Make your special occasion even more memorable by commissioning a Song for a Terrific Person!

Listen to our professionally recorded samples below and think of the terrific people YOU would like to honor in song. When you submit a commission request, levinemusic will respond promptly to discuss your requirements. Pricing varies depending on what you seek. Packages include your custom written and recorded song on CD with personalized insert, and framed sheet music.

Kellee And Saul

This old timey jazz tune, part of Douglas Levine's Songs For Terrific People project, was a wedding present for a terrific couple.  Commission your song, today!


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Kellee & Saul Said Kellee to Saul, “I love you.”
Said Saul back to Kellee, “That’s neat…
‘Cause in the same way
That the sun makes it day,
Having you makes my life feel complete.”

“So Kellee,” said Saul, “Let’s get married.”
And the moment she answered, “That’s fine.”
Came the ding of a bell
From a heavenly dell,
And the smell of smoked fishes,
And steaming knishes,
And the popping of corks
From big bottles of sparkling wine,

As the world was transformed
To an orchestra giving it’s all
For Kellee and Saul.

Vocals:    Maureen Budway
Clarinet:  Lou Schreiber
Piano:     Douglas Levine
Bass:       Jeff Grubbs
Drums:   Thomas Wendt

Design: Lauren Braun

Recorded, mixed and mastered
at Maywood Studios,
Allison Park, PA.
Engineer: Daniel May

©2011 levinemusic
All rights reserved

 

Tania's Logic

This latin jazz tune, part of Douglas Levine's Songs For Terrific People project, was a musical tribute to a talented friend.  Who's YOUR song worthy Terrific Person?


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Tania's Logic [Photo: Layne Anderson] I’m not goin’ to school today,
And I’ll tell you why.
Although it’s only half a mile away,
You’ll note it’s raining cats and dogs,
And I left my boots at Jimmy’s,
And you know Dad said,
“You really shouldn’t drive that car
In the rain, with the brakes so low.”

On the other hand…
You and Dad go on and on
How T.V. rots your brain,
But who could read on a crummy
Day like this. And so,

I guess my situation’s plain:
Wet feet or mushy brain.
A mushy brain’s not cool.
I’m nobody’s fool.
So get the blue umbrella
‘Cause I’m gettin’ me to school.

Vocals:   Tania Grubbs
Piano:    Douglas Levine
Bass:      Jeff Grubbs
Drums:  Thomas Wendt

Photograph:  Layne Anderson
Design: Lauren Braun

Recorded, mixed and mastered
at Maywood Studios,
Allison Park, PA.
Engineer: Daniel May

©2011 levinemusic
All rights reserved.

Anesthesia

This comical tango, part of Douglas Levine's Songs for Terrific People project, was a wedding present for an anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist who met and fell in love on the job.  Let us write a song for YOUR terrific people!


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Anesthesia Anesthesia, anethesia.
So powerful one sniffs enough to please ya.
There must have been a faulty value somewhere
the day these two were breathing in the air.

Anesthesia, anethesia.
The very word will soothe ya and then seize ya.
As subtle as a drug rep on the phone
and deadly as a surgeon's bad cologne.

Its so scientifically deep
yet clear as the sky up above.
The one laying down fell asleep
and the two standing up fell in love.

Anesthesia, anesthesia
with a "happy ever after" to appease ya
that never was there gas as blessed as this
for our gas man and his nurse anesthetist.

Vocals: Marcus Stevens
Piano:   Douglas Levine
Bass:     Paul Thompson
Drums: R.J. Heid

Design: Lauren Braun

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at
SoundColor Productions,
Pittsburgh, PA.
Engineer: Jay Weaver

©2010 levinemusic
All rights reserved

The Principles of Michaeleconomics

This gypsy jazz flavored tune, part of Douglas Levine's Songs for Terrific People project, was a birthday present for a fantastic father, grandfather and economist.  Which Terrific Person in YOUR life needs a song?


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The Principles of Michaeleconomics
Perhaps you learned some micro in a class your sophomore year,
Some macro from a show on P.B.S.
Our topic for today is an econo-pioneer!
So take good notes--this will be on the test.

The principles of Michaeleconomics
might be a bit bewildering at first take.
But carefully review, and analyze them, too..
No doubt you'll find them thoroughly opaque.

The chocolate law of Michaeleconomics:
When the market's bear, your pantry should be full.
And if in '82 the yolk was bad for you,
the egg amendment posits: that was bull.

The early years in Regensburg and sunny Tel Aviv
were followed by Carnegie Tech, then Yale and M.I.T.
Honeywell would lead to over thirty years at Pitt--
a legacy of learning. But lets back things up a bit...

Marilyn's Rule of Michaeleconomics,
inspired by violins in Cambridge, Mass:
You know the gal is great, so why procrastinate?
Wait ninety days, then pop the question, fast!

The Juliet and Andra Theory's deep, but here's the gist:
Two more lovely daughters couldn't possibly exist.
And often cited in the text, but better read aloud:
Andrew, Callie, Gabby, Ryan...Papa's mighty proud.

And Mary's Law of Michaeleconomics,
a cautionary tale of girl meets boy:
One day you're holding hands on Tierra Del Fuegan sands,
the next, you're holding pythons in Hanoi!

Some final points to help you see
Michaeleconomically:
The Cinnamon-Archie Paradigm
permits one poodle at any one time.
The Dow is plunging? Follow that hunch:
Take Netrebko out to lunch.
When tickling gators under the chin,
first alert your next of kin.
Depression looming on your watch?
Try the twenty year old scotch!

Thus concludes our inquiry. Hope you got the gist
of the Principles of Michaeleconomics. Class dismissed!

Vocals: Daphne Alderson
Violin:  Jonathan Moser
Guitar:  John Marcinizyn
Bass:     David Pellow

Design: Lauren Braun

Recorded, mixed and mastered
at Maywood Studios,
Allison Park, PA.
Engineer: Daniel May

©2012  levinemusic
All rights reserved

A Pittsburgh Boy Met A New York Girl

This nostalgic jazz tune, part of Douglas Levine's Songs For Terrific People project, was a 50th anniversary gift to a very special couple.  Don't your Terrific People deserve a song, too!


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A Pittsburgh Boy Met A NY Girl Once upon a time,
A Pittsburgh boy met a New York girl
And Cupid, he got wise.
Swiftly there was love in their eyes.

Destined as a rhyme,
That Pittsburgh boy and that New York girl
Would share a wedding blintz,
And what a yarn they've spun, ever since!

They start out in Seattle working hard to guarantee
Fewer folks are sick, and more kids are smart.
And on their way to Steel Town, she not only learns to ski,
But pioneers the field of black and blue as body art.

Two would soon be five:
Our Pittsburgh boy and our New York girl
Add three cubs to their pride,
Plus a gal with wings he sees on the side.

Does that family thrive?
With an anesthesiologist
And composer in its ranks.
And discounts on Heinz catsup…Steven, thanks!

But even with the countless grateful patients he’s made well,
And congregants she’s found a new home address,
The only time our humble heroes’ heads begin to swell
Is when you ask about a certain Sarah, Alex and Jess.

Once upon a time,
A Pittsburgh boy met a New York girl,
They wished upon a star,
And fifty swell years later, here we are.

So lift a glass, and toast a golden love that’s in its prime,
A splendid love more lustrous than a pearl.
To think that it all started back when once upon a time,
A Pittsburgh boy, a Pittsburgh boy, met a New York girl.

Vocals:   Tania Grubbs
Piano:    Douglas Levine
Bass:      Jeff Grubbs
Drums:  Thomas Wendt

Design: Lauren Braun

Recorded, mixed and mastered
at Maywood Studios,
Allison Park, PA.
Engineer: Daniel May

©2011 levinemusic
All rights reserved.

Never Not Enough Sue

This soulful blues tune, part of Douglas Levine's Songs For Terrific People project, was a going away present for a one of a kind individual.  Who's your one of a kind Terrific Person in need of a song?


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Never Not Enough Sue thumb Her disposition's permanently sunny.
Her talents can adapt to any need.
And 'cause she's like the energizer bunny,
Any time at all, it's guaranteed...

She's got some Susan for me, she's got some Susan for you,
She's got some Susan socked away for a rainy day, too.
I know it's hard to believe, but what I've found:
There's never not enough Sue to go around.

They say that as a youth she liked to frolic.
She's climb the walls, and run around pell-mell.
So good to know our bright eyed workaholic
Kept that inner child alive and well.

(Chorus)

Her optimism--it could fuel a rocket.
She's got an inexhaustible supply.
If she could bottle up the stuff, and hawk it
She could kiss that not-for-profit life goodbye!

(Chorus)

She's got a jones for getting folks of a certain tender age
To give up all their Sundays, and get up on a stage.
But if you ever think you're near the end of your rope
Five minutes flat, and she'll convince you to cope...
She'll have you dreamin' of hope!

She's got some Susan for me, she's got some Susan for you,
She's got some Susan socked away for a rainy day, too.
I know it's hard to believe, but what I've found:
There's never not enough Susan,
Noone's yet to catch her snoozin'...
Never not enough Susan,
She can multi-task while boozin'...
Never not enough Susan,
Won the Nobel Prize for schmoozin'...
Never not enough Sue...to go 'round!

Vocals: Shari Richards
Guitar: Jay Weaver

Design: Lauren Braun

Recorded, mixed and mastered
at Soundcolor Productions,
Carnegie,  PA.
Engineer: Jay Weaver

©2014 levinemusic
All rights reserved.

E & D

This cool jazz tune, part of Douglas Levine's Songs For Terrific People project, was a wedding present for a jazzy, cool couple.  Commission a song today for YOUR Terrific People!


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E & D, are you way too hip to talk to me?
'Cause I trip each opportunity there is to be
Hip as thee.
E & D, would it give you both a shock to see
How my hipster journal carefully quotes
Your anecdotes,
And documents your fashion sense
With expose I film each day
From my van across the way.

Your shoes and your eyewear
And your easy grasp of spyware
All remind me that my style is in a rut.
Indulge me a smidge and tell me
What's inside your 'fridge
So then at least I can be hip inside my gut.

Oh, D & E, can you muster any sympathy
For a nerd who only wished he knew the secret to
How to be as hip as you.

Vocals:   Marcus Stevens
Piano:    Douglas Levine
Bass:      Paul Thompson
Drums:  R.J. Heid

Design: Lauren Braun

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at
SoundColor Productions,
Pittsburgh, PA.
Engineer: Jay Weaver

©2012 levinemusic
All rights reserved

 

Spencer, Madeline, Charlotte and Kate

This heartfelt pop tune, part of Douglas Levine's Songs for Terrific People project, was a holiday present for four terrific kids and their grandparents. Who are your song worthy Terrific People?


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Spencer, Madeline, Charlotte and Kate Spencer and Madeline, Charlotte and Kate,
What can I tell you about them
Funny and smart and incredibly great,
That’s Spencer , Madeline, Charlotte and Kate.

Spencer and Madeline, Charlotte and Kate,
Never as much fun without them.
Give them your day, it will turn out first rate,
With Spencer, Madeline, Charlotte and Kate.

Spenny has adventure in his deep, blue eyes;
A tough guy not afraid of dreaming.
Maddie is a tumble of surprise;
A one-of-a-kind, with a smile that is beaming.
Charlotte’s quick and Charlotte is strong.
If you give her a problem, it won’t be a problem for long.
And if you’re lookin’ for charm and laughs galore,
Then Kate’s the one you’re lookin’ for, for sure!

Spencer and Madeline, Charlotte and Kate,
Impossible ever to doubt them.
When you need a smile, well, they won’t make you wait.
I’m tellin’ you once, and I’m tellin’ you straight.
Now, who are the best? We can end the debate!
It’s Spencer, Madeline, Charlotte and Kate.
Spencer, Madeline, Charlotte and Kate.
Spencer, Madeline, Charlotte and Kate.

Vocals:     Autumn Ayers & Erika Cuenca
Piano:      Douglas Levine
Bass:        Paul Thompson
Drums:    R.J. Heid

Design: Lauren Braun

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at
SoundColor Productions,
Pittsburgh, PA.
Engineer: Jay Weaver

©2010 levinemusic
All rights reserved.

 

Susan and Bob

This classical-klezmer mash up, part of Douglas Levine's Songs for Terrific People project, was a wedding present to a handsome groom from his beautiful bride. Is your Terrific Person ready for their surprise song?


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susan-and-bob-thumb WE KVELLED WHEN HE BROKE THE GLASS,
AND SIGHED WHEN THEY HAD THEIR KISS.
AND WE’LL SOON SAY, “GOODNIGHT,”
AS THEY VANISH FROM SIGHT,
FOR SOME WELL DESERVED WEDDED BLISS.

BUT BEFORE DOCTOR G. CAME ALONG,
AND MADE EVERYTHING DIVINE,
SUSAN THOUGHT SHE’D LOOK
AT THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK,
AND SHE THOUGHT, “WHY NOT LOOK ONLINE?”

SHE…WAS…A…
SHIKSA ON J-DATE,
SWIMMING IN AN OCEAN OF BRUNETTE.
BLONDE AND DETERMINED
TO MAKE A CHANGE TO BAGEL FROM BAGETTE.
‘CAUSE SHE HAD BEEN THROUGH THE RINGER,
A PANOPLY OF MALADY AND LOSS.
WHY NOT BE SPOILED BY
A MENSCH WHO’LL NEVER DRINK, AND ALWAYS FLOSS?

And how did that whole internet dating thing go, you ask? Well…

THERE WAS THE LAWYER, THE PROFESSOR AND THE RUNNER,
TWO SHRINKS, AND THE ‘NOT QUITE’ DIVORCÈ,
AND THE MOPEY MOMMA’S BOY
WHO WILL SOMEDAY FIND JOY
WHEN HE REALIZES THAT HE’S GAY.

SO AFTER TWO YEARS OF NOT TERRIFIC LUCK,
IN A STATE OF DESPAIR NEAR TO SWOON,
SHE ASKED HER SISTER, ANNE,
“DON’T YOU KNOW SOME BRILLIANT, NICE AND FUNNY,
AND COMPASSIONATE JEWISH DOCTOR TYPE OF MAN?”
AND SHE SAID, “GLUCKMAN’S COMING ON THE MARKET, SOON.”

“He’s a little peculiar, but for you, I consider that a plus.”

AND…NOW…THE…
ONC DOC FROM SIX PAV,
AND THE GAL WHO GAVE US SCHUBERT AND FAURE,
ARE WILD FOR EACH OTHER
IN A HAPPY EVER AFTER KIND OF WAY.
‘CAUSE THEY HAVE LEARNED THAT TO FIND LOVE,
YOU CAN’T GIVE UP BECAUSE YOU’VE LOST LOVE IN THE PAST.
IT’S A MAGICAL SECOND CHANCE,
TO SAVOR A FINE ROMANCE.
NOW FINALLY, YOUR HEARTS CAN DANCE,
SUSAN AND BOB…
AT LAST!

Vocals: Anna Singer
Piano: Douglas Levine

Cover Design: Lauren Braun
Photography: Bea Nyilas

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at
Maywood Studios, Allison Park, PA.
Engineer: Daniel May

©2013 levinemusic
All rights reserved.

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