My name is Will.

I live near Boston, MA in the USA.

My blog mainly focuses on music — including biographical information about songwriters and what I have been learning about the music business.

I also sometimes reflect upon what is happening ecologically and politically here on planet earth.,

I have sung in many different contexts — guitar duos, jazz trios, rock bands, pops orchestras, a cappella choirs, and musical theater.

To get a taste of my music, you are welcome to use the MP3 player on the right hand side of this page.

I also include a song at the beginning of each of my blog posts.

I worked professionally — doing TV commercials, voice-overs, movies and plays — as a child and teenager in New York City.

After college I did all sorts of things to pay the rent — receptionist, janitor, office manager, nanny, car delivery driver, and finally events supervisor, PR director, development director, and assistant director of  a beloved non-profit in Harvard Square — while continuing to make music part-time.

When I was laid off (after 16 years) by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education during an economic downswing, I decided to make music full-time.

Since then I’ve been writing original songs as well as performing one-hour programs of music with a jazz pianist at retirement communities, public libraries, coffee houses, memory cafes, and synagogues — highlighting different composers, lyricists, and performers.

You can click here for a list of our one-hour programs if you are curious.

Several years ago I began playing the ukulele, which has led to even more original song-writing!

I also lead Music Together classes for small children plus their accompanying grownups a few days each week.

You can check out my videos on YouTube by clicking here.

You can also visit my website by clicking here.

And we can connect via Facebook if you click here.

Below is information about the songs included in the MP3 player on the right hand side of this page:

“I’ll Be Here With You” (David Friedman), “If I Loved You” (Rodgers & Hammerstein), “Dog At The Pound” (Babbie Green), and “What Is This Thing Called Love?” (Cole Porter) are all from a CD, If I Loved You Will recorded with singer Bobbi Carrey and pianist Doug Hammer. You can click here to buy any of them (and 11 additional tracks) from iTunes.

“That’ll Do” (Randy Newman), “Wives & Lovers/Comin’ Round Again” (Bachrach & David/Carly Simon), and “Journey To The Past” (Flaherty & Ahrens) are from a CD Reel One Will recorded with singers Nina Vansuch, Michael Ricca and singer/pianist/arranger Brian Patton. It is currently not available for purchase.

“Do I Love You, Do I?” (Cole Porter), “I’m Old Fashioned” (Kern & Mercer), “Who Cares?” (Gershwin Brothers), “The Way You Love Tonight” (Kern & Fields), “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (Kern & Harbach) are from a CD Sketchbook #1 recorded with pianist/composer Steve Sweeting. It is currently not available for purchase.

“Lord of The Dance/Tis A Gift” is a medley Will recorded with friends Patty Barkas (vocals), Jonathan Keezing (guitar), Robert M (bass) and Jere Faison (engineer/co-producer). It is also currently not available for purchase.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

42 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for this, Will! I have had two lovely experiences where ukelele novices played the six or so songs they had learned and slowly drew everyone in the room into singing along. Magical! Years ago I sold my guitar to my roommate’s son because he loved it and I wasn’t using it. Perhaps a uke would be a good start on the road back to making some sweet lonesome music a few others could join in on.

    • There is a large and friendly and active ‘ukulele meetup group in the Boston area. Newcomers are always welcome (I know from relatively recent experience…) I also have two ‘ukuleles at home right now, and I’d be happy to hang out for an hour and help you begin to play some super simple arrangements of fun singalong songs. For example, there are many songs by the Beatles which are, happily, not too difficult to stumble through. And a perfectly serviceable ‘uke can be purchased for $40 or so.

  2. Excellent. I will follow you, follow you wherever you may go. Not in a stalker kind of way.
    May your life be filled with birdsong always-

    • Yippee! Is there an official thing I need to do within WordPress to follow your blog? Or did I accomplish this goal when I signed up using the email widget on the right hand side of your page?

      • I think you are all set. You may get tired of me, though, as I post every day. If you decide to sign off and just bookmark me, I will understand. 🙂 Some folks follow me @lunastella1blog, but so far I don’t tweet anything extra besides the blog posts.

  3. Hi 🙂

    I couldn’t find a ‘contact’ feature on your site; I hope you don’t mind me making this ‘comment’ (you can always delete it!)

    I have a favour to ask…

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to reach folks who don’t have their Gravatars set up in the way I suggest in my ‘Using Gravatar…’ post. It’s catch-22: when I see a Gravatar that’s not set up, I usually have no way to contact that person to suggest that they visit that article!

    So, in order to stretch the reach of this post, I would be most grateful if you would consider linking to, or even ‘reblogging’ the article.

    As a reminder, it’s here:

    Thanks very much for listening!

    (s) ‘pendantry’

  4. Will,

    Now we’re connected via my blog and yours. I really liked your photo essay on our politics and war—and now I have the additional pleasure of hearing you sing! What a treat: a Renaissance man!
    I look forward to sharing comments on our blog posts.

    • Yes, yes and yes. One of the best parts about blogging for me is the comments section after each post — and becoming acquainted with one’s fellow bloggers as a result of reading their comments and then becoming curious about their blog posts…

  5. I have a great love for songs written from 1920s-1960s (and also lots written since then, too.) I am always gently amazed when someone actually spends time on my blog. THANK YOU for listening and reading!

    • Thank you very much, Ruth! I love working with pianist Doug Hammer (and before him Steve Sweeting) because we never know where we are going to end up with a particular song. Some versions are more straightforward and some are quite improvisatory. Thank you for reading and listening and leaving a comment!

  6. Dear Will,

    I would like to add that for best viewing, it would be prudent to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

    Since my blog contains advanced styling and multimedia components plus animations, it is highly recommended to read my posts and pages directly in my blog so that you will be able to see and experience all of the refined and glorious details. Hence, it is prudent to refrain from viewing my blog in the WordPress Reader, which tends to ignore or strip away some styling and formatting components, and also fails to display animations, all of which are aplenty in my posts and pages, which will look very different and even improper or amiss in the WordPress Reader.

    May you enjoy the long Easter weekend!

    Looking forward to reading your forthcoming posts!

  7. Dear Will,

    It is with great sadness for me to inform you that one of your commenters by the name of Sue Vincent has recently passed away. Sue was a fellow poet and writer who had always been a very graceful and amiable human being. She will definitely be missed by those who knew her and her prose well. Her essence will live on in her poems and writings that touch our hearts and minds.

    Yours sincerely,

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  10. I loved your post “Overjoyed” this morning. Your voice has always taken me back to a simpler time, when most of us were seeking the uncomplicated, and understood although it is difficult, life is beautiful and the beauty of it could be captured and held onto by the pure expression of love through music which moves the heart.

  11. This may be one of the most lovely comments I have ever received. Thank you! Deep breath in. Deep breath out. ps: I hope you are feeling OK today. I was praying in your direction last night when I couldn’t fall asleep…

  12. Pandemic, I missed singing more than anything else. Even singing carols outdoors, in the churchyard was banned.
    At primary school, we learned traditional songs, mostly Scottish,
    unaccompannied, or simply piano.
    School music’s now an unaffordable luxury in many UK state schools.

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