The songs in Fannie Lou are an original musical mix ranging from roots/blues to operetta in a dynamic, genre-spanning gamut. One of the most encouraging outcomes of the Oct. 6, 2012, world premiere is that many audience members asked about the availability of a CD as they were leaving the theater.
We're working on that. In the meantime. You can listen to demo versions of a few of the songs below. For the first song, "Sick and Tired," Felicia is doing the vocal and Charles' masterful work can be heard on keyboard and in the arrangement. "Sick and Tired" was among audience song favorites.
Also included among the selections below is "This Little Light of Mine." While it is not part of the Fannie Lou score -- all of the music is completely origial -- it was one of Fannie Lou Hamer's favorite songs. Many times when she sang it, it gave voting and civil rights activist the strength and courage to conintu on with their very difficult work.
The first demo is of the song "Sick and Tired," a favorite among audience members. Fannie Lou Hamer was known for the phrase "I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired," and this song was inspired by that. In the musical it's performed by Fannie Lou in Act I, and relays her frustration at being denied voting and other civil rights.
This song, "Step By Step," was one of the last written for Fannie Lou. In the musical it is sung by Minister Young, a clerical apprentice, at a time when doubts about the struggle begin to overwhelm him, and he has an unsettling premonition. This recording is unique because in the musical Minister Young sings only part of the song -- he's interrupted by Rev. Hill before completing it. So, you're actually hearing the entirety of "Step By Step" performed publicly for the very first time, right here on this site.
(Note: To hear a two-part-harmony arrangement of this song, please visit here.)
This third demo, "This Little Light of Mine," actually isn't part of Felicia's Fannie Lou score. Since it was Fannie Lou Hamer's favorite song to sing, it was considered and originally planned as one of the songs in the musical. That's why Felicia recorded it several months before the world premiere. But in the end, she decided to go with completely original music for the score, and took "This Little Light of Mine" out of the musical. But you can hear and download her version of it, on viola, right here.
Here's another bonus track. This is a promo recorded last spring, after our second staged reading of selected scenes and songs, and in anticipation of the Oct. 6, 2012 world premiere of Fannie Lou.
Brief excerpts from several of the 20 original songs from the Fannie Lou score are highlighted. The featured snippets on this promo are from the following songs (the characters who sing them in the show are in parentheses): "I Am" (Fannie Lou), "Sick and Tired" (Fannie Lou), "Hold On" (Laura and Fannie Lou), "Bigger Than Myself" (Pamela), "Who Owns You?" (Junior), "Bless His Soul" (Laura), "Make It Like It Was Before" (Mr. Richards and other voting-rights resisters), "The Right to Vote" (prospective voters) and a reprise of "I Am" (Fannie Lou).
For more information about these or other songs from Fannie Lou, or if you have questions about other aspects of the production, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Read about our sold-out world premiere (the first show sold out more than a month in advance!!) at broadwayworld.com