All alone in the moonlight: Trump adviser dubbed the ‘Music Man’ would play show tunes like Memory from Cats to calm him down during fits of rage, Stephanie Grisham claims in new book
- Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in her book that former president Donald Trump could be soothed by particular show tunes
- The 45th president was reportedly particularly fond of the Cats song Memories
- The song is about an outcast feline eager to be accepted by a colony of cats
- A White House aid served as a ‘music man’ who would play songs to calm Trump
A White House official dubbed the ‘Music Man’ was tasked with soothing former President Donald Trump during rage-filled moments by playing him his favorite songs – including a tune from the Broadway sensation Cats.
It’s among the stranger accusations contained in I’ll Take Your Questions Now, an upcoming book by former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
The tell-all book, which will be released next week, is stuffed with accusations against the former president. It alleges he abused his staff, made sexual remarks about a young White House aide and strove to impress Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Grisham also detailed Trump’s ‘terrifying’ temper, and said the song Memory from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats was known to calm him down.
Cats character Grizabella steals the show in the hit Broadway show, during which she belts out a song called Memories, which details her longing to belong and be accepted by others
White House official Max Miller earned the moniker ‘Music Man’ for playing Trump’s favorite tunes during his fits of rage, The New York Times reported.
Memory was composed by Webber in 1981 for the musical, and is the best-known tune from Broadway’s longest running show.
Barbara Streisand recorded the song for her 1981 album Memories, and it peaked at number 52 on the US charts.
Former President Donald Trump reportedly toned down his anger at the sound of show tunes
The book ‘I’ll Take Your Questions Now’ is by former White House secretary Stephanie Grisham
The tune is led in the musical by Grizabella, a once-sophisticated feline who ended up living in the gutter alone and eager to impress the other cats.
She sings a prelude of the song at the end of the first act, during which she recalls her life before she was ostracized from the community.
Toward the end of the musical, she belts out the full version of the song as she begs to be accepted.
It’s not clear which version of the song Trump prefers. It was covered by Barbara Streisand and in a 2019 Hollywood remake of the film, which received scathing online reviews
Trump denied the claims contained in the book in a Tuesday statement, which he also used as an opportunity to bash the author.
‘Stephanie didn’t have what it takes and that was obvious from the beginning,’ he said in a statement to The New York Times. He claimed she became ‘very angry and bitter’ after ending a relationship.
‘She had big problems and we felt that she should work out those problems for herself. Now, like everyone else, she gets paid by a radical left-leaning publisher to say bad and untrue things.’
Twitter users had a field day after learning of Trump’s affinity for the Cat’s classic.
One user, @HistoryCausal, posted a photo of a man shamefully covering his face and said: ‘That moment you realize that one of the many things that kept us from nuclear war was a “Music Man” playing “Memories” from Cats.’
Another user suggested Trump use the tune as his theme song during the 2024 election, if he chooses to run.
Lyrics to the Cats song Memories
Turn your face to the moonlight
Let your memory lead you
Open up enter in
If you find there
The meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin
All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
The time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory
Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
A street lamp dies
Another night is over
Another day is dawning
I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I mustn’t give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin
Sunlight through the trees in summer
Like a flower as the dawn is breaking
The memory is fading
It’s so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You’ll understand what happiness is
Look, a new day