Nothing’s supposed to live forever

Oliver Richman, the guy who made the microwave your string cheese video a few years back, has been posting a song a day to his TikTok account. On February 3rd he posted this lovely piece that builds some lore around Groundhog Day. Punxutawney Phil is given an elixir that allows him to live for forever so he can predict the future, and his wife Phyllis gets nothing:

@olivesongs11

2/3/24 – day 34 of writing a song every day! The groundhog lore is wild and I am so invested. #punxsutawneyphil #phyllis #groundhogday #musicaltheatre

♬ original sound – olivesongs

Through the magic of the internet, people have been adding parts on top. There are many that are worth a watch, but I particularly liked Elyse Myers’s contribution:

https://www.tiktok.com/@elysemyers/video/7332247626844245278

And then we get the mayor:

@iniebs

#duet with @Elyse Myers #Duet @olivesongs Here is my audition for the mayor of Punxsutawney!#punxsutawneyphil #groundhogdaymusical #musicaltheatre #broadway #groundhog #groundhogday

♬ original sound – Elyse Myers

And now more folks have added the shadow as a character as well as some orchestration:

@josephwilliammorgan

big finale of Act I w/ the full orchestra! #duet w/ @olivesongs @Ian Nieboer @Ann!ka and #elysemyers #musicaltheater #groundhogmusical #fyp

♬ original sound – Elyse Myers

People are also writing more songs to go into this theoretical musical.

@itsthegraceplace

#stitch with @olivesongs could not SLEEP bc i was thinking so much about the world oliver has opened with this idea. there’s existentialism. fame. heartbreak. please go listen to every song on oliver’s account I’m not joking. #musicaltheatre #theatrekid #musicals #broadway #groundhogday #originalsong #newmusic #singer #singersongwriter #songwriter #songwritersoftiktok #piano #nyc #nyu #viral #fyp #graceyurchuk

♬ original sound – grace yurchuk

This is all legitimately good! Some people are so freaking talented. This is one of the best things I’ve seen on the internet in a long time.


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