Eternal Summer: Turning Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 into a Song

I was asked to set a Shakespeare sonnet to music — Sonnet 18, more commonly referred to as “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The goal was to have a song they could sing as a group to showcase their talents. Ideally the track had to sound modern, electronic, and yet also possess a hint of mystic middle eastern world music.

So Many People Ask: Jobless & Penniless, But Rich in Love

This song was written in 1994 as a response to classmates and contemporaries who would ask: “Where do you work now?” or “What keeps you busy?” or “What are your plans?” And I didn’t have a penny to my name. But what I did have was more valuable than a job.

Why I Finally Decided to Record Songs Written 30 Years Ago

These older songs are a lot more naked in sentiment. Instead of poetic attempts at saying “I love you,” some of these songs literally have “I love you” in there. Ugh. My middle-aged dad brain cringes at the thought. But here’s the thing that convinced me to go for it: Alanis Morissette singing her heart out in Jagged Little Pill. If she could do it fearlessly at 19, why can’t I?