Hi! My name is Steve Kramer, but my friends call me Goog.
I enjoy writing music and invite you to take a little break and have a listen. If you like a song, download the MP3 and add it to your playlist.
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Steve Snodgrass inspired me to write this song with his fantastic Facebook surfing posts. Its title was appropriated from a Facebook post by Dan Gibson.
Special thanks to Facebook, Byron Fry and Jay Setar for helping me realize the musical ideas in my head.
I wrote this song during a communication meltdown that occurred when my wife asked my son to describe his day at school. We liked the song so much we decided to feature it in a music video starring my son and his friends pretending to be in the band.
Turn on Closed Captioning to see the lyrics.
Special thanks to Byron Fry, Larry Antonino and Dan Potruch for their outstanding musicianship, and to Jim Ferguson for the video production.
Have a listen to my latest production, Mrs. Maisel, inspired by the Amazon television series, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and Jessie Juwono's Maiselesque wedding. A special thanks to Byron Fry for an amazing arrangement, flawless production, and most excellent guitaring.
If you haven't seen "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," do yourself a favor and watch. It's the best thing on television!
My harshest critic, Bruce Greenberg, has yet to give me a thumbs up on any of my musical creations... until now! Thanks to Byron Fry and Jay Setar for bringing this monster to life.
Watch and listen to the most fun thing you'll hear all day.
My Turn to Shine
This one sprang to life in February as the product of two unrelated events: my son's school play and a reconnaissance mission through his Instagram feed. We received notice that his school was casting for "High School Musical," so we rented and watched the movie hoping we could talk him into participating. He wasn't having it, even though he had great experiences with musical theater before he became a teenager. Around the same time, while scouring his social media for objectionable content, I came across some melancholic messages from a few of his friends. Reading them gave me long forgotten perspective on navigating the challenges of teenage friendships, and within an hour or so, this song wrote itself as a teen musical number.
There Go I
There have been quite a few protests these past few years and it seems our country is increasingly divided. I wrote this song to acknowledge some of the issues and make an individual commitment to behave more thoughtfully.
Were she still alive, tomorrow would have been my mother's 80th birthday. Always thoughtful, loving and kind, she managed to raise three boys who adored her and worked to make her proud.
Over twenty years ago, my brother, Jack, wrote lyrics to music I had written twenty years before that. My brother from another mother, Eric, helped us create this piece to remember my dear mom.
Play the video to hear the song and see some embarrassing family photos.
The Summer's Gone
As my son wades through his wonder years, it reminds me of my own adolescence. My favorite memory was a sleepover with Danny Gibson in his camper. We stayed up late listening to the Beach Boys and confessing our crushes. Of course, we never had the courage to act on them, and that's what inspired me to write this cautionary ditty for my son. So, have a listen... maybe it will take you back, too.
Waiting for You
Here's an early Happy Mother's Day to Jeanette Kramer who's love, devotion and determination shows everyday in our son's character and accomplishments. We had a long and difficult path to parenthood, but good things come to those who wait, and we couldn't be happier.
So I made this song and video to express our feelings, and, in the process, seemed to have run out of Kleenex.
It Sure is Short
I wrote this to remember my big brother who passed away March 17, 2011. Accompanying me on the upright bass is my niece (my brother's daughter), Barbara.
The song gets its name from one of his favorite sayings, "It's not that big around, but it sure is short!" It's 51 seconds long, one for each year of his short life.
He was a caring brother, a loyal friend, an amazing father, the coolest uncle, and I miss him everyday.