Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted song to be danceable

Cover art for the Lin Manuel Miranda single Courtesy of the artist Cover art for the Lin Manuel Miranda single"Almost Like Praying
Edmund Wade | 07 October, 2017, 00:35

When Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, it was personal for "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose family hails from the island.

"Puerto Ricans, that's 3.5 million American citizens, just like Texas, just like Florida", said the younger Miranda whose parents moved to NY from Puerto Rico.

"For Puerto Ricans who live all over the world, who have a connection and family on the island there was a bad silence several days where we were just waiting for word". For some, those days were weeks. "For me, that helplessness turned into, 'OK, well, what can I write that will help?"

Written by Miranda only last week, the original song borrows its title and instantly indelible hook from the classic show tune "Maria", from West Side Story. "If I can manage to put all 78 towns into a lyric for this song and then use the song for fundraising relief, that's something we can all get behind". Miranda called upon old friends like Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, as well as talented singers he'd never met, likeLuis Fonsi and Camila Cabello. Proceeds from "Almost Like Praying" go directly to the Hispanic Federation to assist folks coping with the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. Sin Suela finally answered on Saturday, saying he was on the island and had just gotten power. Estefan, who was flying to Puerto Rico the next day on a relief mission, volunteered to pick it up.

Miranda, who tweeted that President Trump is "going straight to hell" for his response to the disaster in Puerto Rico, told USA Today, "I was very glad to have something to do while that was happening".

Ricky Martin and Daddy Yankee were also invited to take part but were already too busy assisting with hurricane recovery to participate.

As for Miranda, he says he'll be visiting Puerto Rico as soon as it becomes helpful. "I've never seen the president of the United States attack the victims of a natural disaster".

"Maria will always have a different connotation for me now", Miranda said. "This has been an unprecedented disaster that requires a precedence response".

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