War Letters: An American Musical

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.




What are Motor Ballet lyrics about?

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.


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