Mike started writing songs about Madeline the day she was born. Silly songs, ballads, chants, anthems, and lullabies. There are many melodies about Maddie.

As Maddie grew older, she loved it when her daddy would play his songs for her.


And she often wanted to help him along.

25/365: Music Lessons

One day I asked Mike to play for Maddie so I could get a video of her watching him. She was totally into it the first few times. But something would happen (a dog bark, ringing phone, wrong note), and we’d stop recording and start again. Foolishly I deleted those videos, and this is the only one we have left. Mike’s voice is hoarse from being sick, and Maddie’s attention span is starting to run out, but I still can’t get over the way she looks at him when he sings (even when he messes up at the end).

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

We still sing her songs, to each other.