When we first heard the songs on Broadway, it wasn’t long after the ’50s that we realized the tunes were the first to use a “Bicentennial” (meaning the birthday of the nation) theme.
“They just happened to be the ones that were first,” says Jeff Koons, a composer and songwriter who wrote the Broadway-themed musical, which premiered in July.
We really weren’t in the market for something new, and so I just had to try something new,” he says.
And then he started composing the songs.
Koons is a former student of the music department at Boston University, and he’s currently at work on a music opera based on the Broadway musical, set to premiere this fall.
He first learned about the Broadway songs through a friend.
In addition to his music-writing credits, Koons has a wide range of other interests.
He writes about sports, literature, and even his own favorite sport, basketball.
The Boston Opera Company commissioned him to write the opera version of the “Billionaire Boys” song “I’m a Ballerina” for the musical, and then gave him the freedom to explore new themes.
Koons, whose father was a singer, has been exploring the song for years, learning about its history and meaning.
When the song first hit Broadway, he recalls, he felt like “I was just sitting on a pile of bricks, so to speak, and it was like, Wow, I’ve got this thing going on right now.”
A lot of the time it was just the same words repeated over and over again. “
I remember sitting there for like five minutes,” he recalls.
A lot of the time it was just the same words repeated over and over again.
It was a lot of fun.
I really liked the melody, and the lyrics were really good. “
It was really interesting.
I really liked the melody, and the lyrics were really good.
And then there was a little bit of a lyricism about, ‘I’m just an old man and I’ll be gone tomorrow.'”
The song has become an anthem for the country, and Koons believes that’s why it has resonated so deeply.
“Bentleys Hill” was one of the first country songs to make it into the top 40 singles of the 1980s, and its popularity has continued to grow, Koon says.
In 2014, Konson wrote an album of original Broadway songs that will include a reinterpretation of the Broadway song.
It’s been so popular, he says, that he plans to write more original Broadway material.
“There’s a lot more that I’m going to explore,” he adds.
To celebrate the Broadway revival, Kions son recently bought a Broadway ticket to watch “Brent & Co.” and the musical’s opening night.
“We had an audience there last night.
It’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see it again,” he tells ABC News.”
But there’s a whole bunch of things I’m really interested in going into, and that’s all from my point of view.”