Author & Composer Michael Patrick Walker says...
Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown wrote the lyric “Life is just a bowl of cherries / so live and laugh at it all”. It’s a nice lyric, but as a philosophy of life, you need more. You could ask Buddy or Lew but, the problem is, they’re dead. So when it comes to life advice, you’re stuck with me and my two suggestions.
First, worry less about what other people think and more about what you think. It’s tough to override people’s opinions on so fascinating a subject as you, but try. Be your own judge – not overly harsh nor overly lenient. Hold yourself to your own standards and give yourself a good talking to when you fall short. You can take other opinions into account of course, just never use them in place of your own.
Second, worry less about who you are and more about who you want to be. You can’t change who you are right now – even if you decide to, it’s not “now” anymore and your chance is past. But you can figure out who you want to be and make choices and take actions to become that person. By the way, any change worth making takes time and effort, so you should start now! You might not succeed, but trying is rarely something you’ll regret in the long run.
It took me a long time to learn those two things. I certainly didn’t know them as a teenager and I don’t always remember them even today. Still, I try to follow them as often as I can and I’m always happier – and usually more successful – when I do! So, with due respect to Buddy and Lew, life may be just a bowl of cherries, but…what if you made them into a pie…? "
About Michael Patrick Walker...
Born and raised in the small town of New Freedom, PA, Michael began his music education at the age of 5. Though he studied piano for many years, it wasn’t until the age of 13 when he played a 2-piano version of The Sound of Music at a local high school that he discovered his love of musical theatre. At age 17, he began to attend Carnegie Mellon University. Upon his graduation from CMU, Michael moved to New York City and was fortunate enough to begin working as a theatre musician almost immediately. He played on and off Broadway and toured the United States extensively with several musicals as both a musician and conductor. On one of these tours, he first met a musician named Gary Adler with whom he would begin to write Altar Boyz in 2001.
He is currently writing an original new musical with book writer Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, Peter and the Starcatcher), developing an innovative dance musical with director Stafford Arima (Carrie, Altar Boyz) and choreographer Andrew Palermo (artistic director of dre.dance) and writing a new sung-thru musical called being theo.
In 2011, Michael recorded his first album featuring only his music and lyrics. Out of Context: The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker contains songs from several of his upcoming musicals and a few from his “trunk” – performed by an amazing group of Broadway’s most talented singers including Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O'Hara, Telly Leung, Lisa Howard, Michael Arden and many more.
For more information on Michael Patrick Walker go to his website, www.michaelpatrickwalker.com