About your music: My music is informed by all of the genres I love: Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, Folk, Opera, Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, American Songbook, Experimental, Country, Rock, Classical. The music I make for kids and families is also inspired by comedians and storytellers I love: Steve Martin, The Marx Brothers, Harry Chapin, and Ogden Nash, to name a few. When I perform live, it's usually just me and my acoustic steel-string guitar and harmonica. I play a mostly fingerpicking style called Piedmont or East Coast Blues. I also use Ragtime and other Country and Blues styles.
About this song: My original songs tend to be narrative story songs, though I do covers and adaptations too. “The Ladybug Without Spots” is a bluesy story song I wrote about a spotless ladybug who asks for help acquiring spots so she can be more like her family and friends. I play guitar and sing. Other instruments featured in the song include standup bass, two trombones, and drums.
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: Well, I hope they all enjoy the story and wonder about the spotless, dotless ladybug. And I hope they all agree with me that after the ladybug has returned to her original and unique state, it is for the best. That's the way she was meant to be, after all. And, of course, just in case there are folks out there who don't yet love the trombone, I hope this song changes their minds!