Music

Of all the things I do what I probably like best is writing lyrics.  For me, it’s the perfect blend of all my interests – music, storytelling, exploration of character as an actor, and a love of the English language and all things “word”. (I’m a big Scrabble player and crossword puzzle person…)

I write lyrics for musical theatre but also really enjoy writing stand-alone songs in the singer/songwriter and cabaret mode.  This way I get to work with a variety of talented composers and I also have the chance to sing my own compositions as well as hear other singers’ interpretations.

In a stand-alone song the life of the song is not dependent on a production of a whole play like it is in a musical. And no context is needed as the entire story is contained within the song. Very satisfying.

“Everything Must Go”

Lyrics by Hillary Rollins
Music by Matthew Levine
Vocals by Maude Maggart
Pianist: Matthew Levine

“She’s Lovely”

Lyrics by Hillary Rollins
Music by Matthew Levine
Vocals: Alison Levine
Pianist: Matthew Levine

“What Kind of Man Would I Be?”

Lyrics by Hillary Rollins
Music by Matthew Levine
Vocals: Pat Whiteman
Pianist: Matthew Levine

“Reprise”

Lyrics by Hillary Rollins
Music by Michael Asher
Vocals: Ana Guagus
Keyboards & Arrangement: Michael Asher