Hal Pollock is a lawyer, entrepreneur, author, and lyricist like few others. Infected with the music bug in the Beatles’ trailer at Cleveland Stadium at age 15, Hal began writing song lyrics and developing songs in 1999, only to put it aside until returning full throttle in 2019. Since then Hal has produced a blizzard of wonderful new songs and lyrics. Hal is now finalizing his songbook of songs and lyrics entitled Set the World to Music.
Hal’s recent collaboration with Ukrainian Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Khmara has now spawned many new songs including a proposed Disney song called Fairy Tale. Hal has recently developed a song called Ukrainian Pie, a parody of American Pie. It is a tribute to Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian people recorded in Kyiv, Ukraine. A portion of the proceeds of the song will aid the Ukrainian war effort.
Many of Hal’s songs were inspired by actual events. Daughters and Sons recorded by Sonny Geraci (Time Won’t Let Me/Precious and Few) was inspired by Columbine; Love Will Light The Way by comments of Barbra Streisand at her Timeless Millennium concert in Las Vegas, Nevada; and A World Gone Mad by the events of 9/11, written that same evening. Hal has that rare ability to write with power and impact, to touch a heart as he describes in Saying Goodbye to Sondheim. This website contains an assemblage of Hal’s writings, including his proposed Beatle tribute Forever Yours,, songs of inspiration like the Rocky inspired Rise to the Challenge, love songs like Hal’s I Wish You Love/It’s Only Love medley, and the humorous Billy Joel parody We Didn’t Make You Higher. There are patriotic songs like Hal’s proposed new national anthem For Which We Stand.
Francis Scott Key was also a lawyer.