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How To Compose Music For Children – Part 2: Lennon, Presley, and Beethoven

One of the most effective devices, and for children, one of the most important, is repetition. Did you write a first line you like? Why not repeat it? Let’s look at John Lennon’s “Imagine.” “Imagine there’s no heaven.” These seven … Continue reading

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Free to Be – Part 2: We Move Forward

I went to Marlo’s apartment for a meeting attended by some of the best writers and playwrights in the business. We all introduced ourselves and I felt somewhat awed by the company I was in. Marlo and Carole spoke about … Continue reading

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Free to Be – Part 1: I Meet Marlo

The late lyricist Bruce Hart and I had written many songs together and were experiencing the satisfaction and excitement of hearing some of them broadcast on major radio stations. Bruce was married to writer-producer Carole Hart and they worked together … Continue reading

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Free To Be…You And Me, Making The Music For A Classic

What do Marlo Thomas, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Mel Brooks, Rosey Grier, and Harry Belafonte have in common? They all performed on the million selling record and/or Emmy winning special, “Free To Be…You And Me.” I was … Continue reading

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