There are 27 songs in the War Letters Musical. I’m in the process of creating production versions and I’ve created a playlist on Soundcloud. New songs are added frequently.
I did find a collaborator, a playwright from Texas, Eric Christopher Jones. He provided me with a rich and epic story that takes place during World War II about colored women working in the bereavement department of the US Army. I’ve composed 26 songs for the project. Currently I’m recording vocalist and creating arrangements for the songs. As of now, I’ve completed 3 songs.
I would love to work with other singers and musicians on my new album project. And looking further ahead, I’d love to collaborate with any theatre directors, actors, authors and/or choreographers on a musical. Contact me if you’re interested.
Motor Ballet fans on jango.com are use to seeing a new song posted about every two months. I’ve decided to break that pattern in favor of producing a batch of songs (9 or more) that will comprise an album. I’m well into that process but a release date is still hard to predict.
By all means, join the fan list.
There will be perks, but they will not include fine patio furniture and/or small farm animals.
I never write the lyrics first.
Usually I start with the chord progression that I work out on my piano.
I then create a singable melody.
Then I find words and phrases that naturally match the rhythm of the melody.
I reinforce whatever imagery those initial bits inspire.
So what are the lyrics about?
None of them are love songs.
For me they fall into several possible categories:
–Wacky conspiracy theories that date back centuries
–Questionable advice from doctors and/or psychiatrists
–Movies or musicals that never got made or did but remain obscure
Feel free to suggest what you think Motor Ballet songs are about.