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Artist Statement:

“Here” is one of the songs in a musical I am developing called “Life Song.” This song zooms in and expands upon a mother’s last words to her children. In the scene, a single mother, after months of fighting stage 4 cancer, has made peace with her fate. She knows that this is something out of her control, and she’s proud of the life that she led, and most importantly, the children that she raised. On her death bed, surrounded by loved ones, she asks for a moment with her children. She then sings “Here,” letting her children know that no matter what, she’ll always be around, watching over them. She doesn’t want them to grieve her death, but rather celebrate her life, singing her “life song.”



About the Artist

Daniel Ruffing is a Senior Arts Management & Entrepreneurship major at Baldwin Wallace University, and his music has had millions of views. His songs “I Want To Be Tall” and “Aries and Virgo” were featured on popular YouTuber Jenna Marbles’ channel. More recently, Daniel’s work has seen immense success on the popular app TikTok. Daniel’s work has been produced on stage twice in concert form at the esteemed Feinstein’s 54/Below in New York City. Daniel was an Honorable Mention in the 34th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, as well as a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition. In February 2020, Daniel produced his first concert, titled “He’s Lost His Marbles.” His musical Life Song was accepted for development in December 2020 at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. To view more of his work click below.