Chan Poling feels fortunate to have spent his life writing, performing and teaching music of all kinds. Write about something that brings you sheer joy.

Chan composed for a musical about the Congdon murders that took place at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN. He mentions “murder plots” and historical figures such as Marjorie Congdon and conveys a sinister feeling through his lyrics and chord progressions.

Try your hand at writing a theatrical song that deals with a historical event. Do some research on a historic event of your choosing. Then, like Chan has done, match the tone and feel of the song to the event.