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RESIDENCY SET LIST: MEGAN HILTY COMES DOWNTOWN 8/15/16

8/23/16

Megan and I have been going back and forth for about a year to find one night that we were both able to do a show together, and we finally landed here: Show #18, a muggy Monday night in August, with two hundred folks packing SubCulture to the gills to enjoy some fantastic music-making. I premiered a new song about the experience of dropping off my daughter at the same summer camp I went to as a teenager; my cover of the month was an impressionistic jazz arrangement of a great, underpraised Sondheim song; and generally I partied with myRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST: JRB & SHAINA TAUB 7/27

8/9/16

When I told Randy that Shaina Taub would be joining us for this concert, he said, “Oh, man, she’s the real thing.” Truer words ne’er have been spoken. I first saw Shaina when she performed “The Visitors” at the Lilly Awards last November. Her confidence and command as a performer was really impressive, but it was the assurance and invention in her songwriting that really knocked me out. This was an important writer and an important voice. Turned out I was a little late to the party – she had already given a powerhouse concert at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook,Read More »

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 »