Ben Crowder

Will I Leave a Legacy?

The following was written in 2005

In February I came home from school one day and read an article about Janice Kapp Perry online. It said that she’s written over 900 songs. That blew me away, and then the muse came and a melody came into my head. I wrote it down immediately. But what were the lyrics to be about? Within a few minutes I remembered a question one of my friends asked me in an e-mail: “What legacy are you going to leave behind?” It had struck me then and now it demanded to be woven into a song. The first verse came slowly, but then the second verse came in an instant. It took almost a month and a half for the third verse. As for the accompaniment, I gave the melody and chord progression to my friend Chace McNeil, who then wrote the piano part.

Technical note: the MIDI is generated from a separate ABC file, since abc2midi doesn’t seem to like the multiple endings very much.