Some songs seem to drop out of the blue for me. Almost like taking dictation, I find it hard when writing to get it all down quick enough while the inspiration lasts. Other times, I just can't seem to get the juices flowing enough to write anything satisfactory. And still other times, I struggle with just a tiny spark of an idea, trying to develop it using all of the tools I have at my command, only to go back and rewrite it a hundred or more times to try to get it right! You just do what you have to do. Having a deadline actually helps me.
Over the years I have written hundreds of songs and arrangements of songs. Some have done very well in context of a show or served their purpose to suit the situation for which they were written. But in my heart of hearts, I always aspired to write a "stand alone" song, one that could live its own life away from the show or situation where it had its beginning. I wonder if I have accomplished that goal in some small way.
Here are a few of my original songs that might fit that aspiration. Please let me know what you think.
"A View from the Highest Mountain" from "Never Cry Wolf"
"As the French Say" from "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse"
"Let Kindness Begin with Me" from "The Adventures of Dick Whittington"
"Over Yonder" from "Stone Soup"
"I Love the City Life" from "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse"
"Good Morning Sunshine" from "The Tale of Chicken Licken"
"Worthy to Admire" from "A Successor to the Throne"