03/11/2013 01:36 pm ET

Michael Penn: "Part Of Me Thinks Hannah's Really More The Voice Of MY Generation"

Musician Michael Penn has the enviable, if not incredibly difficult task of scoring “Girls.” OK, that didn’t sound quite right. Allow me to rephrase: Penn composes the music for Lena Dunham’s HBO series, which he’s done from the very beginning. Of course, he’s scored films before -- for Paul Thomas Anderson: “Hard Eight” and “Boogie Nights,” among many other films. I tried to imagine what it must be like to evoke through music the millennial female Brooklyn experience, as a 54-year-old man living in Los Angeles -- and frankly, I couldn’t (and I’m a huge fan of “Girls” and I live in Brooklyn!).

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