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Natalie Lovejoy (Composer/Lyricist)
New York, NY
www.natalielovejoy.nyc
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In trying to empathize and understand their plight we're missing the pink elephant in the room that is causing the real problem By Natalie Lovejoy, composer/lyricist “I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. “ – Dalai Lama XIV “If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're gonna get selfish, ignorant leaders.” ― George Carlin There is a rhetoric that has cropped up in social media, the news, and even from the mouths of politicians. “We need to understand the Trump voter. We need to hear his/her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Crazytown
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Feel like getting out of the city for a weekend? Behold my handy traveling guide. By Natalie Lovejoy You know I love NYC, and I know you do, too, but sometimes you just gotta get away for a bit. But if you’re like me and don’t have a car and don’t have a ton of money or time to spend, where exactly can you go? Why, you go to Poughkeepsie, of course! You might have just thought this was some random little town at the end of Metro-North, but it’s oh-so-much more! Fun map of Pough-town Poughkeepsie, also known as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Crazytown
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By Natalie Lovejoy As Justin Timberlake once sang, “What goes around, goes around, goes around, comes all the way back around, yeaaah!” I think he was singing about Britney Spears, but today I want to talk about how this can apply to your career. I will be the first to admit that I’m guilty of some of the things on the list, and I write to you today so that you can learn from my youthful stupidity. So if you want to do things for your career that will come around to bite you in the arse later, then wanna... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Crazytown
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More ladies who paved the way for the musical theater writers of today! By Natalie Lovejoy Back by popular demand! Not gonna lie, guys. I had a hard time finding female Broadway composers of yesteryear who had a body of work. Most of my findings were either lyricists/librettists or composers with one show who then faded into oblivion. The female versions of Richard Rogers, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim do not exist. So though she is a lyricist/librettist and not a composer, I wanted to tell y’all about Dorothy Fields. I mean, legendary Lehman Engel described her lyrics... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Crazytown
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How I met, courted, and married New York - and how the experience is strangely similar to my other relationships. By Natalie Lovejoy This week marks my 6-year anniversary living in New York City (which means my relationship with NYC has lasted longer than my actual marriage did). It was love at first sight when I first saw NY at just seven years old from the Amtrak window coming north from Baltimore. First Statue of Librety came into view, then the overwhelming presence of the World Trade Center followed by the iconic Empire State Building. My jaw dropped and my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Crazytown
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America confesses how she really feels about artistic people By Natalie Lovejoy With the Fourth of July and all these presidential primary campaigns happening recently, I’ve been thinking about my place in this country as a person working in the arts. And I came to a very unsettling observation. Remember in 2005 when, during a fundraiser for Katrina victims, Kanye West said this? Well, when I was thinking about America and the arts, a similar realization came to mind…and it was this: (Yes, that is my head cut and pasted on Kanye's body. WUT??) Yes, I said it. AMERICA DOESN’T... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Crazytown
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By Natalie Lovejoy Whether you are writing the next great American play or a term paper for English Comp 101 or a technical manual for operating Bow Flex, writer's block has all gotten the best of us at some point. Since I write quite a lot, I'm well acquainted with this beast and have therefore found some reliable ways to slay it (like writing a blog about it...hehe). So the next time it attacks you, you will be prepared!!! #1: Cry and give up. JUST KIDDING!! Don’t do this. #2: Write down something, anything. It’s much much harder to write... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Crazytown
A guide for helping you choose the right rehearsal space for you! By Natalie Lovejoy Quick! You need a rehearsal space, but there are so many to choose from! What do you do?? Here’s a handy guide to help you sort them out! 1. Pearl Studios, aka “The Fancy Studios” If money is no object and/or you want people to think you’re posh, then Pearl Studios is for you. They even have a classy British lady voice to direct your calls when you try to book (Why is she British? Someone needs to tell Pearl this is ‘Merica!) They have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Crazytown
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An entertaining glimpse into the horrors of public transit By Natalie Lovejoy I am no stranger to the bus. I normally use the Bolt or Mega Bus to visit my folks in Annapolis. But this time I was going to visit a friend to Wilmington, DE where Bolt and Mega do not tread. I googled “Bus from New York to Wilmington,” and the first site that popped up was this: http://www.gotobus.com/ They had a very friendly and colorful website. They had bubbly, blue font. There was a logo of a cute little smiling bus. I instantly trusted them. The bus... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Crazytown
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Meet more women who paved the way for the lady writers of today. By Natalie Lovejoy Last week we met Dame Ethel Smyth, the first and only woman to write an opera performed at the Met (and also a bad-ass suffragette), and Kay Swift, the first woman composer to write a Broadway score and score with Broadway composer Gershwin (see what I did there?) Now l give you the woman behind many of Richard Rodgers' masterpieces and the woman who's lyrical fierceness influenced Sondheim! 3. Gertrude “Trude” Rittmann What if I told you that a famous piece of music that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Crazytown
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The women who paved the way for the lady-writers of today. By Natalie Lovejoy (Musical Theater Writer) Earlier this week Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron made history for being the first female-only team to win Tony Awards for the writing of Fun Home. And a few years ago, Cyndi “Girls Just Wanna [Write Broadway Musicals]” Lauper became the first woman to win a Tony award for writing both music and lyrics to a show (which is the honor I’d been coveting since I was 13. Gaaah! I forgive you, Cindy…) However, if you thought that women writing musicals was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Crazytown
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