Finishing up that songwriting challenge…Week 1 of 5

Fulfilling my personal promise to complete a song-a-week project I was involved with in 2013, I’m writing a song a week for the next 5 weeks. This is week #1, with the prompt: BROTHER.

I wrote this song about a man who’s at my local train stop here in Brooklyn. He’s most peculiar. It’s another quirky tune, so the piano part and melody are similarly light-hearted.

Man on the Mezzanine

We see his bags we feel his trace
We see the wisdom in his face
He nods his head and waves hello
As we go past and we’re on the go

When we’re whining about our days
He’ll remind us it ain’t all gray

He’s the man on the mezzanine
No need to understand why he does the things we see
He’s a greeter, a receiver
He’s the man on the mezzanine

He reads the news using his head
He’ll use the paper as his bed
He meditates and does tai chi
Knows how to channel energy

And when we’re rushing he’ll slow us down
And remind us that breathing is what life’s all about