How a Reminiscence Stick Saved Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Puerto Rico Charity Single


The look on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s face when he acquired that lacking verse. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Photographs

Lin-Manuel Miranda has accomplished it once more.

Final night time the Tony-winning composer of Hamilton launched “Virtually Like Praying,” a charity single to profit Hurricane Maria reduction on Miranda’s residence island of Puerto Rico. The track, out there on all music streaming and buying platforms, was impressed by a lyric from the West Facet Story track “Maria.” Miranda mentioned he needed to provide the identify a optimistic connotation once more.

Miranda’s lyrics embody the names of all 78 cities in Puerto Rico, as a result of as he informed The New York Occasions, “I don’t need anybody in Puerto Rico to ever really feel forgotten once more.” The track options an all-star lineup of Latino artists, together with Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Fats Joe, Luis Fonsi and Rita Moreno.

All proceeds from gross sales of the track go the Hispanic Federation for Puerto Rico reduction.

Miranda wrote “Virtually Like Praying,” contacted the artists concerned, recorded the track, blended it and launched all of it in lower than two weeks. And whereas Miranda held recording classes in Miami and Los Angeles, different artists needed to discover extra artistic methods to ship of their verses.

That’s the place tech got here in—many artists recorded remotely in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. And no story is extra dramatic than that of Puerto Rican rapper PJ Sin Suela.

Miranda recounted on Good Morning America that he contacted Suela early within the writing course of however didn’t hear from him for some time. Then on Saturday (as in six days in the past) Suela emailed Miranda that he had simply gotten energy again and would like to be a part of the track. Suela then recorded his part of the track on Sunday, however he didn’t have sufficient bandwidth to ship Miranda a wav file.

However wait, there’s extra—as luck would have it, Estefan was going to Puerto Rico on a reduction mission Monday. Miranda gave her a reminiscence stick, and he or she was in a position to save Suela’s portion of the track.

Because of fast technical options like that, “Virtually Like Praying” was launched on time, and it rapidly reached the primary spot on iTunes.

One particular person was not impressed, nonetheless: Florida senator Marco Rubio.

However whereas Miranda did inform the Miami Herald that he needed a stronger federal response to Maria, he didn’t declare anyplace that he was doing greater than FEMA.

To its credit score, the Herald up to date the headline. Rubio retweeted the up to date story, however didn’t delete his earlier tweets.

How a Memory Stick Saved Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Puerto Rico Charity Single

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