Happy Days Are Near Again

November 14, 2014 8:03 AM

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When stuck for inspiration, songwriters often start to draw up lists. A list can be devoted to any topic that will generate rhymes. If, for instance, the character you're writing for is the Lord High Executioner of Titipu, you can describe a whole bunch of people to the audience whose presence (should it ever become necessary) would definitely not be missed.

Sometimes a simple device like a calendar can provide inspiration for a musical number. "The Lusty Month of May" (from Lerner & Loewe's 1960 musical, Camelot) may not be the greatest song ever written for a Broadway musical, but it serves its purpose in moving the show's plot forward. With an expans...

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