Before the original cast recording of Miss You Like Hell is released digitally October 5, check out this exclusive track from Ghostlight Records of Daphne Rubin-Vega singing "Mothers."
Miss You Like Hell tells the story of undocumented immigrant Beatriz (Rubin-Vega), on the road trip of a lifetime with her estranged 16-year-old daughter, Olivia (Gizel Jiménez). The musical, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes and singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, opened at Off-Broadway's Public Theater April 10. Directed by Lear deBessonet with choreography by Danny Mefford, the show will celebrate the album release with an October 8 concert at Joe's Pub—benefiting Madre, an organization that works with migrant mothers and families separated by migration.
Listen to the track below, and read what Hudes and McKeowen had to say about "Mothers" for Playbill's Track-By-Track Breakdown series.
QAH: Early in our collaboration, Erin sent me a very rough sketch of 16 bars of spiky rhythm and syncopated riffing. She emailed it to me, like, “Am I on the right track here?” I listened to it on earbuds while waiting for the uptown A at 34th Street, and I was like, “Yes! Yes!” She was making a bold rhythmic proposal, and we found the sound of the show. I listened to that sketch on loop all day.
EM: I remember that day very clearly too! Sending a sketch is incredibly vulnerable, especially when there’s a chance something can get lost in the translation, or a collaborator might not see the same potential you do. That day, I learned that Quiara is a tremendous musician with big, big ears. She could tell where I was headed! For me, it was the day our partnership took flight.