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