A New Brain the Musical Songs Lyrics

A New Brain the Musical Songs

Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn & James Lapine
Basis on Autobiographical, William Finn

Gordon Schwinn, a talented young songwriter, works at his piano to meet a deadline. Gordon is irritated because he must write a song about Spring for a children's television entertainer who dresses as a frog. He takes a break from his writing and meets his agent Rhoda at a restaurant for pasta. During lunch, Gordon clutches his head and falls face first into his meal. Rhoda calls an ambulance, and Gordon is taken to the hospital. He learns that he has an arteriovenous malformation. Gordon needs an operation, and if he doesn't have it, he could die or never regain the use of his faculties.

While in the hospital, Gordon contemplates his situation. His greatest fear is dying with his greatest songs still inside of him; and so from his hospital bed, and while in a coma, and all throughout his ordeal, he begins writing the songs. He also has several hallucinations that involve various people whom he has encountered. In particular, a homeless lady that he met on his way to get pasta with Rhoda continually pops up.

Gordon eventually has the surgery and recovers completely. The creative block he was experiencing before his ordeal lifts, and he gains new insights. His near death experience encourages him to re-evaluate and better appreciate the people and relationships in his life.

1998 Off-Broadway musical by William Finn
A New Brain the Musical Songs with Lyrics

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2 A New Brain - Frogs Have So Much Spring ('The Spring Song') Lyrics
3 A New Brain - Calamari Lyrics
4 A New Brain - 911 Emergency/ I Have So Many Songs Lyrics
5 A New Brain - Heart And Music Lyrics
6 A New Brain - Trouble In His Brain Lyrics
7 A New Brain - Mother's Gonna Make Things Fine Lyrics
8 A New Brain - Sailing Lyrics
9 A New Brain - Family History Lyrics
10 A New Brain - Gordo's Law Of Genetics Lyrics
11 A New Brain - And They're Off Lyrics
12 A New Brain - Just Go Lyrics
13 A New Brain - Poor Unsuccessful And Fat Lyrics
14 A New Brain - Sitting Becalmed In The Lee Of Cuttyhunk Lyrics
15 A New Brain - An Invitation To Sleep In My Arms Lyrics
16 A New Brain - Change Lyrics
17 A New Brain - Yes Lyrics
18 A New Brain - In The Middle Of The Room Lyrics
19 A New Brain - Throw It Out Lyrics
20 A New Brain - A Really Lousy Day In The Universe Lyrics
21 A New Brain - Brain Dead Lyrics
22 A New Brain - Whenever I Dream Lyrics
23 A New Brain - Eating Myself Up Alive Lyrics
24 A New Brain - The Music Still Plays On Lyrics
25 A New Brain - Don't Give In Lyrics
26 A New Brain - Sailing (Reprise) Lyrics
27 A New Brain - The Homeless Lady's Revenge Lyrics
28 A New Brain - Time Lyrics
29 A New Brain - Time And Music Lyrics
30 A New Brain - I Feel So Much Spring Lyrics