owen music

I’m not a music writer but I wanna talk about the tough divinity in women, about how it sounds in our music, about grimes and fka twigs and dawn Richards and kelly lee Owens. I wanna talk about the grotesque heads of the hostas pushing their way out of the matted dirt and slime in my garden beds, twisted cronenberg clusters shedding worm castings to reach the light and air where they can unfurl. How long do they spend underground before they crown? How many of them die before we see them? How shallowly we eye them, commenting on color & stripe & bloom & leaf. We forget the frost. We forget the war they fought to reach us. We do them a disservice to call them pretty. They’re miracles.

put on a show → a few personal favorites from my selection of live recordings

01. all grown up: lindsay pearce as ivy robinson in bare: a rock opera (la)

02. a heart full of love brian rosenthal as marius pontmercy in les miserables (university of michigan)

03. mama who bore me: alexandra socha as wendla bergman in spring awakening

04. dancing through life: aaron tveit as fiyero in wicked

05. i never planned on you/don’t come a-knockin: kara lindsay as katherine plumber and adam kaplan (u/s) as jack kelly in newsies

06. life is screwy: original cast in saved!

07. word of your body: andy mientus as hanschen rillow and ben fankhauser as ernst in spring awakening

08. a little fall of rain: fra fee (u/s) as marius pontmercy and helen owen (u/s) as eponine thenardier in les miserables

09. aftershocks: aaron tveit as gabe goodman in next to normal (last performance)

10. empty chairs at empty tables: rob houchen as marius pontmercy in les miserables

11. goodbye: aaron tveit as frank abagnale jr in catch me if you can (last performance)

12. i believe: matt doyle as kevin price in the book of mormon

13. live in living color: aaron tveit as frank abagnale jr in catch me if you can (pre-broadway)

14. empty chairs at empty tables: andy mientus as marius pontmercy in les miserables (first performance)

15. man up: ben platt as arnold cunningham the book of mormon (last chicago performance)

16. santa fe: corey cott as jack kelly in newsies

17. man up: aj holmes as arnold cunningham in the book of mormon (chicago)

18. all that jazz: samantha barks as velma kelly in chicago (hollywood bowl)

19. what you own: aaron tveit as roger davis and skylar astin as mark cohen rent (hollywood bowl)

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