This Song Blog was filmed back on Mother's Day, with Jill Abramovitz, Broadway actor/singer AND mom! Please enjoy "Ah, Belinda," a song about lost friendships, regret, and parenting, with lyrics by Anna K. Jacobs.
Quite often it is the energy and life of the city that inspires me to write, but sometimes it's just too hard to invent a new melody when "Oh Danny Boy" on the bagpipes is the only thing you're hearing.
Isn't it funny how hearing certain songs, or more specifically certain voices singing certain songs, can bring you back to a very specific memory? Like how hearing Peter Gabriel sing "In Your Eyes" whisks you back to your high school prom?
There's a "sweet spot" in a singers voice where, as a composer, you want your song to sit. It is where they will be able to hit their highest, strongest note (the "money note") and thrill the audience, and still not have their lower notes compromised.