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1) Molly Ruggles and I will be part of a Songwriters In The Round event on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 with Laney Ryan and David Thorne Scott (host) at the Armory Café — 191 Highland Avenue in Somerville, MA. Maybe you can join us...

2) THANK YOU to everyone who came to be part of “Will & Company” at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, MA, Friday March 29 @ 7:00 PM — including my musical guests Molly Ruggles, Carole Bundy, Ellen Epstein, Michael Cicone and Brendan Shea! It was a lovely night of music.

3) My latest musical release is an original song called "Boil A Frog Slowly." Other recent releases include one of Burt Bacharach's favorite songs for which he wrote the music — “Alfie” — and another original song called “Ode To Water." If you are curious to listen, you can click on the song titles in the previous sentence for streaming links.

4) I also send heartfelt thanks to everyone who is listening, "liking" and adding my songs to their playlists!  Streaming totals for songs that I've released with pianist/producer Doug Hammer continue to rise — with over 1000 streams on Spotify alone for “Democracy Is Under Attack," Gold In Them Hills," "The Babysitter's Here," “In My Life,” “Overjoyed,” and “Waltzing With COVID-19.”

5) If you are curious to listen to other recent releases, here's a list of clickable song titles: “Grateful,” “Asleep At The Karmic Wheel,”  "You Took Advantage Of Me/I Could Write A Book" (a medley of two great Rodgers & Hart songs), "The World Within" (by me), "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (by the Gershwin Brothers) and "Can We Slow It Down?" (by me).

6) It was an honor to be part of a musical reunion at 54 Below in Manhattan with the original cast members of PIPPIN on February 6 and 7, 2023.  Our four performances sold out months in advance, and our livestream had more attendees — from all around the world — than any previous performance at 54 Below.  If you are curious, you can click here for a review in Broadway World by Bobby Patrick,  and you can also watch a minute-long video of the final song from the live-streamed performance by clicking hereI am also honored to have had some of my memories included in this recent article about the 50th anniversary of PIPPIN opening on Broadway. And I recently learned that our four were voted Best Special Event (Multiple) by the 2023 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards.  And we are also nominated for a MAC award in the “special events” category. The ripples from this very special reunion continue to spread. Hurrah!

7) You can also click here to listen to a version of "Magic To Do" from PIPPIN that I recorded with Doug Hammer and Mike Callahan a few years back.

8) Molly Ruggles, Carole Bundy and I have released five songs to various streaming platforms.  to various digital music platforms. You are welcome to sample them by clicking on their titles —  "Simple Rules" (written by Molly),  "The Beauty All Around" (written by me), "The Garden Song" (written by Dave Mallett), "A Beating Heart" (written by me) and "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (written by Rodgers & Hammerstein).

9) Our planet's climate equilibrium continues to swing more and more wildly out of balance.  You can click here to listen to a song I wrote inspired by our ongoing human denial about climate catastrophe called “We're Running A Big Experiment.”

10) Pianists Joe Reid and I — as well as Molly Ruggles when Joe is not available — are happily sharing our hour-long programs of music at retirement communities around the greater Boston area including Chestnut Park in Brighton, Brightview in Wakefield, Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, Neville Place in Cambridge, Springhouse in Jamaica Plain, Brightview in Arlington, Fuller Village in Milton, Waterstone At the Circle in Boston, Cornerstone in Milford, Lasell Village in Newton, Newbury Court in Concord, North Hill in Needham, Goddard House in Brookline, Concord Park in West Concord,  Standish Village in Dorchester, the Carriage House in Wayland, The Commons in Lincoln, Avita in Needham, Carriage House at Lee's Farm in Wayland, Atria Marina Place in North Quincy, Brightview in Danvers, and the Center Communities in Brookline. Please send me a message if you might like us to bring music to YOUR community.

11) You can also find lots of music — along with personal musings — on my blog AMusicaLifeOnPlanetEarth.

Please feel free to wander around my site and learn more about my musical life here on planet earth.

And THANK YOU for dropping by!

About

Will McMillan standing in tuxedo with hands outstretched. Photo by Stephen C. Fischer

"Few singers captivate an audience as quickly and convincingly as McMillan can. He presents his repertoire with a beguilingly intimate approach all his own.” 

— New England Entertainment Digest

Singer and songwriter Will McMillan has soloed with Pops orchestras, rock bands, and a cappella groups — performing at venues ranging from 54 Below in New York to Scullers Jazz Club in Boston to Yin Par Le Garcon Chinois in Shanghai.

McMillan has won three IRNE awards from the Independent Reviewers of New England as well as a BroadwayWorld cabaret award as part of the 50th Anniversary performances by the original cast of PIPPIN in 2023 at 54 Below.

He currently offers programs of his original songs around New England as well as musical programs highlighting songwriters such as Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael at retirement communities, coffeehouses, public libraries, synagogues, and memory cafes with accompaniment by pianists Joe Reid and Molly Ruggles 

You can click on the following song titles to hear his recordings — with pianist Doug Hammer —  of "Overjoyed," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Waltzing With COVID-19," "If I Only Had A Brain," "Gold In Them Hills," "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Democracy Is Under Attack," "Skylark," and "In My Life" on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Pandora and YouTube.

For more music — and writing — you are welcome to visit his blog: AMusicaLifeOnPlanetEarth.Wordpress.com.

My Blog

You are welcome to visit my blog — which features at least one song per post— and read about topics ranging from climate change to songwriters (such as Yip Harburg,  Dorothy Fields and the Gershwin Brothers), to my somewhat unusual childhood working professionally around the USA, to my time as a standby in the original production of Pippin when I was ten years old.

My 100th blog post features the song "Overjoyed" — written by Stevie Wonder and performed by Doug Hammer, (piano), Mike Callahan (clarinet), and me (vocals).

 

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