Sammy For Friends #5 - "It's My Turn"

"It's My Turn" is a beautiful 1980 song used as the theme to the film of the same name. The song was written for the very talented Diana Ross, by Carole Bayer Sager (lyrics) and Michael Masser (music), who also was the producer of the film.  The tune repeats itself in different keys so the alto-sax seemed to fit perfectly.  It is a beautiful theme and I remember being so happy to write that arrangement.

I received a call from Pat Williams, who is credited for the music on the film. Pat asked me to arrange the title song for an after-the-movie recording - sound track album.  Which brings me to a very important lesson for all young arrangers & composers out there.  Many times, over my career I have what we call “ghost-written”.  diane estelle once asked me the question: “why would you allow someone else to take credit for your work?”  Here’s my answer - “it was the difference between staying home and not working or putting food on the table and a roof over my family!”  It happened many times to many of us back then.  But I always knew who did the work and over the years, people began to hear my own signature in the music - that my name was on it or not!  And guess what, I am still here telling you that story.  Enjoy!