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.

How is it recorded?
I have it recorded mixed, and mastered by Tom Finch at Tom Finch Studios in Fairfax, CA, where I live. He also plays the guitar on all songs because he is a wizard guitar player and I am not.  A regular Mona Lisa Song Portrait features two guitar tracks and a guitar solo. The fee for that is $1,997. Tom can also play bass, drums, keyboards and add background vocals, a radio ready production. The fee for that is $2,997.00

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, Zoom or FaceTime?
Yes. For an extra $200 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.

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.
 

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 at [email protected] or phone me at 415 755 8140 and let me know you want one. 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, Zoom, 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 we would have to discuss a different price.

And the Fee is…
$1997.00 for the regular and $2997 for the super deluxe radio ready fully produced version. A children’s song is $500 for the kiddos under 12.