Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Dear Songwriters:

I really have a yen
To go back once again,
Back to the place where no one wears a frown.
To see once more those super-special just plain folks
In my home town…

I love Tom Lehrer. Don’t you? ‘course you do. (If you don’t, that probably means you’ve let his work evade your eyes, and you should fix that. It’s so simple.) Tom Lehrer doesn’t really have anything to do with this week’s theme, except for that lyrical excerpt above.

The theme of Round 6 of Songwriters in Mufti is:


Initially, this theme was to be “My Hometown,” but we decided it would be better off a little more wide-ranging. That doesn’t mean that you can’t write about your own hometown. But you could also write about the concept of a hometown—by birth or by choice. You could write a song for a theoretical musical that’s set in your hometown. Write about a hometown hero or about someone home again after a long time away. The possibilities are endless. Shoot an idea into the air and see what happens—after all, once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?

And remember: the idea here is to write a new song on a five-day Mufti rehearsal schedule (starting with the company meet and greet at 10 AM Monday and ending with final dress at 8 PM Friday). The tunes don’t have to be clever, and it doesn’t matter if you stick a couple extra syllables into a line.

Send a recording of your song to by 8:00 PM (EDT) on FRIDAY, JULY 10th! We’d prefer video recordings, but if that’s not in the cards, we’ll accept audio recordings, too. If possible, please send files via Dropbox or similar service. Sheet music is not necessary, but if you can include a lyric sheet, please do—we’ve had a couple of requests from patrons to be able to read the lyrics.

If you’ve got any further questions, email us at and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Also: don’t forget to check out the playlist for Round 5 on The York’s YouTube channel if you haven’t already. We’ll be posting the most-liked songs on our social media feeds over the course of this week—voting may be complete, but there’s still a lot of great work to enjoy.

Click to Hear Round 5's Submissions!

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with this week—be it an Irish ballad, a hunting song, or a Masochism Tango!

All best,

Seth Christenfeld

Literary Manager

P.S. Including the lyrics of “My Home Town,” there are references to or quotes from nine Tom Lehrer songs in this letter. See if you can spot them all!

* The York makes no claim of ownership on any songs written for this competition and the songwriters retain all copyright.


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