Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Very Different Writing Assignment

Just yesterday I got a call from Patrick Klinger, VP of Marketing for the Minnesota Twins. It seems the Pohlad family, owners of the Twins, are throwing a dinner party for the team. As Patrick told me, Donna Pohlad thought it would be nice to have an original song about the team written and performed at the party. So Patrick wondered if I'd be interested.

"Of course", I said. "When is the party?"
"This Sunday," said Patrick.

This was on Tuesday. Four or five days to write a song? No problem! I can do that. I wrote one that afternoon in fact. I'll write another one tomorrow. And a third on Friday. Then I can pick the best one.

Oh, and they want it to be humerous. And I have to say I am struggling a bit with that. Not that I can't do it, but I'm wondering what's funny about this team? The song I wrote has some funny bits in it. But I think it's mostly inspirational, uplifting--with a bit of humor.

Joe Mauer's unoffical nickname, Baby Jesus, is funny. At least I think so. A drummer I know, Connor McRae, calls Target Field "the manger" because of Mauer's nickname. I've been advised that I can make reference to Baby Jesus, but only once. That's OK. I'm not going to write a whole song just about Baby Jesus. It's been done.

I almost wish the party were tomorrow, so I wouldn't have all this time to overthink the song. Then I'd write the best song I could come up with, and go with it.

The real story of this season, in my opinion, is the new stadium. And the 40,000+ fans that are there every night.

Anyway, I got my writing shoes on. I'm going to work.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Free Music

Hey, step right up--it's free! For a limited time I have decided to give songs away. Yep, that's right, totally free. All you have to do is go here, enter your name and email address, and choose a song. If you'd like you can preview songs here.

And if you know someone who may like my music, you can send them a song as well. There is a space on the form for your friend's email address, and you can either choose a song for them or I will email them with the great news that they have been given a free song and let them know how they can choose one.

So c'mon! Get your free music!

One song per customer please.