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Walter Martin

Tell us about your music:

I write music that tells stories. Some stories are from my life and some are imagined. Either way, they are designed to entertain people and make people feel good.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N is about the power of one's imagination. The second verse is about is about a dad singing to a kid as he falls asleep. The dad in the story, like most dads, doesn't have a great voice but the kid feels a warmth in his voice that he loves. But essentially the song is a celebration of creativity (and of making fun of your dad's singing voice).

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

I hope the song will spark a creative feeling in kids. I hope they will listen to the words and picture the images in their heads. I got the idea for the bell-chime solo from a 1920's carousel near my house in Brooklyn and approximated the sound by hitting a glockenspiel with metal butter knives. To me that sound has a magical feeling of innocence and joy. I try to capture that feeling through different means in loads of my songs (not always with butter knives).

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