I was recently hired by Mrs. Mary Schwarz to arrange, record and produce 9 original songs that she wrote to honor her children and family. Mary is the mother of 2 of my piano and voice students. She spent a great deal of time in her earlier years growing up in Brazil. She told me that she had written these 9 songs to honor her children and husband and would like to leave the songs to her family especially her children as a legacy. Although by her own admission Mary is not an accomplished vocalist or musician, her songs reflect some extremely musical ideas, not to mention the lyrical creativity and meanings of the songs. She commissioned me to take her musical sketches and develop them into full blown in some cases orchestral pieces. It has truly been a labor of love thus far. I am currently working on song number 6. Mary has asked me to provide a note by note transcription of the songs as well as a cd containing all 9 of the songs plus an additional 10th track with samples from each of the nine tracks. I am planning to wrap this project up not later than the first of March, end of February.