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 wedding songs and custom lullabies, which are the perfect gift for the new baby in your life.
One of my favorite song-writing opportunities is to write a song to be sung for a bride and groom on their wedding day. Here is the last such song I wrote, I Only Know I Love You, and you can click here to see the first page of the sheet music.
For years, I've been writing lullabies for the new babies of my friends. I wrote Sleep 'Til The New Sunrise 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 right then. I rushed home, sat down at the piano, and in about 20 minutes The Moment was written.