This week, I interviewed our most theatrical contributor, Meeghan Bresnahan. She also happens to be the top freshman contributor overall, and has filled Songs of the Week with more musicals than anyone else. Here's what she had to say:
Why do you participate in Songs of the Week to the Extent that you do?
You posted once on the band Facebook page asking for submissions, and I did that one week. And then I did it again and again because I really love music and sharing it.
If you could recommend one artist (or musical cast) to get readers into the music you love, who would it be?
I feel like I should say the Hamilton Original Broadway Cast, because the music in Hamilton includes so many different styles of music that many different people will like. My favorite musical cast is probably The Hunchback of Notre Dame's cast because they're all so talented, but the music in that musical is either like stereotypical Broadway/Disney or choir music, and I'm not sure how many people like that as much as I do.
I've noticed that most of our top contributors seem to be listening to very diverse, less popular music. Do you think this is a coincidence?
Maybe this happens because people want to show really good music that people don't always hear on the radio? I feel like that would explain it.
How well has Songs of the Week worked for you in terms of music discovery?
I haven't really read the articles. Is that bad?
No, that seems to be a common theme among contributors. When you do discover music, what qualities do you look for?
Vocals that aren't shitty, strings; I love string instruments for some reason, metal elements (if it's not Broadway. But there are good rock musicals. Not metal musicals. I think,) meaning to the words if there are words.
Lastly, of the tracks you've submitted, which is your favorite?
Probably the Finale of The Hunchback of Notre Dame  at the moment.
Andrew Lloyd Weber - The Point of No Return from Phantom of the Opera
Sea of Darkness - The Word I Couldn't Keep*
Bullet for My Valentine - You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)
Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo - The Phantom of the Opera*
Eva Noblezada & Alistair Brammer - The Last Night of the World from Miss Saigon
James Horner - Unable to Stay, Unwilling to Leave from Titanic
Michael Arden - Made of Stone from The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical
Michael Arden and the cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical - The Bells of Notre Dame
The cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical - Out There
The cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical - Rhythm of the Tambourine
Evanescence - End of the Dream
Javier Navarrete - Long, Long Time Ago
Nicole Kidman - One Day I'll Fly Away
Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson - All I Ask of You from The Phantom of the Opera
Michael Arden - Heaven's Light from The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical
Phillipa Soo - Burn from Hamilton
Mark Isham - Once Upon a Time Orchestral Suite*
The Cast of Miss Saigon - I Still Believe
The Cast of The Phantom of the Opera - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again*
The Cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical - Esmeralda
The Cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical - Someday
The Cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical - Tavern Song (Thai Mol Piyas)
Eva Noblezada and the cast of Miss Saigon - I'd Give My Life For You
Evanescence - Good Enough
Within Temptation with Keith (Mina) Caputo - What Have You Done
Lea Michele - On My Own from Les Miserables
The cast of Miss Saigon - The Movie in My Mind
The cast of The Bridges of Madison County - One Second and a Million Miles
Aaron Tveit - Run Away With Me
Churchill - Change
The cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical - God Help the Outcasts
Rosalie Craig - Darkest Hour from The Light Princess
Adam Pascal - One Song Glory from Rent
The cast of Hamilton - Yorktown
The cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical - Finale
The cast of Beauty and the Beast the Musical - If I Can't Love Her