EXCLUSIVE: Jason Robert Brown Breaks Down His Salsa Jam ‘Melinda’

Video   EXCLUSIVE: Jason Robert Brown Breaks Down His Salsa Jam ‘Melinda’
 
The three-time Tony winner takes listeners “Inside the Album” of How We React and How We Recover in this exclusive video series.

“‘Melinda’ is the only song on the album that's actually from a musical,” says Tony-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown in the latest “Inside the Album” video about his latest recording. “It's from a musical I haven't yet written—and may never write—though I hope I do.”

One of the 12 tracks on Brown's How We React and How We Recover, “Melinda” has been a crowd favorite during the compoer's artistic residency at SubCulture. With a salsa flair and killer violin solo by Todd Reynolds, the song captures his vision of the New York music scene. “To me it's what I feel like New York felt like in 1976—the chaos of it,” he says.

“There’s such yearning in this character to be heard; he wants nothing more than for people to know what he has inside of him,” he adds. “‘Melinda’ is very clearly sung by a character—and also is very clearly about me.”

WATCH: GO INSIDE THE WRITING OF ‘HOPE’ FROM JASON ROBERT BROWN’S NEW ALBUM

Listen to the full track below and check out the full album from Ghostlight Records here.

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