"Safe in Sound"
A gothic rock musical play

Safe in Sound is a musical play following the tour of gothic rock goddess Ally Ligh, an emotional cripple who pours her heart and soul into her music, but who is unable to translate these emotions into her real life.

The play begins in Amsterdam, where a concert is about to begin. Thousands of screaming fans welcome the “Dark Star” Ally Ligh to the stage as she performs her hit song, “Safe in Sound.”

After the show, Ally is joined backstage by her manager and sometimes-lover, Jason. Jason is a kindhearted man who first discovered Ally and joined her as she quickly rose to the top of the music industry. As the two leave the theater, Ally’s many fans call out for attention, but Ally does not acknowledge their presence in any way. It is not long before we realize that there is an incredible discrepancy between Ally’s music and her personality. Her music is profound, expressive, and beautiful – yet Ally remains bitter, shut-off, and even cruel.

Ally’s sarcastic and detached demeanor threatens to destroy her relationship with Jason, who clings to the belief that there is more to Ally than she is willing or able to show. For in her beautiful music lies a beautiful soul, pleading to be saved from a mind and a past that are clouded by darkness.

Safe in Sound is unique among my musical projects in that it is not a musical, but rather a play with music. By this I mean that there is no sung dialogue, random breaking out into song – in short, none of the elements that are responsible for many a distaste for musical theater. In Safe in Sound, the only songs that the audience hears are the songs that Ally performs in concert during the course of the play. These songs are critical to the plot, in that their purpose is to ensure that the audience has access to the parts of Ally’s personality that would never be evident from her everyday words and actions.

This formula gave me a lot of freedom in creating whole, unbroken rock songs for the stage. It also gave me an interesting challenge. In musical theater, one has to write for the specific voices of a character, and capture their speech patterns and personalities in song. But in Safe in Sound, Ally has “written” all this original music herself. The challenge then became to write songs that weren’t how a character would speak, but to write songs on behalf of a character who writes songs. It was a unique process, and one that has left me mildly schizophrenic. (Just kidding.) (Probably.)

In developing Safe in Sound, I owe a lot of thanks to Dana Gitlin, whose beautiful voice can be heard in the recordings on the sidebar. Dana is among the most talented artists I have ever had the privilege to collaborate with, and her many insights and abilities have allowed me to develop this music in ways that would not have been possible alone. Dana and I are currently prepping to re-record the full soundtrack with full instrumentation, so stay tuned for our upcoming EP album featuring the music of Safe in Sound!

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Safe in Sound
The play begins in Amsterdam, where a concert is about to begin. Thousands of screaming fans welcome the “Dark Star” Ally Ligh to the stage as she performs her hit song, “Safe in Sound.”

ALLY
I’ve been wishing on the mem’ry of a star
Fallen angels have a way of falling way too far
I’ve been living off a single drop of water
And I don’t know how to taste it anymore
I’ve been waiting for the distance of the day
Haunting melodies are all that haven’t let me slip away
Fates have flown
Silent wisps of song embrace me
Now that I’m alone

Did I run too far?
Did I stand too near?
Did I lose my way?
Will I disappear?
Though I turned to you
You have turned around
So I’m on my own
But I’m safe in sound

Hear the laughter in the whispers of the stream
I’ve been dreaming for so long – I’m nothing but a dream
So I wander, though I don’t know where I’m going
As I fall beneath the surface of the fear
Within the silence of my scream

Save me
Save me from the darkness
Shield me as I scream
Wake me as I dream about you
Save me
Save me from this shadow of myself
I’m lost without you…

Did I run too far?
Did I stand too near?
Did I lose my way?
Will I disappear?
To have touched the sky
To have struck the ground
If I close my eyes
Then I’m safe in sound

All is lost
Stranded here
Take my hand
Turn around
You and I will be safe in sound.

© 2006, Michael Bihovsky

Lullaby
Ally has just learned that her mother, whom she has not spoken to in thirteen years, is fatally ill. Although Jason tries to get Ally to speak about this, Ally appears disinterested, and goes onstage to perform her soundcheck.

ALLY
Dear little child
Where do you run?
Where is the home you’re from?
Innocent child
Fly toward the dawn
Soon the night will come

While you are sleeping
Angels will let
All that you dream come true
While you are dreaming
Try to forget
No one dreams of you

(Instrumental)

Poor little child
Wondering why
Safe and alone you lie
And in the silence
Let yourself cry
In your lullaby

© 2006, Michael Bihovsky

Michael is currently re-orchestrating Safe in Sound for an EP album to be released on iTunes, featuring Dana Gitlin as Ally Ligh. Check back in December 2012 for more info!