On October 24, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Miranda revealed that his latest single “Almost Like Praying,” a fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, was his outlet as he waited for news in the aftermath of the storm.
“I’m like everyone who has friends or family on the island. I was waiting for word from my family and I needed something to do,” he told Fallon of the impetus to write the song. “The challenge became what lyrics can you say. So I said, ‘If I could name all 78 towns in the lyric...,’ which in many ways is the dorkiest possible response. But there are a lot of towns that don’t feel heard and don't feel like they're getting the same relief, and I wanted to elevate them.”
From idea to released recording, it only took Miranda two weeks to finish the project—much to his son’s approval.
“My son doesn’t like Hamilton. He likes ‘Dear Theodosia’ because he thinks my wife wrote it,” said Miranda. “She sings him to sleep with that song, and if I try to sing it he goes, ‘You did not write that song. Mommy wrote that song.’”
To close out his visit, Miranda freestyled with The Roots in the video below: