Former president Donald Trump had a dedicated ‘Music Man’ in the White House who would play show tunes to rescue him from the brink of rage, according to a former aide.
In one of the more amusing and surprisingly relatable details to emerge about his presidency, Trump-era White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham writes in her upcoming book, ‘I’ll Take Your Questions Now,’ that songs including well-known broadway hits staved off Trump’s frequent and often ‘terrifying’ rages.
“At one point, she writes, Mr. Trump’s handlers designated an unnamed White House official known as the ‘Music Man’ to play his favorite show tunes, including ‘Memory’ from Cats, to pull him from the brink of rage,” reports the New York Times.
The song, from the 1981 musical ‘Cats’ written by Andrew Lloyd Weber, is about a ragged cat named Grizabella who was once elegant and charming but has since become an aged outcast. In the song, Grizabella finds herself “all alone in the moonlight” and longing for “the old days.” See below a rendition of it by Betty Buckley, who went on to win a Tony for the role:
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The Times identified the unnamed Music Man as former aide Max Miller, Grisham’s former boyfriend. Miller is running for Congress with backing from Trump, who called him “an incredible patriot…who I know very well.”
Politico reports Miller has had a history of bullying behaviour. During an incident in a hotel room, he reportedly slapped Grisham after she accused him of cheating. Grisham declined comment for the article.