Asking for a friend: Please suggest a dark, confessional female pop/blues song, suitable for a "Spring Awakening" musical theater audition.
A friend is auditioning for the role of Martha in Spring Awakening
. Martha's solo song is called "The Dark I Know Well" (a short clip of the song is online here
- scroll down). Context: just before singing this song, Martha accidentally confesses to her young girlfriends that her father is sexually abusing her and her mother knows but isn't stopping it. The song is the story of her twisted homelife.
Please suggest a song my friend can audition with, something similar in style and theme to "The Dark I Know Well".
Alto / Contralto range (any race)
Dark, bluesy tune
Not too fast. A creeping/building tempo, restrained urgency.
Character is not empowered (yet), so no Aretha-Franklin style anthems like Chain of Fools
The singer should seem angry, helpless, sad, quietly desperate.
Tone of song should be confessional, rueful, ashamed, hurt.
YouTube links to the songs you suggest would be much appreciated, as well.