I was introduced to Songs of Love by my good friend and songwriter, David (not Lee) Roth. David is one of many songwriters from every genre that donates his time a talent to write personal songs for children who are ill, some who are terminal. Personal information is collected from parent/guardians about the child and that is forwarded to the songwriter to use to write the lyrics. Songwriters are often chosen because they have expertise in a specific music genre that the child favors. The songwriters do amazing magic to write, arrange, orchestrate and record the song in a very short period of time. Some of the recipients only have a short time. The song is then delivered to the child. The reactions are always heart expanding. I have seen video (available on YouTube) of the first time a child hears his or her song and I swear they get bigger and glow as they listen. I have also had the honor and privilege to participate in a workshop that David Roth facilitates where a group of people get together and collaborate to write a Song of Love. David takes the product of the workshop home and produces it.
I cannot encourage people enough to donate to this fine organization and the work it does. Music has been proven scientifically to heal the body, mind and spirit and who is more worthy of that healing than the dependent among us.
I met one of the musicians who played on the songs for sick children in when I was at the cable tv store in mid-town Manhattan. My son Ian was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma at 17 and was being treated at the time so the charity resonated with me. Knowing first hand what children go through when they are really sick and how Songs for Love had the potential to put a smile back on their faces, I just had to donate. The reason why John Beltzer set up the organization is also extremely moving. it still is one of my favorite charities.
As a longtime supporter of Songs of Love, I have seen numerous examples of their work in action. John Belzer has built an incredible organization based on his personal vision that has enriched the young lives it has touched.
My daughter, Haley was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor. As you can imagine, we were devistated that this vibrant, beautiful, "perfect" child had cancer! While we were in the hospital absorbing all of the traumatizing details of what my daughter would be facing over the next several months, a social worker approached us about a foundation that writes individual songs about individual children battling medical conditions. We jumped on that opportunity - it gave us something to look forward to and allowed us to reflect on what was important in Haley's life! We played that CD over and over again for Haley and for anyone that would listen! It brought great joy for the entire family and is something that Haley can treasure for the rest of her life!
I am one of the writers for Songs of Love. It is no doubt one of my favorite organizations. The letters i have received from families have been wonderful. To know that i was able to bring joy to a child and or their families by composing a song specifically for them is a great joy. With Songs of Love, time is often of the essence. The sad part of being involved is that often the children do not survive... But i have received letters from families who have played the song at the child's memorial service. My own family and I wept a upon reading these letters but still were grateful that they thought enough of the song to have it featured in the service as a representation of the child's heart put to music. Thanks Songs of Love for what you do... if you haven't supported them in the past, please consider making a donation and partnering with us to bring joy into the lives of more children.