Best Custom Songs of 2015

2015 was a great year for Custom Serenade, mainly due to the interesting songs that we were lucky enough to work on, and the wonderful people that we had the pleasure of working with! Included here are some of our favorites from the past year, not in any particular order. If you enjoy listening to these custom songs, consider joining us on Facebook where we often post songs as well as music related fun, gifting advice, and also special offers!

Curtain Call Drama Society
Curtain Call Drama Society

Curtain Call is a drama society from the U.K. that provides cultural capital to their community! We feel lucky to have been commissioned to write and record their theme song! Keep up with the great work that they are doing here

Next we have a song for a great lady who has a lot of caring friends who helped create this great song for her! So, here’s wishing her many great shopping sprees and happy travels in the future!

Having a man commission a song for the love of his life is something we’ve done a lot, but this guy wasn’t content to stop there. He also created this great video to go with it! That’s what we call going above and beyond! Clearly, Barbie is a deserving partner.

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and in this case it was a gift not to one person, but to three of them. Here, a crafty gift giver treated her Mom, Sister and Aunt to this surprising present! Each year the McPhilimy women travel for the holidays, and you can hear all about it in this song!

Now we have a song from a loving husband and his son, to a wonderful wife and Mother. She’s always there whenever they need her, and so they gave a little something back! It doesn’t get any better than this.

This one was commissioned for a birthday, but it could just as easily have been for Father’s Day. Here’s to a great,interesting and FANTASTIC guy! A world traveler, piano player and more. This song features a kazoo solo!

Weddings are a big part of what we do, and this was a special wedding indeed! Reading the information submitted for this song was like reading an adventure novel, and hopefully the end result will make you feel like dancing. I had the pleasure of actually doing a live performance at a pre-ceremonial party!

Here’s a song from a gal to a guy! It is a rocking tribute to a great boyfriend, and it was lots of fun to work on. Perhaps some day we’ll all benefit from one of Ben’s great inventions. In the mean time, let’s rock out with his song!

Well, that’s it for the 2015 list. Here’s hoping that 2016 will yield just as many great tunes. If you’re interested in getting a custom song for any reason at all, let us know about it!

The Difference Between a Song Poem and a Custom Song.

Many of us remember  advertisements such as these in the National Enquirer or Weekly World News calling for poets or would be lyricists to submit their work, with the promise of fortune and fame in the form of hit songs. The companies that produced these adds were referred to as Song Poem companies, and the songs they produced have become known merely as Song Poems.

 

When I describe what we do here at Custom Serenade, people often refer to these ads, asking if what we do is similar.  Well, it is and it isn’t, so I thought I would use this post to highlight the differences in the world of Custom Songs and that of the Song Poem.

The main similariy between the Custom Song business and the Song Poem business is that most  custom song services do offer to create and record music that will turn the poetry or lyrics that someone has written into a song. But (A) this is only one of many services that we provide, and (B) there is no claim of fame or fortune.

When one would respond to the advertisements of the song poem companies by submitting their poetry, they would usually be met with a very enthusiastic reply stating that their words could definitely become a hit song. All that was needed in order to start them down the path to being an award winning lyricist was a demo recording. Naturally, whichever song poem company it was would be ready and eager to make that recording for a certain price. The starry eyed poet on the other end would often pony up the money and would receive in return a recording of a song that used their lyrics, and that is usually as far as it would go. To my knowledge no song poem ever became a money making hit-(although some  have become popular amongst collectors of the unusual).

Although stardom was never achieved by any song poets, many did relish hearing their words set to music.  It was a thrill to have a recording of a song that they had created the words for.  This is how the Song Poem industry survived through its hey-day in the 1970s and 80s, through the 90s, and to some degree even today.

At Custom Serenade when we create music that will accompany the lyrics of a client, our goal is to help a person reach their creative potential.  If someone wants to write a song but doesn’t play any instrument, we are here to help.  If a poet writes something they think would work as a song, we’re here to help.   If a person has expressed themselves through words in any way and wants to take it to the next level by adding sound to it, that’s what we do.

The other big difference between custom song companies and song poem companies, as mentioned earlier, is that adding music to lyrics is only a part of what is offered.  Most custom song businesses, ours included, also write songs based on information that clients provide.

For more information about song poems, which are fascinating, go here. To listen to a bunch of them go here.

I’ll write more about song poems later, but in the mean time here is an excellent example of a song in which we created music for a client’s lyrics:

 

A custom song is the ultimate tribute!



Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and weddings are all great reasons to get custom songs, and we’ve done plenty of them. But this post is dedicated to the use of a custom song as a tribute. Often happening in conjunction with a retirement, a promotion, or some other significant milestone in the workplace, custom songs as tributes are becoming increasingly popular. Usually, it works like this: A group of co-workers pool their resources and commission the song. They each contribute some information about the person receiving the song and then we here at Custom Serenade take the information and work our musical magic!

Custom songs written as tributes are fun because they are usually full of colorful anecdotes, and we love a good story! Additionally they usually contain some good-hearted humor and ribbing. One time, we actually did a custom song for a group of rabbis for an end of year roast!

One of the main selling points of commissioning a song as a gift is that “the person who has everything” usually has not ever received a custom song. This is especially true in the workplace. If every shelf has a trophy and each inch of wall is taken up with another plaque, why not reward them with a song laden with lyrics that sing their praises!

We could talk all day long about the wonders of a custom song as a tribute, but instead we’ll let you hear a couple of them!

Ivy, you’re a rose of a lady

Custom songs about birthdays provide us with a lot of great experiences. We love learning about the people who are having birthdays, and also getting to know the clients that commission the songs. Every birthday is special to us, but certainly all will agree that the one we are about to describe is extra special.

Ivy turned 102 last year and Custom Serenade was lucky enough to play a part in the celebration by writing and recording a song about her. She’s a fascinating woman with a keen sense of humor, a sweet tooth, and a lot of great stories to tell. The song itself is one that avoids specific genres and focuses on an overall nice feel and melody that attempt to reflect the positive outlook of Ivy herself. We hope you enjoy Ivy’s song, and be sure to check out the lyrics as well!


IVY

Chorus 1:
Ivy, you’re a rose of a lady
With oh so many stories to tell
Of the time you spent in Cornwall and Kent
And other tales from your endless well

If anybody asks you’ll say that life is wonderful
You always see the glass as half full
Sweeter than millionaires shortbread
You don’t mind a cheeky cider every now and then

Chorus 2:
Cinders, We’re so lucky you’ve been here
For more than one hundred years
With a smile so wide and a heart so grand
It’s lovely to hear you laugh

Hear the black bird sing so beautifully
Think about your wonderful family
Maybe get hooked on an audio book
Or lose yourself in your memories

Chorus 1

You’re a Mother and a Granny
Always go to church on Sunday
You’re a member of the Women’s Institute
No crossword is too cryptic
You love watching cricket
And you’ve got a real sweet tooth

But there is a mystery,
Befuddling and baffling
How have you lived over a hundred years
Without ever eating your greens

Chorus 2

Around the Car Park take Trixie for a trip
Feel the soft breeze and think about Pip
Going to the port, oh the late night drives
Waiting for Francis to arrive

Chorus 1

You’re positive and generous
Known for your sense of humor and fun
Some call you Cinders others call you M
Everywhere you go, you make new friends

Chorus 2 and 1

Katie and Craig!

Here’s a custom song that tells the story of a fantastic couple, AND they made a video for it! Thanks Craig and Katie!
If you’d like a song to tell your story, get started here!

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Right now you’ve got right now
So into the moment
Devoted to each other
Soaking up every day
You have together
Music and mountain bikes
TV shows or taking hikes
You must have met in
Different lives

Craig and Katie
When you first started dating
Despite the distance
you kept things consistent
It’s a long way from Kansas City
To Phoenix
But you go where your dream is
And for Katie that dream was named Craig

Repeat Chorus

One loves sketchy Chinese restaurants
The other love fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts
One loves ice tea, the other hot coffee
One is tech illiterate, the other a gadget geek

But if you stick together, the future is bright
No matter what it brings there will always be
Kombucha time

Craig will do anything to
To keep Katie smiling
Making up songs to sing
And dancing so wildly
He’s the hot guy in yoga class
He’s climbed Mt. Ranier
He’s caring and thoughtful
optimistic and sincere

Repeat Chorus