Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
"Everyone was thrilled with your Song for Indiana, and couldn't stop talking about it throughout the day."
Rod & Lynda, Quebec
I have been writing original songs for years. Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are good. And some are...really good! (Did you really think I was going to complete that rhyme and say "bad?")
I love to write songs. Sometimes it's hard to do and I will struggle with a melody line for days or even weeks. Other times, I'll wake up in the middle of the night with a full melody running through my head. If I could choose, I'd rather have the melody just pop into my head (since those are often the best ones). I also write custom lullabies, which are the perfect gift for the new baby in your life.
Below are SoundCloud links to a few of my songs. I've picked:
- One of my custom lullabies - Sleep 'Til The New Sunrise
- A fun (and pretty funny) Christmas song - What If Santa Sleeps Through Christmas
- A song based on a funny song title - Never Hit Your Grandma With A Shovel
- A protest song - When Will They Ever Learn
- And a song that just "hit me" at the time on which the incident surrounding the story of the song occurred - The Moment
I hope you enjoy them.
For years, I've been writing lullabies for the new babies of my friends. This is the latest of these, Sleep 'Til The New Sunrise, written for Na'ama, the daughter of my friend Tanya.
I wrote What If Santa Sleeps Through Christmas back in 2007. I wanted to write a fun/funny Christmas song and started thinking about scenarios that might work. The idea of Santa sleeping through Christmas came to mind and I thought about how a little kid would react to this. A few hours later, the song was completed. Naturally, when it was recorded, it had to be sung by a little kid...thus, my alter ego, "Little Mikey," was born.
There is a wonderful list of funny song titles that has been floating around for decades. I've always thought that Never Hit Your Grandma With A Shovel ('cause it leaves a bad impression on her mind) is one of the funniest titles on that list. A few years ago, I wrote a song to fit the title...
Israel is constantly under threat of terror attacks. The Arab world, in general, and the Palestinian world, in particular, teaches their children to hate the people of Israel. How can peace possibly be achieved when the "other side" glorifies war and death? When Will They Ever Learn is a protest song against this culture of hate that infects the Arab world.
I wrote The Moment after observing a young woman in a cafe. She was nervously watching the door and looking at her watch, obviously waiting for someone to arrive. Suddenly, a young soldier appeared in the doorway. She jumped up and ran into his arms, to the delighted applause of all in the cafe. The first words to what became this song popped into my head at that moment (no pun intended). I rushed home, sat down at the piano, and in about 20 minutes The Moment was written.