Song Portrait FAQ

Why a Song Portrait?
Many of us are starved for appreciation. Most people are appreciated the most at their funeral, when they are not around to take it all in. And often when you appreciate someone directly with words they don’t take it all in. People are not accustomed to receiving, and it can be embarrassing, or even scary to let love in. A Song Portrait delivers the goods playfully, profoundly, and poetically. It catches people deliciously off guard, and it slips in past their defenses. It reaches them at a heart level like nothing can. They feel seen, honored, and saturated with love. And they get to come back to it over and over again, for the rest of their lives.

How long is a Song Portrait?
That depends. A Mona Lisa is usually about 4 minutes. Same for a Mona Lisa Eulogy or a Selfie. A Children’s Song Portrait is short and sweet due to their attention span and a Quickie tends to be around two minutes in length.

How is it recorded?
I record it in my office with a mike called a Zoom. That gets a nice sound. You also have the option, for an extra $250, to have me record, mix, and master it in a professional recording studio, which adds to the sound quality in a significant way. I can also add cello, bass, drums, a second guitar, and background vocals for full production. The fee for that would be estimated at $3000.

How do I get it?
I send you an MP3 by email.

Can you also sing it live to my loved one over the phone, Skype, or FaceTime?
Yes. For an extra $50 you can surprise your loved one by having me serenade them at the appointed hour. I can also show up live to perform it. One couple loved their relationship song so much that they flew me across the country to sing it at their wedding.

What if I don’t like the song?
Then I keep working on it till you do. And not just till you like it, but till you love it.

Will I be able to give feedback as it is being written?
Yes. It is helpful to the process to get your input. When I am about halfway done, I will email you what I have so far, and ask you for feedback. Then, when I think it is complete, I send it to you for one more critique. Many times, people love how it came out, but there is one or two minor things that you want changed. The song is not done till everyone is over the moon happy with it.

Do you offer a free consultation?
Yes. Not everyone wants or needs this, but for many, a fifteen minute conversation with me will be beneficial to the process.

I see some of your sample songs have pictures and are up on YouTube. Do you do that? Is that included in the service?
No. That was done by my clients. But I do recommend it wholeheartedly. You can pay for a pro to do it, get a tech savvy family member to do it for you, or do it yourself. A picture is worth a thousand words, and turning the song into a video will maximize the emotional impact of the experience.

How do we begin?

Send me an email and let me know you want one. Or click on the payment link and complete payment. When you email me I will send you the questions you will need to answer so I can get started on the song. You can also set up a free consultation with me over the phone, FaceTime, or Skype before we get started, or during the process. By the way, the process can take a week, sometimes two. Rush songs are possible, but with Mona Lisa Song Portraits we would have to discuss a different price. The Quickie can be done quickly. Go figure!