14 September 2005

Give Me Some Melody!

In the Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along, there's a song toward the end in which a trio of young composers and lyricists try to get an agent for the show they've written. The agent is underwhelmed by their experimentation, their breaking away from the norms of what is expected in a Broadway musical:
Why can't you throw 'em a crumb?
What's wrong with letting them tap their toes a bit?
I'll let you know when Stravinsky has a hit--
Give me some melody!
Well, Hal Duncan, who is no stranger to gardes that are at least moderately avant, has now written lyrics to a song that most certainly needs to be given a melody:
There's tall men and short men,
And average height.
There's fat men and skinny,
There's black and there's white.
There's red, brown and yellow,
Broad-shouldered and slight.
And all in this garden of earthly deliiiiight...
It gets fabulously raunchier from there.

2 comments:

  1. Gee. Though there are things I admire about Sondheim, I just wish that his lyrics had a fraction of the balls (and other stuff) that Hal Duncon puts into those lyrics.

    Rick Bowes

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  2. Another thing I wish is that I could spell the name of Hal Duncan a writer about whom I am just beginning to learn.

    Rick

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