This year of 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of my first complete recorded song (words & music) and it was inspired by the early records by The Beatles that I first heard while in the Army stationed in Frankfurt, Germany in the early 1960s.
After I returned to the States, I eventually had a recording made of my song and in the picture
I am lovingly holding a framed
45 RPM Record of that first song, "The Soho Serenade," in 1965--
A download of that song is now available from CD Baby -- click here
"The Soho Serenade" is also included on the album, Gentle Peace -- click here
Anyone who has written music knows the struggles involved in not only writing it but also getting it performed and recorded and getting it released --not an easy task.
During the 1960s, I wrote many songs and had a few demo records made. One of them was "Free as the breeze," sung by a singer who had a bad cold. That's one disadvantage of making a demo record with a limited amount of funds available.
None of my early songs had been released before commercially.
Now I have gathered together some of these songs and some instrumentals from the past for an CD album titled, Gentle Peace (AMRC 0024).
This album includes a few of my early pop and jazz songs of the 1960s.
Following those songs are my first classical compositions while I was studying at Rutgers University and also other compositions for various performers from the 1970s onward.
One of the songs was written for a choral tour in 1988 with the Sharing A New Song (SANS) Chorus from Massachusetts, whose mission is to bring people together through music. It was composed especially for the SANS tour. I was a member of the chorus as well as my wife. The SANS chorus traveled
to Russia for the Millennium of the Russian Orthodox Church.
For the first time in the then Soviet Union,
a combined Russian and American chorus sang together in a concert.
For that occasion, I wrote a short song, "A Gift Round," sung in Russian.
The English translation is: "We are giving you a gift of our songs."
When it was first performed in Yaroslavl, Russia, the title of my song was the headline in the local Russian newspaper and several Russians expressed their enjoyment and appreciation of my song. This song is included on the Gentle Peace CD.
Here are some pictures taken at the historic concert in Yaroslavl, Russia in June of 1988:
Over these many years I've had many struggles and disappointments
with my music.
My hope is to share what I have written with others
who may also seek a way to find through music--
--Roger Lee Hall, ASCAP composer, May 2015
To order the complete CD album (AMRC 0024)
Get your download copy of a single from the Gentle Peace album,
"The Soho Serenade," by clicking on the picture below: