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Custom Songs

Have you ever wanted to present a song to someone for a special occasion? For centuries, troubadours have composed songs about current events or famous people. Modern day troubadour, Dave Nachmanoff will write a song for your event, record it, and present it to you with a fully produced CD, custom-made to order!

You can have Dave write and record the song from scratch. Send him the information that he needs to construct the lyrics (words), and guidelines on the musical style (if you have a preference), and he will create an original song. Once the draft is written he will send you a 'rough' recording to get approval, and then send the 'master' recording once it has been approved.

Or, you can write the song with Dave, then have him record it. Or if you are musically inclined, record it with him. Dr. Dave has co-written songs with people from five years old to ninety-five (literally).

Or, you can write the song yourself, then have Dave arrange and record it, with or without you on the recording. Any option can be done in person, or long distance, although if you want to sing on the recording you will have to come to Davis, CA, or bring Dave to your area and find a studio.

The base price for this fully realized recording is $1000, though depending on instrumentation, turn-around time, etc... it may vary somewhat, call for details.

The package includes - a CD with the song, simple original artwork (cover, tray-card and label on CD). If additional copies are needed, you can simply have them duped, or pay $3 per additional copy (up to 25 copies) for Dave to dupe them. For larger orders, special arrangements can be made

Suggestions for occasions for custom songs:

  • Weddings
  • New jobs
  • Graduations
  • Retirements
  • Funerals
  • Roasts
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
  • Birthdays
  • Mother's Day
  • New babies
  • Jingles for small businesses
  • Valentine's Day
  • Father's Day
  • Civic celebrations
  • store/restaurant openings
  • songs for home movies/videos


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Examples and Testimonials

"Let's Race"

"Dave took my words and crafted them into a wonderful song about my grandkids.  Fantastic music that exceeded my expectations.  We love it!  The final song was 5 minutes long and fully produced -very impressive.  Working with Dave was a blast."  John Fesler, Myrtle Beach, SC

"Mission Maybe"

"To say the song was a “huge success” is an understatement. I was totally blown away, not only by the sentiment of Larry doing this, but also by the quality of the song. I loved the interplay of the instruments and the catchy tune and, of course, your singing voice which I have always admired.  My friends were also totally in awe. I did wonder if you thought we were nuts with our silly screen names and words and expressions that you very cleverly wove into the song. I have listened to it at least 20 times, and haven’t actually made it through yet without both giggling at some of the words and a tear in my eye or lump in my throat at the end. This was by far the best gift I have ever received, and I will treasure it forever. Thanks again for helping make this milestone birthday of mine incredibly special." - Sue

"Ghosts of Winter"

Written by Dirk S. (Bad Driburg, Germany) and Dave Nachmanoff.

"Dave Nachmanoff did a custom song for me, "Ghosts Of Winter", and I shall not challenge his customs decision. Ain't no reason for that. I did pay the price, but I will not count the cost. A phrase which - by the way - is as candid as it was borrowed from "Rush". I had the vague conception of a seasonal wraith appearance, but what he raised is nuffin' but the whole menagerie of midwinter animi. Artic Circle at the least. Cast in music. He simply nailed it.

So one may not exactly be pushing too hard to claim that Ph.D. Dave is the real "Man For All Seasons", though other leading contemporary philosopher, Alastair Ian Stewart, might have had someone else in mind. Having promulgated his treaty. Anno Domini MCMLXXVIII. But this is 2014 and I'm on the verge of handing down another set of lyrics to Dave, for I have catched the scent of custom songwriting and now I want more. In 2030 we'll have a full album, I suppose... Thank you, Mr. Nachmanoff, and long may you ramble!!!"

"Mother Marcena"

"Truly, if you have someone in your life for whom you need an extraordinary gift, this is the thing to do. Dave will write the whole song, or will collaborate with you, or will take your lyrics and put them to music, or take your music and add lyrics -- whatever you need to honor that special person. I met Dave when I hired him to write a song for my mother. The bi-coastal effort between him and me (and my eight siblings) resulted in a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman -- a tribute that will be in our family for generations to come. Mom's great-great grandchildren, and THEIR children, will know her through this song. The song was a labor of love and an enormous blessing. Seriously, do this." - Liz Bligan

"The Old Stone Heap Is The Link"

 In 2012, friends of William Buckley Briggs contacted Dave to ask him if he'd write a song to honor him. Here's what one of the friends, Christian, had to say: "I know Buck and Bob have called but I also wanted to let you know that Saturday (the unveiling of the song to Buck) was tremendous. The look on Buck's face was one of pure astonishment and he was just speechless (which is rare). He didn't even know you could do such a thing as make a custom song. So that alone was a shocker. But he just keep telling us how humbling and amazing it was. You definitely captured the essence of our friend and his historic house and made for one great memory that we can continue to re-live every time we play the song."

"Here on this Path"

An example of how Dave Nachmanoff's custom songs can be a collaboration (a poem written by Bob, modified just a bit and set to music). From Bob, to Heidi. Bob says: "She was literally crying tears of joy once she realized what it was. Bringing her joy with the song was exactly what I set out to do. So it could not have been a greater success. We both love it! Thank you again for creating a beautiful piece of music."

"I Keep You Guessing"

This song was written with a friend in eastern Canada, Dan W.  Dan and his wife have several cats, and for her birthday, Dan thought it would be fun to write her a song about the cats.  It turned into a song from the point of view of one of their cats.




Since he plays guitar, Dan sent some chord changes he’d recorded and a draft lyric.  I wrote a melody and added a chorus section, then we used “SKYPE” to rewrite the verses and create a final version of the song.  Somehow the production wound up being kind of retro 80s!  Here’s what Dan had to say about the experience:

“Donna loves your work so I can't overstate how surprised and thrilled she was to get a custom song for her birthday. I had a blast working with you to take a concept all the way to a final product.  Using Skype really made the creative process feel collaborative - there is no amount of emailing that can replace a conversation.  Thank you for your attention to detail and commitment to make sure that I was completely satisfied with the final recording.  For all the cat lovers, remember that dogs have owners, cats have staff!”

Check out a special appearance by Mr. Panks at the end of the song.

Additional Examples


written for Taylor's birthday


A song commissioned by a new friend, for our mutual dear friends Ben and Natalie.

"Andy, You're My Everything"

for Andy, from Lisa


"Simple Daily Love"   (for Vered and Avi. Avi wrote the lyrics; I wrote the music).

"Nelson's Frigates of the Line"

Ray Butler wrote this, but his good friend Alan arranged for me to produce and record it. It was delivered to Ray on Christmas, 2007 as a surprise!

 "Built with Love"

"Thirty Years"

Co-written with Scott Wilcox.   A thirtieth anniversary song written with lyrics by a husband for his wife.

"Second Chance"

"Starting Over"


This couple (Paul and JoAnn) spoke to me after a show in 2012 and told me their moving story (which I won't re-tell here as it's in the song). A few weeks later they asked me to compose this song for their wedding. I was wrestling with how to convey both points of view and realized that it might work best as a duet. The woman's part is sung by talented Bay Area singer, Celia Ramsay ( The groom (Paul) put together this great collection of pictures from the wedding to go with the song. Enjoy!

"Million Times"

written by Dave Nachmanoff and Paul Gallegos

Additional Testimonials:

Thomas Müthel (Germany):

"Some years ago I saw a concert from Al Stewart and met Dave after the show. I added my name to his list for E-Mail-News. One day, I read that Dave writes custom songs.  In March 2009 I thought about a gift for my girlfriend’s birthday. It should be really unique and a one-off. I had the idea to ask Dave for details for a custom song and I had to confess I was surprised about the price – I expected double the price.  I sent my own particular ideas to Dave my E-Mail. I didn’t want just a “simple lovesong”, but a song about the crazy coming together of my girlfriend and me. I quickly felt that Dave would treat all information entrusted to him with the strictest confidence. I was astonished to how Dave placed himself directly into the story and how he translated this idea into the music and lyrics. It became a song which was better than I’ve ever expected. My girlfriend was  speechless as she got the song on her birthday. We both were happy about the greetings Dave sent by E-Mail that day.  For the CD cover design I sent Dave pictures and my ideas by E-Mail. Some days later I had the CD in my hands. As desired, Dave had signed the CD and included all documents he had produced (lyrics, notes, etc) with the shipment. The complete action took seven weeks – form March, 5th to April, 25th. It was the perfect gift for my girlfriend and I gained some insight into the development of a song."