Andrew Lynch: The Songs of Andrew Lynch

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Andrew Lynch

The Songs of Andrew Lynch

The Duplex, NYC, November 6, 2018

Reviewed by Chris Struck for Cabaret Scenes

Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch showcased his own music at The Duplex. Presenting songwriters before they have reached their prime is one of the many events that are presented at this historic venue.

This time, it was Lynch’s chance to shine, and he flashed his songwriting potential through a series of three differently themed periods of work. For the most part, he maintained the ability to be straightforward with his messaging while dressing up the work artistically, which allowed space for imagination to take hold.

There were a number of moments in his show where the songs rang true.
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Hopefully, he will continue to build on his current repertoire.

I found the lyrics of “Drift Away” (music by Rebecca Hart and sung by Rebecca Peña) and “The Jazz Age” to be particularly good. Each had a different tone. The first was part of a body of emotionally significant stand-alone material, and the other was part of a musical theater-like project called Reckoning, which featured lyrics that seemed to focus primarily on poor people wanting what rich people have. “The Jazz Age” was the best-written example of this topic, and Keri René Fuller stopped our hearts with her rendition. The song focused on everything being “sleek and new,” with the character enjoying all that (and some Prosecco) at the top of the song. But, by the end, she is basically on a murderous rampage screaming at the wealthy.

In other cases, Lynch’s lyrics sometimes overshadowed his performers or vice versa. Trevor Bunce sang a possibly comedic song about self-realization called “Morning Ablutions.” However, his performance was the best thing about the song. While the song needs some changes, Bunce was exceptional, and his delivery of lyrics such as “My reflection’s begun to misbehave” helped make the song funnier than it may have been otherwise.

For the most part, the songs had undertones with more globally focused themes. Sometimes this worked well, at other times, it didn’t appear to be as strongly phrased.

Two examples it working were “Disappearing Girl” from a collaboration with Kelsey Christine McConnell, who wrote the lyrics, and “Square in the Eye,” which was sung especially well by Jonathan Christopher. “Disappearing Girl” featured lyrics such as “Something I can’t fight” and “Something I can’t hide” and was about a girl spirited away into a dark realm of servitude after being sold by her father.
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The song is pulled from A Whisper in the Trees and could serve as a serious look at abuse.

Aiding the injured Lynch (who sported a cast on his wrist), were pianist Bryan Blaskie, guitarist Sheng Lei, and bassist Jarrett Murray. As Lynch continues to write music, gems like these will continue to pop up to be enjoyed, hopefully in the form of a musical.

Chris Struck

Chris Struck's debut novel, Kennig and Gold, is due to be officially published in June 2019. He's written reviews for Cabaret Scenes since August of 2017. For more information about the writer, see