where we dutifully went, we Jews of the desert, hungering for as much sand as possible. I suppose it was our Eastern European genes. Plus we shared the cabana with an Israeli family, The Kamils, so that made it even more outdoor temple. The beach of those days was what the Brill Building composers and lyricists wrote about rhapsodically. It was not the beach of today by any stretch of the imagination. It was quieter, almost reverential, save for the occasional transistor radio that dared to blare rock and roll or the you-are-there Mel Allen and Red Barber calls of the Yankee game.
NME
7 months
Prophets of Rage's Tom Morello has confirmed the supergroup are set to head into the studio to lay down their live track 'The Party's Over'. The newly-assembled band, which contains three of the four members of Rage Against The Machine and is fronted by Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B Real, made their live debut at the end of May. Now Morello claims they are keen to hit the studio. He told Billboard: "We have a new song called 'The Party’s Over' that we hope to get down and make great before we rock the Republican National Convention [next month].” He also explained the politcial meaning behind the song adding: “While B and Chuck are the lyricists of the song, my impression is it’s not just specifically aimed at the Republican Party. The one positive signal of this rejection cycle is the rejection from right-winger, independent and left-wingers of business as usual.
NME Blogs
7 months
It’s nice to play nice shows in nice weather.” It’s not that he’s uncharismatic, so much as anti-charismatic: he looks and acts like somebody’s little brother bum-rushed the stage, and you can’t help but egg him on. He’s One of Indie-Rock’s Sharpest Lyricists (When You Can Actually Hear the Lyrics) Car Seat Headrest’s songs tend to be about well-worn themes of depression, anxiety and drunkenness, but Toledo writes about them in a caustic, idiosyncratic voice that’s very much his own: “I’ve got a right to be depressed/ I’ve given up all I had to fight it” goes the chorus of opening songFill In The Blank’, while ‘Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An)’ finds him fretting that, “This isnt sex, I dont think, it’s just extreme empathy.” There’s nothing timid or knock-kneed about the music itself, however, which is played at blistering volume - certain moments, such as ’Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales’, even manage to approach Pixies-esque levels of loud-quiet-loud cacophony.
SABC Digital News
7 months
B3nchMarQ - hip hop duo is made up of two lyricists TK Mathiba and P. J Mataboge. Following the success of their track 'Washa'- where they featured Dj Citi Lytes, the popular song has seen Benchmarq perform for over 20 000 fans at the biggest music festivals in the country. 2016 presented a whole new chapter for Benchmarq with the official release of Bonang. The much talked about single has received over 80 000 downloads. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
NME Blogs
7 months
Alex Turner and Kanye West: what do they have in common? Well, they’re both unrelenting proponents of rock’n’roll. They both make unusual public appearances. They’re both highly talented lyricists, whose carefully chosen words can light up the imagination. And now, they share some very similar album artwork. 'Suck It And See', the Arctic Monkeys' 2011 album had artwork that was so simple it looked almost lazy, but American stores still found the cover's wording offensive enough to cover with a sticker. Now Kanye's new single 'Champions' has the same minimalistic beige vibe. So are we all gonna ignore that the cover art for Champions is a straight rip of Suck It And See by Arctic Monkeys? Vinyl Ritchie (@SatyaSingh11) June 13, 2016 Kanye's new single / Arctic Monkeys' five-year-old album pic.twitter.com/fFf9wlAvwj Larry Bartleet (@larrybartleet) June 13, 2016 ok nice to see kanye stole the suck it and see album art https://t.
The Huffington Post
7 months
One of the surest ways to break through writer's block is to start making lists. They can be lists of words that rhyme or words that contain a similar sound. If you've got a talent for alliteration, consider what Sir William S. Gilbert accomplished in this verse from 1885's The Mikado . Each idea for a list is a stepping stone to forming concepts and ideas. One might create lists of favorite foods, classic ocean liners from the first half of the 20th century, bel canto operas, or whatever sounds interesting. Sometimes, some of the items in a list can be organized into a sequence that has a certain rhythm. That's how lyricists come up with phrases like: "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" "Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I." "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!" "One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!" Don't believe me? Then let's play a game.
The Huffington Post
8 months
Ed Kleban was an American musical theater songwriter who initially found, as Stephen Sondheim had, that Broadway producers were more enthusiastic about his rhymes than his tunes. He's best known for writing the lyrics of the Broadway smash hit, A Chorus Line , which rewarded him with a Tony, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer Prize and enough income to establish and finance The Kleban Foundation which grants $100,000 awards to both the most promising librettist and lyricist writing American musicals. I've been told that in order to convince Kleban to write the lyrics for "What I did for Love," a song he held in low regard because it was created to be a hit rather than to further plot or reveal character as he felt showtunes should, Michael Bennett, the Creator-Director-Choreographer of A Chorus Line , promised Ed he'd let him write the score for Bennett's next musical, Ballroom, but Bennett reneged and instead engaged composer Billy Goldenberg and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman to do it.
The Huffington Post
8 months
We've been in formation. Before Beyoncé's ode of unapologetically standing firm, unapologetically being proud, hot sauce in her bag, and more importantly not being controlled by long centuries of negative portrayals and ideologies that have been systematically pushed concerning Black people, there was Lish. Of course we must pay homage to Queen Bey, because what she has done is more than honorable. She set a precedent, a precedent that will open the door for all those who have been standing in formation waiting for their exit. Standing at 5'3 Brooklyn bred MC Lish walks right through that door giving us more than an unapologetic stance, she creates expectancy. Discontent with the overwhelming negative portrayal and lack of representation of positive lyricists within the rap/hip-hop community, Lish gives us a candid, yet inspirational view towards many of the issues that lie within the Black community.