Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been… Blue?

more whimsical than informative
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The eponymous showstopper from the McCarthy-era musical I’ll never finish writing. This one features dialogue between Langton Hughes, Roy Cohn, and Joseph McCarthy (Wisconsin repreSENT!), and it comes with footnotes (like all good music).

Here’s a live recording from what I think was a July 2010 performance at Mike ‘N Molly’s in Champaign, IL, though it may have been from 2009, based on our “Hee-Haw” salute to Pekin, Illinois, the hometown of Senator Everett Dirksen, referred to in the Congressional dialogue in the bridge. When we performed at the Great Performers of Illinois festival in the summer of 2009, we used each song as a chance to salute another Illinois town.

“Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been… Blue?” live from Mike ‘N Molly’s in Champaign, IL, July 2010.

Incidentally, the basic idea for this musical is an extension of a documentary paly that Eric Bentley created

Hughes’s testimony begins on page 973 of the published record, and the portion we use in the song is from

the kind of music your great-great-great-grandparents warned your great-great-grandparents about