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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Free to Be … the Music

Free to Be … the Music

(p.56) Free to Be … the Music
When We Were Free to Be

Stephen Lawrence

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how Bruce Hart and the author were tasked to write a title song. Coming up with titles was among Bruce's special gifts. Within a few days he showed the author a lyric. “There's a land that I see where the children are free” seemed just right, an invitation to a world filled with boundless possibility. As a Sesame Street composer, the author once composed the music for seven songs in ten days. Bruce was pleased with all of them. He was motivated to work quickly so he had the luxury of throwing out early ideas if they didn't pass the overnight test: the author recorded a piece on his computer and forgot about it. The next morning, he heard it fresh, and if it wasn't good enough, out it went and he started again.

Keywords:   Bruce Hart, title song, boundless possibility, Sesame Street, overnight test

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