Time on My Hands
Tell us about your song. If it’s from a musical, set the song up for us.
Time On My Hands is from “Women on Love: A Theatrical Song Cycle”. When performed as part of the production, the song is a quintet, where the back-up vocalists reprise lines from previous songs and add harmonies to the final verse.
Did you write it for anyone in mind?
I was working with the wonderful Amy Justman (Broadway’s “Company”) on other material, and was inspired by her gorgeous voice to write something for a true soprano.
What are you most proud of with this song?
I think I stretched my own boundaries as a composer, especially in the harmonic language and the use of soaring vocal lines. My other songs tend to be uptempo and wordy.
What was the most difficult thing about writing this song?
It’s a tie between “Using puns in an honest and moving way” and “The pressure of writing the closing number for an entire evening of songs”.
What else would you like us to know about this song?
Half way through my process I realized that there is a Vincent Youmans song from the 1930’s with the same title. Getting over the initial intimidation, and continuing to take the song in the direction I had planned to take it, was definitely a challenge.
Tell us what excites you most about contemporary musical theatre.
I am glad to see that dark, “serious”, and very human experiences are making their way back on the stage (such as “Next to Normal”), putting musical theater in the same realm as “straight plays”.
What do you find to be most challenging about this business?
Getting people to come see live theater!!!
What are you currently working on?
My current project is “Resident Alien”, a show about a family of three Soviet immigrants to the US in the 1990’s. It explores the ways in which different people deal with culture shock and a language barrier.
How can we keep track of what you’re up to?
Please visit www.katyastan.com for updates, and to purchase sheet music.
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