Auditioning for the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop! – Part 16 (My Walk Around NYC As I Discover Problems In My Song)

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Picking up from last time –

The problems I saw.

I had a parallel rhyme at the end of the song. I rhymed “addition” with “audition,” and those two words don’t really rhyme. Starting in the stressed syllable – “dition,” they both start with the same consonant. “Dition” and “dition” are the same. (They don’t actually rhyme.)

I also noticed that in the new bridge I did the same thing with “elation,” “adulation,” and “defibrillation” (which most likely technically also has a problem in that you’d probably stress “fib” more than any other syllable in that word, but let’s not even worry about that).

I learned all that while walking around New York City.

While B was in Avenue Q, I took one of the walks around that I always used to love taking – though all my normal Tasti D-Lites are gone! (What?)

I walked by The Late Show – only this time, instead of David Letterman’s name being up, Stephen Colbert’s face greets me. (I once saw Letterman’s show on a whim, and I’m glad I did, since I couldn’t now.)

I also, of course, walked through gorgeous Times Square. (That’s where I noticed my first Tasti D-Lite was gone. The second one was Columbus Circle.)

Mainly, I was headed toward Lincoln Center. That is my spot – the beautiful, calm, big open middle of Lincoln Center is one place where I love to sit and write. But when I got there, I saw that they were playing (on a screen, not live) an opera in the middle of Lincoln Center! There were tons of people around. And I just thought, “What a city! A big opera screening and tons of people come out. Goodness, this is beautiful.”

I hung out there for a small bit of time (since I did still have work to do). As I was doing my walking, there was a time I was just past the top of Times Square. So, I wasn’t in a crowded area all, but I had a beautiful full view of all the lit signs.

I had my face pretty much in my phone going over my song. And as I got to the line, “Maybe this is realistic,” I looked up and saw that view of Times Square – and it became so real. Not just a song. But there, right in my face, maybe this is realistic. Maybe New York, Broadway, all of this – look! It’s right in front of me. I am here auditioning. And maybe this life is realistic for me.

(The timing of seeing that made me feel like I was in a movie.)

When Avenue Q was almost over, I went back to New Work Stages to Meet B.

After the show, we went close by to Amadeus pizza for dinner. (It seemed very fitting because that was one of my favorite shows we worked on in high school. And the pizza was delicious in case you were wondering.) We talked about Avenue Q for a bit and how wonderful it was. Then on the subway on the way home, we talked about the things I noticed in the song.

And this is where I’ll pick up next time.

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