Tragedy often breeds creativity and many an artist has used this power for good. Lin-Manuel Miranda is no different, though notably successful in this endeavor. Hamilton creator and composer for Disney's Moana, Miranda penned "Almost Like Praying" just days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Paying homage to his musical theatre background, the song opens with a line from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story: "Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft and it's almost like praying." Interestingly enough, these lyrics are that of Bernstein's "Maria," a contradiction Miranda embraced and reimagined in a positive light.
Miranda wasted no time bringing a group of all-star artists together to record and release the song (benefitting The Hispanic Federation). The charitable effort is his first to break the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100, claiming his No. 4 spot among today's Hot Hitmakers.
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