Lin-Manuel Miranda pens song for Puerto Rico relief

Lin-Manuel Miranda pens song for Puerto Rico relief

Lin-Manuel Miranda pens song for Puerto Rico relief

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda enlists an all-star cast to create "Almost Like Praying for Puerto Rico", a benefit single and video for the island, which has suffered devastation at the hands of Hurricane Maria.

"I was very wary of writing a song that felt like homework", Miranda said over the phone Wednesday from the "Sesame Street" offices in NY, where he was recording another number for disaster relief.

"The song got written in that awful silence where no one was hearing anything and anyone with family on the island or friends on the island can relate to this", Miranda tells ABC Radio. For some, those days were weeks.

Immediately, he wondered, "What can I do with my skill set to help?"

We all know what the President was REALLY doing - throwing red meat to the only supporters he has left who feast upon his insults about minorities, immigrants, women, the handicapped, those perceived to be different or less than.

Miranda's lyrics include the names of all 78 towns in Puerto Rico, because as he told The New York Times, "I don't want anyone in Puerto Rico to ever feel forgotten again".

Miranda was inspired to borrow that key lyric - "it's nearly like praying" - as a way to reclaim the name "Maria" in the wake of one of the worst natural disasters on record to hit the island of Puerto Rico.

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Gina Rodriguez, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, and Fat Joe were among those who lent their talents to the song.

All of the proceeds from the sale of the song go to the Hispanic Federation, an organization started by his father, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. that is raising money and giving aid to the victims in the island. Miranda reached out to the rapper PJ Sin Suela but never heard back.

Listen below, and download "Almost Like Praying" here.

"You know how we always tell artists "stay in your lane" anytime they say something remotely political?"

Ricky Martin and Daddy Yankee were also invited to take part but were already too busy assisting with hurricane recovery to participate. And the response from our federal government is not commensurate with the previous two hurricanes, much less up to the unprecedented danger of this disaster itself'.

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