Two Childhood Sketches was composed a few years back for my two kids, Andy and Sam. You can download the score by clicking here.
“Sam’s lullaby” was composed for my youngest, who was about 10-weeks-old at the time. I tried to make this piece very calm. I first came up with the chord progression (4 chords) that starts at around the 45 second mark. From there I added the opening melody, varied the melody, and added an introduction. It was done entirely with pencil and paper.
“The Andy Dance” was composed for my older son who was about four at the time. At that time Andy and I would listen to music while doing the dishes. The music would range from classical guitar to Rock music. Andy’s favorite was Tom Waits. Andy would often do this weird, ametric-funky-spastic dance to the music. I tried to mimic that dance with this music. I did this by constantly changing the time signature. I composed this piece using the notation software, Finale. I came up with the first measure, entered it into finale, and composed the piece one measure at a time. I would listen to the playback and try and figure out what should come next.
This is one of the songs Andy would “dance” to.