For today’s post, I’m taking a breather from Leading Lady songs to celebrate my grandson’s fourth birthday. Miles Buffalo Gilbert was born on May 25, 2011, and in the spring and summer of the following year, I composed the score for Enchantment Theater Company’s production of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. The production included a sequence which was not in William Steig’s story, a flashback to Sylvester’s birth and childhood, with tender, happy scenes where he bakes cookies with his mom and builds something with his dad in the back yard. I scored the sequence with a simple but poignant jazz waltz, and decided to name the tune for my grandson. It evokes happy memories of times spent with my own sons, and experiences that await my son Alex as he discovers the joys (and all the many emotions) of fatherhood. The fierce joy of fatherhood was something I never expected to be so powerful!