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RESIDENCY SET LIST: POST-TONY EXTRAVAGANZA 6/18

6/20/16

Last night, four guys with beards (and one unbelievable woman) opened their mouths at SubCulture and amazing things came out. I wanted to celebrate some great writing on Broadway this season, and I wanted to make some great music with fantastic people, and I got my wish in spades. Back in April 2015, I shared the concert with my friend and colleague Tom Kitt, and we had a fantastic time playing each other’s material and trading handing off the reins. If part of this residency is about me getting to go down different roads, then now, over a year later,Read More »

A SONG ABOUT YOUR GUN

6/16/16

After Columbine, after Virginia Tech, after Fort Hood, after Tuscon, after Aurora, after Sandy Hook, after San Bernadino, and now, after two horrifying shootings over the weekend in Orlando, I have finally learned the words I need to say. I started writing this song after the massacre in San Bernadino last December, but I couldn’t really figure out how to finish it. The second verse came to me with startling clarity in April, on a day when gun violence had temporarily receded from the front pages. The performance here is the first time I sang the song in public, atRead More »

SO I WROTE A SONG FOR ARIANA GRANDE’S ALBUM.

5/21/16

Once upon a time, I signed a contract with a music publisher to write pop songs. I had just gotten to Los Angeles, they offered me a nice advance, and I thought it would be a great way to see the music business from the inside. What I had assumed up until that point – and I really did believe this – was that the way pop songs were written was that a songwriter would sit down and write a song, and then the publisher would take that song and give it to a recording artist who might choose toRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 5/15: CHAMBER MUSIC WITH LA CHANZE

5/17/16

A night of joy and grace. After the amazing response to the April concert, I knew I wanted to go in an entirely different direction for this one, so I stripped the band down to a trio, and we all had the gift of being joined by one of the true lights of the musical theater, La Chanze. The night before this show, I had the privilege to attend a concert by one of my favorite pianists, the astounding Fred Hersch, whose guest was my friend, the wonderful Kate McGarry. What I saw watching and listening to those two longtimeRead More »

SUBCULTURE SET LIST: LINDSAY MENDEZ FOR PASSOVER

4/25/16

I don’t think there could have been a better way to spend the second night of Passover than at SubCulture with my sensational band, a full horn section, and the gorgeous and wonderful Lindsay Mendez. I started the evening raising a glass of Manischewitz (ugh) and leading an audience sing-along to the Pesach classic, “Dayenu,” set to a merengue rhythm. I brought two brand-new songs, one from The Connector and one aimed directly at the National Rifle Association. Lindsay transcendently sang my all-time favorite Joni Mitchell song, featuring one of Todd Reynolds’s most lyrical solos. And the horn section blastedRead More »