Mrs. Maisel’s Wonderful Songwriters Reveal Emotional Truth Under Shy Baldwin’s Latest Hit

While the show’s main selling point is the witty, fast-paced dialogue and a polished portrayal of ’50s New York, “Maisel” is just as meticulous when it comes to music, and Shy is the best example of that. While we’ve mostly heard it cover a number of standards, we occasionally hear a Shy Baldwin original: a song created by series songwriters Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore, which does more than just show the talents of McClain and Haas – he tells us Shy’s story through song.

Shy first appeared on the show at the end of the second season, where Midge caught his eye and he invited her aboard his tour as the opening act. Unfortunately for our star comedian, their partnership ended on bad terms when she basically revealed it to an audience at The Apollo, cracking jokes that hit home. way too close to home and betraying their budding friendship. Midge embraced her European dreams in the Season 3 finale, when she was fired before the tour reached its international leg. The bad news for Midge was even worse for the rest of us – more touring probably meant more time basking in Shy’s starlight! Or so we thought. In an upcoming interview on /Film, Mizer and Moore dive into their latest batch of original songs, which includes Shy’s new hit, “City Lights,” performed during its Season 4 appearance. Many of the conversation’s insights include the songwriters taking on the challenge of keeping up with Shy’s debut hit, “One Less Angel,” which earned them an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2020.

Curtis Moore: So “One Less Angel” was his big coming-out hit. No puns were involved. And now we have to write his next big one [hit] …and I think we were trying to give him that momentum that he would have in his career.

Thomas Miser: There were a few competing factors. One, just the pressure on us. The response to “One Less Angel” has been so great, and people really seem to like it a lot. So now we’re like, “Okay, how can we do better, if possible?” And second, it’s his next album. So musically, he should progress. And we thought as he goes into the 60s he’ll want to be a little more Sam Cooke than Johnny Mathis. He’s going to want to sit in a soulful more R&B world. Start moving in that direction.

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