Yes. It IS a compulsion. Sometimes its even a little bit out of control :o)
I’ve been writing an average of 10-15 songs a year since 1976… Over 500 songs to date (the truth is I write little songs all day long as I go about my day… I actually THINK in song…).
They cover all topics, from love to kid songs to songs written through the eyes of characters in my imagination. In the 1990’s I added drumming and storytelling to the mix just to further complicate things.
Here’s an example of the theme song I wrote for Bethany Gonyea’s Albany Peace Project. If you would like to down load this free, simply click the “download” link in the song player. You can have the mp3 of this song for your own listening convenience… You ccan also share it with your friends and your social media pals with a click of a button. Please let me know your thoughts, reactions, comments and experiences with this song. How does it help you get through your day?
“Be The Change”
Words and Music: Mark Shepard | Arrangement: Joe Mennonna | Inspiration: Bethany Gonyea – The Albany Peace Project
Want to hear more of my songs? Want to download them free?
I’ve got a ton more of them here: MarkShepardSongs.com
This what I call “A Life in Song”. It’s a work in progress where I am gathering up my songs, indexing them chronologically and posting acoustic versions, live versions, studio versions and lyrics.
Want to check out the programs I do for kids? DrumSongStory.com, Drums, Songs and Stories for Kids and Families, schools, libraries, performing arts centers etc.