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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist

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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#1
Posted: 9/20/19 at 12:53pm

My girlfriend and I have been working on this project called One Song From for a few months now and thought people here might enjoy what we're up to! We're writing original 1-minute songs from made up musicals, and working with local Chicago musical performers to bring them to life on video via Instagram and Facebook.

Here's the Instagram feed if you're feeling like checking it out: https://www.instagram.com/onesongfrom/

And our most popular vid so far on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/iOComedyNetwork/videos/2386648181449212/

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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#2
Posted: 9/20/19 at 12:55pm
Message from a Nightingale
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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#3
Posted: 9/20/19 at 2:18pm

"In Germany Before the War" by Randy Newman is a complete one-off in his catalogue, a chilling approximation of the Sondheim/Wheeler sound written several years before Sweeney Todd. It's not from a musical but it seems like it would have been, and it paints the picture of an alternate universe where Newman became one of Broadway's most acclaimed and adventurous composers.

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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#4
Posted: 9/20/19 at 5:07pm

Sometimes it's important to read the post and not just the title.

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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#5
Posted: 9/20/19 at 5:49pm

Wowowow, I just went and listened to this song by both Randy Newman and Marianne Faithfall and I'm in tears.  It's just chilling and beautiful and so, so sad.  Thank you for posting.

darquegk said: ""In Germany Before the War" by Randy Newman is a complete one-off in his catalogue, a chilling approximation of the Sondheim/Wheeler sound written several years before Sweeney Todd. It's not from a musical but it seems like it would have been, and it paints the picture of an alternate universe where Newman became one of Broadway's most acclaimed and adventurous composers."

 

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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#6
Posted: 9/20/19 at 5:51pm

Even so, I'm glad to have been introduced to that Randy Newman song.  Sometimes chat board mistakes are beautiful. :)

CATSNYrevival said: "Sometimes it's important to read the post and not just the title."

 

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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#7
Posted: 9/21/19 at 9:08am
Randy Newman once said “the prettiest song I ever wrote was the one about the child molester.”
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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#8
Posted: 9/23/19 at 10:35pm

darquegk said: "Randy Newman once said “the prettiest song I ever wrote was the one about the child molester.”"

Ew, really?  Wow--I don't know much about him or his preferences...how disturbing.

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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#9
Posted: 9/24/19 at 7:29am
The song mentioned above, In Germany Before the War, is the “song about the child molester.” Newman is a satirist with a famously dark sense of humor, but he plays the self-delusion and queasy nostalgia of an old monster for his glory days pitch-black straight. It’s haunting.

But no worries, Newman is no more a pedophile than Sondheim is a cannibal baker.
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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#10
Posted: 9/24/19 at 3:45pm

Oh I see now.  I had interpreted it totally differently.  I thought it was about the holocaust and the little girl was a relative or neighbor to the man and she had been killed.  I guess that's the great thing about art, it can evoke different emotions and meanings depending on a person's experiences or history.  

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Songs From Musicals That Don't Exist#11
Posted: 9/24/19 at 7:57pm
Interesting! I had never even thought about it that way.

I think canonically the “man who owns the store” is the same child predator that inspired the famous movie M, in which he was played by Peter Lorre.