What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Music and Lyrics by the O’Russells August 5, 2015

Chris here again. Megan and I are writing a musical! Well, not the book, but we are writing almost all of the original lyrics and music together. So far, we have three original songs (plus the majority of another), I’ve arranged an a cappella version of the classic Christmas Carol “O Holy Night,” and we’re still working on more material. It’s incredibly artistically fulfilling and exhausting. For one thing, I’ve written a fair few songs before, but nothing in this realm of composition. And Megan has never written lyrics before. But it is incredible how well we’ve been working together, creating song after song in a relatively short amount of time.

Maybe all of our music actually sucks, we thought. But we’ve passed the music on to our director and to four of our best and most honest theatre friends, and the response has been unanimously positive. We think we may have a good thing going here. It makes sense. We work together on her novels all the time, and we spend almost all of our time together. So, our thought patterns have sort of synced up. I guess it just goes to show that though we haven’t had to spend much time away from each other, our hearts are just as fond of each other as they ever were. Probably more so. So look out, world. The O’Russells are coming to a theatre near you (if you live in Fort Myers, FL). 🙂 Wish us luck!


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