A New Musical Revue

The Squeeze

Since the early 80’s, wage raises haven’t match growing inflation and there has been an ever increasing income disparity from the wealthy to lower classes. This has caused frustration and stagnation among the middle class and hopelessness among the poor. Both Republicans and Democrats have acknowledged the problem but have different ideas for a solution. In 1995 Nancy Pelosi termed it the middle class “Squeeze” – and because ‘the squeeze’ has consequently shaped modern times, I decided to write a satirical (yet inspirational) musical revue about it. The piece emphasizes how people have persevered despite their struggle and stagnation. The music focuses on folk, modern and early jazz styles, meant to draw on the nostalgic sound of a Shubert Brothers revue in New York City in the 30’s (they were often about the depression). The piece consists of 13 musical numbers and 2 instrumental works, run time at about an hour. There are two tenor singers and two sopranos.  There is a version for piano and voice and another (soon to be completed) orchestrated version for piano, voice, bass, percussion, violin and woodwinds (1 player). Below is the musical numbers list. Music and Lyrics by Amos Gillespie. Development assistance by Michael Gillis. Demo tracks sung by Rebecca Prescott and Michael Gillis, Amos Gillespie playing piano. The project was recently awarded support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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Musical numbers:

1) Think Less, all 4 voices

2) Timing, tenor 2

3) A Sketch from Cezanne, soprano 2

4) Cheap Husband; soprano 1

5) Drinking Alone; instrumental

6) Giving; soprano 2

7) Can’t Make Dance Night; soprano 1/tenor 1

8) Caged Bird; soprano 2

9) I Can Handle Debt; tenor 2

10) The Executive Party; instrumental

11) What We Love Is What We Own; soprano 1/ tenor 1

12) Squeeze My Nectar (parody of Led Zeppelin’s “Squeeze my Lemon”); tenor 2

13) Rich Guy On The Train; tenor 1/tenor 2

14) Love Letter; soprano 1

15) Hometown Parade; all 4 voices