Hello, Songwriters!

I hope your fall is getting underway with pumpkin-spiced items and fuzzy blankets of goodness.

Autumn for me is a time in the city when the energy changes; you can almost sense creativity in the air as the leaves change and projects begin.

And so..it is time for us to begin a project, too!

As some of you may know, this year marks Carnegie Hall's 125th Anniversary, and to celebrate, they are presenting "The Somewhere Project", inviting everyone to think on this idea, taken from the lyrics of the seminal West Side Story musical:

There's a place for us

Somewhere a place for us

To get a general sense of the many things Carnegie Hall will be doing this year related to West Side Story and The Somewhere Project, go here.

SOME EXCITING NEWS! Carnegie has teamed up with Soundfly to create a companion course for The Somewhere Project, and it's totally FREE. You'll learn about different elements of the history, production, inspiration, etc--AND be asked to come up with your own create work as inspired by the project.

This is where I come in!

I will be your guide, your coach, your mentor, your songwriting online go-to-gal, for The Somewhere Project. For the next 6 months we will be writing songs together, and sharing them as a community. Selected songs produced from the project may get featured in a Somewhere Project online gallery, or may even be performed live as part of a Neighborhood Concert.

The main thing is, LET'S WRITE MUSIC!

First, go HERE to sign up for Soundfly's free course. It's not required, but will be helpful.

Also, watch this video of "Somewhere" from the film version of West Side Story:







Here's one from me, written about a time when I was touring with the circus and knew it was time for me to leave:

Last Night in Shelburne


You can share here, in comments, on your own profile page, on the homepage, or on YouTube etc with hashtag #somewhereproject.

Feedback is encouraged and welcomed here as we write songs, but let's keep it constructive and positive in tone.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!



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Comment by thierry kauffmann on January 18, 2016 at 4:42am

Hello Deidre,

I am still working on my Somewhere song. I was able to record  the following video. The  singing really is for a  professional singer to sing. I ate my heart out and sang it myself because I thought I could convey best what the final result should or could sound like. I draw encouragements from sharing unfinished work and I look forward to hearing your thoughts of what needs to be improved. I will try to videotape myself singing it, a most useful exercise and challenge I understand not only for someone with P.D :) I want to thank you for taking the time and dedication to hear my work and opening the door of your institution to composers like me.

Comment by Hesty Wulandari on January 8, 2016 at 7:23am

I am trying to participate to this project with my students

Comment by thierry kauffmann on January 7, 2016 at 1:22pm

I'm working on it!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on January 6, 2016 at 6:24pm


Do you have in mind which section will be verse, chorus, etc? (Ie, Is the "snow falls" repetition intentional because it will be the beginning of a first and second verse..)

Can't wait to hear it!

Comment by thierry kauffmann on January 2, 2016 at 8:37pm

A draft

Snow falls on the ice rink
I wait for a sign a blink
I know love is calling me
Happy faces spin in the glowing night

There is laughter and falling hats
and gloves and I look at the Christmas tree
Snow falls on hearts below
Long Island white red and blue stars
hang where houses wait
for the blessed eve
Children wait Santa is near
The music beats in the cool night
Above the tree another light
glows It is you
and all I hear is softly sinking me until I
can no longer walk
I know I found the way home
For love was there that night
When we first met, below the Christmas tree


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