This is the 4th of 11 posts about our project, Give My Regards to Broadway: Classic Showtunes Reimagined.
Track #4 of our project is "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from "Flower Drum Song". Music by Richard Rodgers and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
Have you all ever heard Megan Dorn sing? If you haven't listened to our track, or found a way to hear her in the past, that is a damn travesty. This girl can sing like few people I have ever heard. This past winter I was fortunate enough to take part in Marcus and Megan's christmas album, where she sang a rendition of "Merry Christmas, Baby" that will blow your mind. (You can find that here) So I knew I wanted her to showcase her stuff on a pop track for us.
This was one of the final tracks we completed because it required more research (at least on my part) as this isn't a style of music I'm generally versed in. Megan and Marcus were exceedingly patient with me as I asked umpteen bajillion questions that usually made no sense and made suggestions of a similar kind. The difficulty of this track really came down in the arrangement, however. The song is written in a verse/refrain style, but Pop is generally defined by a catchy chorus. Well, we didn't really want to write original lyrics and music over Rodgers and Hammerstein (those guys were pretty good, you know?). Marcus had the brilliant idea to use "girl" in a sort of contemporary pop "glitch" idea. It allowed us to have a fun, jammable chorus without writing new words for monsieur Hammerstein, and allowed us to create a fully fleshed pop track.
Marcus built every bit of the track (except drums, shoutout to Aaron Drescher, drummer for this album!) and then Megan killed it (of course). The rest, as they say, is history. Give it a listen!
Check out all the tracks at www.neddonovan.com/GMRTB
Megan Dorn (w/ Marcus Thorne Bagala) - “I Enjoy Being a Girl”
From the musical "Flower Drum Song"
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Arrangement by Marcus Thorne Bagalá
Recorded at Muse Light Music
Produced and Mixed by Marcus Thorne Bagalá
Executive Producer - Ned Donovan (neddonovan.com)
Mastering by Steven "SolidGold” Goldman at Four Legs Records (fourlegsrecords.com)
Guitar and Programming - Marcus Thorne Bagalá (marcusbagala.com)
Vocals - Megan Dorn (megandorn.com)
Drums - Aaron Drescher
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