Who Wrote the Music?
Can’t get the Book Club for Kids theme music out of your head? You can thank our multi-talented composer Jonathan Jensen.
Can you guess which instrument Jonathan plays for the theme? (answer at the end)
Jonathan’s “day job” is playing bass for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan’s been a full time orchestral bassist for forty years, but pursued a second career of sorts as a pianist for various forms of dancing - English country dance, contradance, ballroom dance. You can see Jonathan playing at a dance camp weekend in that top picture.
Ah, but what about composing?
Jonathan’s written dozens of dance tunes, which have been played and recorded by many other musicians. Two of his pieces for children's chorus have been published, and one of them, "Christmas Carol" was recently performed by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a new version with orchestra. He’s also writing the music and lyrics for a musical about the late Governor William Donald Schaefer who spent four colorful, eventful terms as mayor of Baltimore.
Jonathan says his first memory is of singing a made-up song while banging on a toy piano. He started lessons on piano at age 7, and later learned violin, flute, clarinet and tuba, and taught himself to play mandolin, recorder and the ocarina, which is the instrument you hear on the podcast theme. The double bass has been his main instrument since middle school when he was encouraged to take it up to play in the school band.