Music – Slave To The System Tue, 11 Jan 2022 09:56:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Music – Slave To The System 32 32 Stephen Lawrence, whose music enriched “Sesame Street”, dies at 82 Tue, 11 Jan 2022 09:47:44 +0000

Stephen Lawrence, who provided some sort of soundtrack to countless childhoods as musical director for the album and TV special “Free to Be… You and Me” and as a longtime songwriter for “Sesame Street,” died Dec. 30 at a medical center in Belleville, NJ He was 82 years old.

His wife, Cathy (Merritt) Lawrence, said the cause was multiple organ failure.

Mr. Lawrence had a knack for catchy tunes and songwriting that would appeal to young minds.

“One of the most effective devices, and one of the most important for children, is rehearsal,” he wrote in “How to compose music for children,” an essay on his blog. “Did you write a first line that you like?” Why not repeat it? “