Celebrate the Journey
... is the new theme song for the Kansas City Starlight Blue Star Awards, written specially for the good folx in KC by Sam and Marcus Stevens, with vocal arrangements by Madeline Smith. The song was written, and was first recorded and performed, in isolation during the first spring and summer of the COVID-19 pandemic.
... is an award-winning Seoul-based children's language program; as a staff writer, Sam has written over 170 songs to help Korean kiddos learn how to speak English.
English Egg songs encompass a wide range of styles, from Tin Pan Alley to disco to pop to fantasy to tango to Caribbean to nearly anything else. The goal is for each style to communicate additional meaning to a given text, while the song itself functions as a fun way to get kids excited about learning a new language and eager to practice their language skills!
Click here for more info about the English EGG program, and check out "Hurry, Rachel! Hurry!" below for more info on the letter R.
Little BiG Things
... is a series of teensy-tinsy art songs written with the exceptionally brilliant poet, cartoonist (see left) and theater-maker Jay Eisenberg. The line-up includes "On the Care and Keeping of Plants," "The Common Could," "This, Too," and "Possibilities."
Check out the inimitable Kerstin Anderson singing the whole set of 'em at Feinstein's / 54 Below in August 2017.
In December 2014, The Actor's Fund brought together a dazzling array of talent to perform the animated classic live on stage for the first time ever.
The shimmering Jule Styne / Bob Merrill score (with additional lyrics by Sam!) careened back, back, back on Broadway with a 28-piece orchestra led by Emmy- and Grammy-winner John McDaniel. The A-list cast featured Douglas Sills, Robert Cuccioli, Don Darryl Rivera, Tony Sheldon, Joshua Henry, Klea Blackhurst, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Jenn Cody and Christopher Seiber, Janet Dacal, Betsy Wolfe, John Bolton, Erik Altemus, and many others -- and was creatively realized by author Tim Pinckney, director Carl Andress and choreogropher Marcus Santana.
Oh, and there was plenty of razzleberry dressing.
And now, for something completely different, check out this ad campaign for HelloFlo's New Mom Kit, featuring a couple songlets (and an appearance) by Sam!
HelloFlo helps girls negotiate the fraught terrain of puberty and menstruation through their thoughtful products and hilarious viral videos. Now, they've decided it's time to tackle the truths of motherhood. Featured on Adweek (Ad of the Day!), and Today.com.