Like every great story that came before
Growing up I was very active in theatre and loved old musicals. Every great production or movie began with an overture. I wanted to tie in my musical theatre roots to this story and compose a theme. Listen closely, because the theme will come back, too :).
The overture begins with the orchestral theme I wrote to represent Thomas Coleman. It segues into three songs you'll hear later in the album, No to the Party, Nothing Can Stop Us Now and Put Them in the Streets.
Paul Norman, the producer of this project, and I were finished laying down the tracks when we decided we needed something more. We got the idea to add some vocal texture over the beginning. We found John F. Kennedy's commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963. His carefully chosen words lined up perfectly with what we already recorded, so we knew it was meant to be.
The next song is Put Them in the Streets...looking forward to telling you more about it 🙂