Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Celebrity Challenge 1: Submitted by Jason Robert Brown

Write a song for Annie and Neil in the following scene:

"Standing in the kitchen of their loft in Williamsburg, Annie tells her husband Neil that she's realized that she's a lesbian."

Jason Robert Brown is the composer and lyricist of many popular musicals including 13, The Last Five Years, Parade, and Songs for a New World. His new works, The Bridges of Madison County and Honeymoon in Vegas will open out-of-town later this year. Visit www.jasonrobertbrown.com for more information.

56 comments:

  1. I'll write music if someone can post lyrics.

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    1. Check out my lyrics below...brushetc@gmail.com...."Should've Known Better"....thoughts?

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  2. I will GLADLY sing anything for anyone who wants to hear their stuff on a female voice! You can contact me through www.maggiemcneil.com if anyone needs someone!

    I can't wait to see the collaborations that come out of this. What an amazing idea.

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  3. Here's a lyric. I wasn't sure if the goal was to include plot specifics, or make the lyric as stand-alone as possible, given what the performance goal is. Very open to change!

    My email is DYLAN43RD@aol.com or contact me at my blogs if easier at
    http://music-and-comedy.blogspot.com/
    or http://freds-parody-musical.blogspot.com/

    Thanks,
    Fred Landau

    Looking Back on Marriage

    [Annie]
    I thought our life would be fun
    I’m always ill, I’m almost dead
    Feel like I just wanna run
    Never stop ‘til I’ve cleared my head

    Gosh it’s been such an unsteady time
    Less than a year and already I’m
    Looking forward to looking back on marriage

    (possible bridge)
    I dream of something, that something just isn’t here
    Oh god how will I survive to a year?

    I can’t keep on keeping on
    Life goes so fast. This ain’t enough
    If we had something it’s gone
    Way in the past. Way too much stuff

    [Neil]
    I knew you’re gay when we said “I do”
    Honey I thought you knew I am too
    But there’s no need to turn your back on marriage

    [Annie] (possible bridge)
    My friends they tell me to take the good with the bad
    [Neil]
    And here there’s so much that's good to be had

    [Neil]
    Hon listen and listen well
    Just stay with me, We’ll have it made
    Inside you’re going through hell
    Just wait and see, Life is a trade

    Though now you’re riddled with gloom, you wait
    Watch as life’s options accumulate
    Though you thought that your life’s off track
    Though you thought we were out of whack

    [both]
    Yes, look forward and don’t turn back
    On marriage
    On marriage!

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  4. I would love to collaborate on a song when music is available. (Im a mezzo-soprano, with a stong belt)... this is a fantastic idea!!!!! My contact info can be found here, www.soundcloud.com/kristiwoods

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  5. If someone wants to take this and put some music to it, I'd love to sing these words. (A little rough, I know, I'm not really a lyricist. I'm forever and always open to editing and suggestions. Who knows what can evolve with the right melody). I'm a mezzo/belter. (www.kerriebond.com)

    "By Heart"
    I love this loft - have I told you?
    We thought we'd made a compromise,
    But I love this tiny room.
    How the fridge is half the size,
    And the kitchen table is a moving box.
    And the front door rarely ever locks.
    But I love this home with you.

    I loved you the first night we met,
    It seems cliche to say, I know -
    But please try and not forget.
    I have to ask you not to go,
    When I tell you Katie's more than just my friend,
    And I'm through trying to play pretend.
    Remember how you love me too.

    Moving out and moving on,
    Growing up and being scared.
    I never meant to hide from you,
    And the things that we have shared.
    This is a journey not completed,
    And while I know you feel defeated,
    Know I loved you from the start.
    And I'll always know our story by heart.

    You had your doubts, I think, a little.
    But we were too scared to turn around.
    Willing to wait forever until
    This life had found some solid ground ,
    And things could fall right into their own place,
    But we never had the power to erase,
    The part of me I always knew.

    Moving out and moving on,
    Growing up and being scared.
    It's time to follow her now,
    I can't wait to be prepared.
    This is a journey we began together,
    But it couldn't last forever.
    I need you blessing to restart.
    This woman knows my story by heart.

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  6. I would love to collaborate with anyone who needs female vocals! You can hear my demos here http://www.soundcloud.com/emphoto2003. Contact can also be made through my website http://www.erinmartinezmusic.com. I look forward to hearing all of the amazing music that comes from this!

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  7. Hey guys! A bit of a lighthearted, funnier take on the song. (sandergusinow@gmail.com)
    As always, just want to work. Always open!


    [Annie]
    You’re right to say I’m acting infantile
    You see I’ve had a realization
    When we were fucking on the kitchen tile
    Time for a sexuality rotation

    [Neil]
    Hon you must be joking
    I know you were weird in college
    But, what are you smoking?
    It’s too crazy too acknowledged

    Annie, drink some water
    Think about our daughter
    Before you up and say…

    [Annie]
    I’m a Lesbian!
    So let’s being
    To start our life anew
    I’m a mess again
    But the stress I’m in
    Can’t stop me living true

    You’re still my husband and I love you
    But there are things you can’t provide me
    Though I couldn't dispose of you
    I need a feminine hand to guide me

    [Neil]
    Hon, you’re talking crazy
    After seven years of marriage
    Now you’re into ladies?
    How can I help but disparage

    This lie we’ve been living?
    Life’s so unforgiving!
    What the hell do we say?

    [Annie]

    I’m a Lesbian!
    who needs estrogen
    To get me through the night
    I want breasts again
    To caress again
    And make me see the light!

    (bridge)
    I told you the truth because you’re my best friend
    I can promise this is not goodbye
    I gave you my youth, our love was not pretend
    It would kill me if I made you cry

    [Neil]
    At least you’re forthcoming
    Even though I’m feeling distress
    Sort of saw it coming
    You love Xenia Warrior Princess

    I won’t break the China
    Just because you like vagina!
    Glad you’re proud to say

    [Both]
    A Lesbian!
    So let’s begin
    To start our lives anew
    Through thick and thin
    The skin you’re in
    Can’t stop me from loving you

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    1. Thanks! You know any composers/male vocals? ;)

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    2. Yup, know both! Let me ask around.

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    3. Cool. Well, if you email me I'll send you my # or skype info.

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  8. How long do we have to write? Just wondering! Thanks!

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    1. The next prompt will go up in about two weeks, but there's no real time limit.

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  9. I'd love to lend my voice to this project! Anyone looking for a youthful female belter for future prompts and musical demos can contact me through my site: http://www.alliecosta.com

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  10. A Lyric...I can be contacted at brushetc@gmail.com for any composer interested in working on this piece - or for any comments! What a great idea from NYPL and JRB!

    SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER

    (Intro)
    I’ve always loved this kitchen
    Even though I’m a terrible cook
    You know I’m a terrible cook but I love being in this room
    Being with you in this room
    Please say something – anything
    Don’t just look at me that way
    With nothing to say

    (verse)
    I could say this hurts for me as much as you
    I could say I know exactly what you’re going through
    I could say I sympathize with the tears in your eyes
    But we both know better

    (verse)
    I could say the pain won’t cut straight to the bone
    I could say you’ll see you’re better off alone
    I could say you’re anger now will fade away somehow
    But we both know better

    (Bridge)
    Hard to say what I feel right now
    Hard to stand here and watch you hear the truth
    But I loved you every day
    I know you don’t believe it
    I can’t expect you to believe it
    But I loved you every way
    And who I am is thanks to who you are

    (verse)
    I could say you’ll understand me and forget
    I could say we won’t be haunted by regret
    I could say that time will heal the way I’ve made you feel
    But we both know better
    We both know better

    So all I know to say
    Is I’m sorry for the way
    I didn’t know better
    For worse or for better
    I should’ve known better

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  11. Here is my song for Annie and Neil. If anyone would like to collaborate my email is farabaugh.rene@gmail.com.

    Thanks Rene

    Darling, I Love you...I'm a Lesbian


    Annie:
    Darling, sit down
    This isn't easy to be said.
    Do I break it to you gently
    Or leave a gaping hole instead?

    Darling, I love you
    Just not as you intend.
    I love you like my brother
    Only as a friend

    Darling, I love you
    You have to understand
    Darling I love you...
    I really don't like men.

    Chorus:
    Darling, I love you
    Only as a friend
    Darling, I love you
    I am a lesbian.

    Our marriage isn't a failure
    Our marriage isn't a sham
    It is empty and lifeless
    Because you are a man.

    Darling, it is for the best
    This thing I must confess
    I would love you more
    If you wore a dress.

    Chorus...

    Neil:

    Darling, I'm speechless
    Darling, I am floored.
    After all these years together
    I thought you were just bored.


    Darling, now this all makes sense.

    Annie: Darling I've a headache

    Neil: Darling, the end of all the pretense.

    Put an end to this mistake.


    Chorus:

    Annie and Neil:
    Darling, I love you

    Annie:

    But, only as a friend.

    Both: Darling I love you

    Annie:

    I am a lesbian

    Neil: You are a lesbian.

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  13. Hi all. I took a stab at writing something. Just a quirky and lighthearted thing. If you're interested in collaborating or have any questions/comments, my email is anthony.oblen@gmail.com. Even if you don’t contact me and you feel composing something, feel free to just go for it and post it as a comment! –Tony

    “How Do I Put This?”

    (Intro)
    [Annie]
    NEIL, SWEETIE!

    [Neil]
    YES, HONEY?

    [Annie]
    COME INTO THE KITCHEN, DEAR!
    I’VE A THING TO SAY, IT’S SORT OF FUNNY,
    SORT OF SILLY, SORT OF—QUEER.
    (Nervous laughter)
    AND IT’S SOMETHING YOU’LL WANT TO HEAR.

    (NEIL enters the kitchen.)

    (Verse)
    [Annie]
    I’VE BEEN DOING SOME HEAVY THINKING
    AND SOME MILDLY HEAVY DRINKING
    AND I THINK I’VE COME TO TERMS WITH—WELL, SOME THINGS.
    One thing, really.
    THOUGH I’VE ONLY JUST NEWLY WED YOU,
    I’VE BEEN THINKING THAT I MISLED YOU.
    THERE ARE LIES INSCRIPTED ON OUR WEDDING RINGS.

    [Neil]
    I’m not sure I understand.

    (Chorus)
    [Annie]
    HOW DO I PUT THIS?
    WE’VE NOT BEEN SEEING EYE TO EYE.
    HOW DO I PUT THIS?
    YOU’RE TRULY QUITE A STANDUP GUY.
    YOU’RE A MAN WITH STRONG CONVICTIONS, AND YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN,
    BUT THAT’S THE PROBLEM IN THE END—

    [Neil]
    WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

    [Annie]
    YOU’RE A MAN.

    [Neil]
    I still don’t get what you’re saying, honey. Did I forget to put the toilet seat down? I don’t think I did…

    (Verse)
    [Annie]
    No, no. Here’s the thing…
    I WAS SHOPPING FOR CHIVES AND CUMIN
    WHEN I SPOTTED A WELL-FORMED HUMAN,
    AND MY EYES GOT BIG JUST LIKE AN OLD CARTOON.
    SO I WENT UP TO SEE THEM CLOSER
    AS THEY SPOKE TO THE KIND, OLD GROCER
    AND HER VOICE, SO LOW AND SEXY, MADE ME SWOON.

    [Neil]
    The kind, old grocer’s voice or the—wait a second! HER? Are you trying to tell me that you’re a…you’re a—
    (Chorus)
    HOW DO I PUT THIS?
    YOU’RE A GAL WHO LIKES TO PLAY.
    HOW DO I PUT THIS?
    YOU CRAVE YOUR LOVE A CERTAIN WAY.
    IT PROVES TRICKY FOR OUR MARRIAGE, BUT TAKE PRIDE IN THIS HERE TRAIT.
    YOU SHOULDN’T BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, SO JUST SAY IT!

    [Annie]
    I’M NOT—

    (Bridge)
    [Neil]
    (Finishing ANNIE’s sentence, but starting a new thought:)
    STRAIGHT SHOOTING GETS YOU FAR IN LIFE.
    YES, BEING HONEST GIVES YOU FREEDOM

    [Annie]
    AND THE CHANCE TO FIND A WIFE!
    WE KNEW OUR HOBBIES WERE ALIGNED
    BUT NOW IT SEEMS WE’VE COME TO FIND
    THAT ALL THE INTERESTS WE HAVE GOT
    ARE MORE ALIKE THAN WE HAD THOUGHT!
    SO I THINK IT’S TIME THAT WE—

    [Neil]
    OH YES IT’S TIME THAT WE—

    [Both]
    I THINK IT’S TIME THAT WE— (Looking awkwardly at each other) WELL—

    (Chorus)
    [Both]
    HOW DO I PUT THIS?

    [Annie]
    THESE WEEKS TOGETHER SURE WERE FUN!

    [Both]
    HOW DO I PUT THIS?

    [Neil]
    YES, OUR NEW LIFE HAD JUST BEGUN!

    [Both]
    BUT IT SEEMS THAT FATE’S INTRUDED

    [Annie]
    WITH ITS UGLY, MANLY HANDS

    [Both]
    SO I GUESS WE’VE GOTTA SPLIT NOW
    ‘CAUSE THAT’S JUST WHAT FATE DEMANDS.

    (Tag)
    [Neil]
    I STILL LOVE YOU, BUT GO OFF AND BE YOURSELF!

    [Annie]
    YOU’RE JUST SO SWEET!

    [Neil]
    Oh, and—
    HOW DO I PUT THIS?
    I’VE A FRIEND WHO LIVES IN QUEENS THAT YOU SHOULD MEET!
    (Quick aside:) ALSO—I’M GAY, TOO.

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  14. JRB this was so much fun!

    I would love some feedback on structure, technique from any experienced lyricists who read this.

    Please contact me too if you're a composer who is interested in writing music for this (jen@jenshuber.com)

    I look forward to hearing back from you.


    ANNIE’S SONG
    Lyrics by Jen Shuber

    I’m not sure how to start this conversation
    There’s a reason for your sexual starvation
    I tried to tell you once after Tetris at Barcade
    About A not-so-little truth, I’m afraid
    Would you mind coming down from way up there?
    I think you might want to sit down here in a chair

    I’ve had a profound revelation
    It gives the ‘why’ for all your masterbation
    I’m sure this news will hit like a grenade
    A not-so-little covert escapade
    There is something I’ve been doing in my spare time
    At the Brooklyn public library with my ‘partner-in-crime’

    I’m going to tell you now, I'm doing research with a nudist
    Oh, no no no no no
    I’m still Jewish, but I’m studying with a Buddhist
    Oh, no no no no no
    That is really not the truth
    and I'm sick of viewing this as uncouth
    This is the first time I’ve admitted this out loud
    Major warning Neil, here comes the mushroom cloud
    I met a librarian, a hipster and Hungarian
    I’m a lesbian, a dyke and a contrarian.

    She’s here! I don’t expect a celebration
    She came to back me up in case of confrontation
    Let’s sit down here and talk gently without force
    I’d like a not-so-little, not-so-little permanent divorce
    We fell in love by the stacks last spring
    Meet Piroska Fenyevesy,
    Neil here’s your wedding ring

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  15. A fascinatingly complex situation to try to write for. I really enjoyed it.

    If anyone has feedback, or wants to take a stab at music, feel free to contact me at kerrykaz@gmail.com.

    Best,
    Kerry

    “In So Many Ways”

    ANNIE:
    (Verse)
    ...Well, it’s funny, in a way.
    No, no, funny’s not the word...
    Neil, I don’t know what to say.
    It isn’t just cuz I’m bored.

    I didn’t change overnight.
    I guess it’s always been there.
    I just hid it out of sight.
    Kept it tied up, ‘til it teared.

    The moments we shared won’t change.
    The love I felt, it was real.
    Coming out feels really strange,
    But trust I still love you, Neil.

    (Chorus)
    I love you like a brother.
    I love you cuz I’m mother
    To your child.
    To our child.

    I’ll love you ‘til the end of days.
    I love you in so many ways.

    (Verse)
    You’re best man I’ve ever known,
    But “best” doesn’t win a prize.
    And for the all love you’ve shown,
    I’ve only given you lies.

    Remember our honeymoon?
    Happiest days of our life.
    But the days were done too soon.
    Trapped spending nights as a wife.

    I love the way you miss me,
    And look at our son with pride.
    But when you hold and kiss me,
    I die a little inside.

    (Chorus)
    I love you like a brother.
    I love you cuz I’m mother
    To your child.
    To our child.

    I’ll love you ‘til the end of days.
    I love you in so many ways.

    (Bridge)
    I don’t where this will take me,
    I just know I have to go.
    Leaving may not set me free,
    But if I don’t try, I won’t know.

    (Chorus)
    I love you like a brother.
    I love you cuz I’m mother
    To your child.
    To our child.

    I’ll love you ‘til the end of days.
    I love you in so many ways.
    Just not the way
    Where I can stay.

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    1. Oops. In the second verse, the line should read:
      "You're the best man that I've known."
      Sorry for the typo.

      Best,
      Kerry

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  16. Loving this project! Great way to encourage creativity & community.

    Would love to collaborate w/ someone ~
    I'm a theatre performer w/ a natural, soulful, folk-rock sound.

    Check me out:
    http://redrachel.com/media/
    https://www.facebook.com/RedRachNYC

    redrachelrichards@gmail.com

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  17. Good Morning all!

    Thanks to NYPL and JRB, I am beyond thrilled to post a completed song written by myself, DAVID BRUSH (lyricist) and RACHEL DEAN (composer) whom I just recently met via email thanks to this wonderful project!!

    Below is the demo for our first collaboration - "Should've Known Better" (sung by Rachel)

    Happy Listening! - feel free to comment or contact me directly (brushetc@gmail.com) AND would love to hear from any female singers that might be interested in recording this as well.

    David Brush & Rachel Dean

    https://soundcloud.com/brushetc/shouldve-known-better-demo

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    1. Thanks for posting this David! It was such a blast putting this together.

      Any female vocalists or other commentors can also email me at rchldn@gmail.com.

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    2. Hello Doug and Rachel,

      This is beautiful. I would love to sing it! Would you be willing to share the music or a piano track so that I can upload a video or audio file here?

      You can learn more about me at www.emilysgrosland.com

      Thank you,
      Em

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    3. Emily, I really hope you will be contribute your voice to the songs here, but, to be clear, the song is by David Brush [BrushETC above] & Rachel Dean. I'm just hosting the party here :-)

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    4. Thanks Doug.

      Sorry David. I typed the wrong name when I posted earlier (as Doug kindly pointed out). Congrats on a beautiful song.

      Em

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    5. Emily -

      No problem! And thank you - thank you for the great comment! About performing it, email us directly at brushetc@gmail.com and rchldn@gmail.com - let's talk!

      David

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  18. Erin Martinez just tweeted a great suggestion: create a Soundcloud group for these demos. I've created one here:

    https://soundcloud.com/groups/across-a-crowded-room-nypl-songwriting-game

    It doesn't look like I can add songs from other accounts myself, so Rachel and David, would you add your song to the group "dropbox"? (If anyone knows how I can gather songs myself, please email me!)

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    2. I added myself to the group but can't figure out how to upload...

      (also apparently can't figure out how to comment correctly haha. Finally figured it out)

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    3. Same here. I joined but not sure how to transfer a file from my account to the NYPL one...Anyone?

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    4. I think the dropbox is access here:

      http://soundcloud.com/groups/across-a-crowded-room-nypl-songwriting-game/dropbox

      And I think there should be a "Choose File" button on that site that let's you choose which file to upload. (Sorry, I'm new to SoundCloud as anything other than a listener.)

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    5. SUCCESS! That worked, Doug! Thanks! Should be there now.

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    6. DOUG - I am not sure it posted to the group SoundCloud. Can you verify for me?

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    7. Could you post it again. It seemed to be there at one point, but then disappeared. Sorry, still learning the SoundCloud interface.

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    8. First you need to be a member of the group. Then you go to your track and click "add to group". Find the group name and click on it. This should add your track to the group. :)

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  21. I LOVE this idea! Any idea when the next prompt will be up?

    Also: here's my take on lyrics. Feel free to contact me at amandalouisemiller@gmail.com if you'd like to collaborate (or just go ahead and set it--and if no one else does, I will!).

    “HERE’S THE THING” (sung by Annie)

    (verse 1)
    Here’s the thing:
    You know how I’m ok
    with watching girl-on-girl with you,
    and how you say it’s awesome
    that I’m cool with all that stuff?
    ...Well, I’m more than just ok
    with watching girl-on-girl with you.
    Sometimes I watch without you,
    Sometimes I can’t get enough.

    And I’m not sure what it means for me and you,
    but I can’t just keep pretending that it's not true....

    (verse 2)
    Here’s the thing:
    You know how we have lists
    of famous people it’s ok to
    sleep with, and your list is: Mila
    and the chick from Star Wars?
    Well, I know I told you my list
    would be “Hugh and Brad and Spielberg.”
    But, in honesty, my real list
    looks quite a lot like yours....

    So I guess the thing I’m working up the nerve to say
    --or maybe to admit to both of us is that I think -- I know, I’m sure, I’m---

    (bridge)
    It’s not that you’re not so -- you are!
    It’s not that I don’t love -- I do!
    It’s not like I was faking--
    Ok, maybe just a time or two
    or twelve or every time - but wait!
    It’s just that -- I don’t know -- so far--
    it’s like each step were taking--
    I mean, it’s not like you’re not hot - you are!

    And wanting someone just like you
    is something I know I’m supposed to do,
    but it’s like my heart and body finally overruled my head
    and I want something else instead.....

    (Verse 3)
    Here’s the thing:
    You know when I stood up
    beside you in a white dress
    and I told the world I loved you
    and we sealed it with a kiss?
    Here’s the thing: I wasn’t lying
    when I told the world I loved you.
    And it broke my heart to realize
    that our “for worse” was this.

    And I’m sorry, and it sucks,
    and we don’t have to work out anything tonight
    Here’s the thing: We’re smart, we’re young,
    we’ll figure something out together... Right?
    Right?
    Right?
    All right?
    All right?

    (spoken) Neil, are you listening to me?

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  22. It looks like I'm late to the party, which is to be expected because I'm a VERY SLOW writer. But here is my song lyric and song (already sort of wrote the music):

    "I Have Always Loved You"
    By Quenton Ellis.

    ANNIE:
    So the truth has finally been spoken
    I know it's hard to hear
    But I guess this would have happened anyway
    So for this moment just listen to what I have to say...

    I have always loved you
    You are my best friend
    I know it's been a long rough journey
    But this is not the end

    I don't know when it started
    Feelings I don't understand
    Maybe it's generics or I'm crazy
    But I know where I must stand

    I can't find the right words to say
    Who knew one moment could change a whole day?
    She changed the way I think, I feel
    With her I know my love is real
    But it's so hard when I know we've shared so much

    I can't hide what's inside anymore
    It's time for me to walk through that door
    And love myself for who I am
    And not what YOU want me to be
    I have tried so hard to fight these feelings
    Knowing that they won't go away
    But that's okay...

    I have always loved you
    You are my best friend
    I pledged my whole life
    I became your wife
    (Spoken)
    Do I regret it?
    No.
    (Sung.)
    But this is where our journey must end.

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    1. Genetics* Auto correct, thank you for embarrassing me.

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  23. Thanks to this Forum, here is the first collaboration between

    Jen Shuber (lyrics) and Rosalind Mills (Composer)
    Vocals are also by Rosalind Mills.

    Please click here to listen to "Annie's Song", our JRB assignment.

    https://soundcloud.com/groups/across-a-crowded-room-nypl-songwriting-game

    This has been such a fun process! We'd love to hear feedback.

    Best,
    Jen

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  24. Hello all -

    So this project really is coming to fruition. Attached you will hear a studio recording of "Should've Known Better" - Lyrics by David Brush, Music by Rachel Dean and recorded by Rachel Richards.....all of whom have known each other for approximately a week and a half. How cool is that?? Thanks NYPL and JRB!

    David Brush
    brushetc@gmail.com

    https://soundcloud.com/brushetc/shouldve-known-better

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  25. (Oops, looks like I'd posted this in the wrong place yesterday! So I'm re=posting.)

    I hope this is OK to post this link. Since none of the folk who contacted ended up setting this, I just did this sketchy demo with my own tune since the next assignment screen has started

    Looking Back on Marriage - very basic piano demo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTkSGgVOYd0

    It's an unmixed sketch (used auto-tune vocal transformer rathe than "real" singers, hence the distortion and occasional Edith Bunker-style high notes). If this first assignment is still going on even after the new one is up, I'm still very open to someone else doing a setting!

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  26. Hey everyone! I know it's VERY VERY late, but I decided to post my song for this contest, and sing it. So here goes nothing!

    "I Have Always Loved You"
    Written and performed by: Quenton Ellis.

    https://soundcloud.com/quenton-ellis/i-have-always-loved-you

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  27. The loft is perfect, Neil. The loft is fine.
    To be frank I do not care which closet's yours and which is mine.
    I know you think this home is proof our life is well on track
    And devotion can be measured by full shelves of bric-a-brac
    But lately I am struck by just how wrong our marriage feels
    You're eager to meet milestones while I slowly drag my heels.

    Like when you planned out walking routes to PS 17
    For children penciled on a timeline that I've never seen
    Yet never questioned all the times I pled a pounding head
    And other ploys to keep postponing joining you in bed.

    And though I had my doubts before we moved to a blue state
    I hadn't faced the prospect of a J train filled with bait
    Now every ride across the bridge still further shows the lie
    With views of spice and sugar, time and water rushing by.

    It's not that I don't love you, it's not that don't care
    I thought that we could make it when we two became a pair.
    But I can't continue on when even vaulted and exposed beams
    Refuse to bear the weight of all my honest, unimposed dreams.

    So Neil, it comes to this: I knew not what I swore
    I never thought there'd be a day when I could hope for more
    Than little wife, in cozy home, keeping domestic score
    Content to live with you when it's not men that I adore.

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  28. I am very excited to collaborate and support new musical theatre composers/lyricists and hope you will join me in supporting their efforts! After all, without them we would have no new Broadway shows to go see!

    Thank you to David Brush and Rachel Dean for asking me to lend my vocals to their beautiful composition! I realize there have been a couple other recordings, which are also fabulous!

    "Should've Known Better"
    http://soundcloud.com/emphoto2003/shouldve-known-better

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