Below are rough demos for some songs from Force Ten Gayle, my musical about Gayle Bailey, a British superstar singer who’s tracked down the son she gave up for adoption in America 25 years ago. It’s work in progress, all subject to change.
Force Ten Gayle
(GUITAR DEMO ONLY) For her first song, we see Gayle Bailey in full flight, singing her signature song in a concert – the full, Shirley Bassey/John Barry deal, complete with sequins, big hair and a wind machine.
(EARLY GUITAR DEMO ONLY) Suzi Gates, terminally ill Buffalo NY bar chanteuse, sings to her son Jason about her obsession with superstar British singer Gayle Bailey. She’s thrilled that he’s landed a job ghost-writing her heroine’s autobiography. She wants to meet her.
The Things that I Put Up With
(ROUGH GUITAR DEMO ONLY) Willy, Gayle Bailey’s long-suffering personal assistant, sings about how difficult she is to deal with. It’s a love/hate thing.
I Always Meant to Tell You
(GUITAR DEMO ONLY) Suzi, Jason’s bar-room singer mother, explains why she never told him he’s adopted.
Where Were You?
(GUITAR DEMO ONLY – AND THIS SONG IS GOING TO CHANGE RADICALLY) Jason and Pat vent their anger to Gayle about why she, a millionaire singer, never contributed a single cent to bring up Jason up.
The Woman I Am
(FULL BAND DEMO) Suzi, dying, asks Gayle to sing her biggest hit. Halfway through, Suzi takes over the vocal – and they sing the last verse and chorus together – two mothers of the same gay son, Jason.