It's a weird week to be going Behind the Lyrics on any song I've written because I'm not interested in looking back right now. I want to walk the streets of New Jersey one district over from my liberal neighborhood (the town's motto is "a stigma-free town," if such a thing exists) and explain to white women why we need to get our shit together and vote for our own interest and agency.
But maybe this is just as important. I guess I wouldn't write it if I didn't think it was.
Like any relationship, our relationship to music can function as a distraction, or it can be a support system. There are a ton of songs out there to help us shake it off, but what about songs that meet us where we are?
Modern musical theatre has become a master class in honest dialogue – and what a welcome and amazing thing that is. When I first heard the songs of Kerrigan-Lowdermilk many years ago, that is what struck me most – the honesty. Kerrigan’s lyrical prowess lies in her ability to balance honest awkwardness with poetic metaphor. […]
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This September, NMT is putting a spotlight on its writers. Each day, we’ll be featuring one writer or writing team’s recommended audition songs and audition tips – and sharing a discount code for their one-day-only Spotlight Sale! Today, we’re putting the spotlight on Kerrigan-Lowdermilk. Not too long ago, Kait and Brian released a glorious set of songbooks into the […]
One of the hardest things to do as a performer is to play a child when you’re, well…not a child. While the idea of it definitely carries a comedic aspect that would benefit you, there is also the risk of making it too much of a cartoon. Part of what can help such a performance […]
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For this installment of Lyric Lens, I knew I wanted to examine the way that Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk capture the voices of children in their writing. Of course, there are many great songs for kid characters in their show Henry and Mudge. The one most people probably know best is “My Party Dress,” […]
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Rewrites are essential in every storytelling medium, but theatre remains the one where the most can change for a product’s legacy. A film can only be edited so much; television is so immediate that it’s forever fixed. A play or a musical, on the other hand, is always changing just by the very nature of […]