The Ball

2021 Single by Acropolis Blues

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This was a super fun song to write! I got the itch to write a musical again, but I know from doing just that, that it's a lot of work. For one, the songs themselves are easily an entire album's worth; and that's just writing. After that you need to do blocking, choreography, props, so many things. However, it occurred to me that a lot of people are experiencing musicals for the first time through original broadway cast recordings. And it's not a new concept to make a few songs in the musical very pop-y and easy to digest, just so that it could be released on its own; that's what showtunes are and the first time I heard about Dear Evan Hansen was through its song "If I Could Tell Her."

So I had this idea to write a song for a musical that doesn't exist. Just a specific scene in an unspecified musical that feels like it has a larger story to it. I was inspired by the story "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant, so I thought I'd write a song for a section of that story. I thought the string sounds would fit better than my usual sound, so those are still synths but they're wearing the clothing of a classical era, much like the actors in Bridgerton. Once I had the song down, I called my good friend Mish who sang the other part beautifully and we had a song! I still do hope to one day write a full musical again. It was an experience like no other, being around so many talented individuals all working towards a common goal.

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[Verse] My love, ma belle, why wouldn't we go? I've not a dress, a pair of shoes, or a bow. I'll have no less, You will only have the best, And you and I can go,

My love, ma belle, what's wrong what's right? A jewel on my neck, and I'd be ready for the night! I'll have no less, We'll borrow diamonds from our friends, And you and I can dance,

[Chorus] Will you dance the night away with me? Take a step in forward to the beat, With your hands in mine I know I'll be complete, I'll give you everything, everything and me,

[Verse] I know we've got very little to spare, My dear, think not of what we have or how we fare, I've always been taught, Whether a little or a lot, That I will cherish what I've got,

[Chorus] Will you dance the night away with me? (I'll dance with you) Take a step in forward to the beat, (I feel it too) With your hands in mine I know I'll be complete, (I know I'll be complete) I'll give you everything, everything, everything,

[Bridge] I've always been taught, Whether a little or a lot, That I will treasure what I've got in you, What I've got in you, What I've got in you,

[Chorus] So I'll dance the night away with you, Take a step in forward and be true, I will be your bride if you'll be my groom, I do, I'll give you everything, I don't need anything, I don't need anything, Anything but you, Anything but you,