Sara Bareilles contributed to the ever-growing list of Hamildrops on Oct. 31 with her rendition of “Theodosia Reprise,” a song that was cut from the second act of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Hamilton musical.
Miranda created Hamildrops (Hamilton songs covered by a variety of artists that are released monthly) in lieu of creating a second volume of The Hamilton Mixtape. In a fashion similar to Hamildrops, the mixtape was an album stocked with Hamilton-inspired songs.
The new Bareilles track is an exchange between Aaron Burr and his daughter, Theodosia. It contrasts the original “Dear Theodosia” number — in which Burr reflects on his daughter’s birth — by instead mourning her mother’s death.
“Dear Theodosia, how to say to you,” sings Bareilles’ warm voice. “Sometime last night, your mother breathed your name/And like a flame that flickers out too soon, she died/She’s gone.” The song is slow and smooth, Bareilles soulfully building harmonies on top of her own voice.
The new Hamildrop features The Roots bandleader Questlove on drums and the show’s orchestrator Alex Lacamoire on piano and bass.
“Keeping you on your toes with a Halloween #Hamildrop,” Bareilles tweeted on Tuesday (Oct. 30), adding, “bringing the ghosts out tonight.” She followed her original post, writing, “This was one of the great pleasures I have had.”
Listen to the latest track below.