Ross Berkal

Biography

Ross Berkal was born and raised in Massachusetts. While a young man he had the unique experience of meeting - and later developing a friendship with - iconic silent film actress and author Louise Brooks. The story of that friendship is chronicled in his book Benevolent Siren: Remembering Louise Brooks. During the 1990’s he relocated to New York City where he established himself as the founder, songwriter, and bassist of the alternative rock project Dahlia, which performed at many of Manhattan’s best known venues including landmark rock club CBGB’s. He presently resides in the metro-Boston area.

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Books

Summer
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Sheet music and song books
An energetic alternative rock song of the seductive lure of summer and the ocean. Piano/vocal arrangement, 11 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=0EBzCWnUrhc.
A Crayon Drawing For Your Refrigerator Door
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 170. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Sheet music and song books
A contemplative alternative rock ballad of the sometimes difficult relationship with one's parents. Piano/vocal arrangement, 6 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=mfGFL09A5Bo.
Where Young Hearts, Barefoot, Tread
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 170. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Sheet music and song books
A brightly-toned, upbeat alternative rock song of the timeless magic of nature. Piano/vocal arrangement, 9 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=MmfPDMa754Y.
MLB (for Louise Brooks)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 170. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Sheet music and song books
A tender alternative rock ballad in recollection of iconic silent film actress and author Louise Brooks. Piano/vocal arrangement, 7 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=DGGzbuhjk-c.
No Dreams Are Wasted (for Bruno Schulz)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Sheet music and song books
A haunting alternative rock ballad in remembrance of visionary Polish author and artist Bruno Schulz, murdered by the Nazis during World War II. Piano/vocal arrangement, 8 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=ZQiZHYXQFtY.
For A Childhood Friend
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 150. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Sheet music and song books
A bittersweet alternative rock ballad of reflection upon one's youth, relationships, and the passage of time. Piano/vocal arrangement, 10 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print).
Visitor
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Screenplays » Horror
On vacation, a man suffers a series of disturbing dreams involving persons in his daily life. When he learns that each has met a violent death, he begins to question the "coincidence" of events. He discovers in horror that an alien entity is reaching into his mind and that he is powerless to stop it – or his dreams. Screenplay for a horror/fantasy short film. (Occasional strong language)
Youthful Places
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
An anthology of fifteen selected poems by the author encapsulating the joys and sorrows of youth. Also includes homages to silent film actress Louise Brooks and martyred Polish author and artist Bruno Schulz.
Benevolent Siren: Remembering Louise Brooks
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,570. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
Louise Brooks endures as one of silent film's most charismatic and contemporary performers. Immortalized in Pandora's Box, she left a disinterested Hollywood to suffer years of hardship until finding a new career as an author. Later in life, an admiring 20-year old managed to pry a chink into the armor of the reclusive actress, establishing a friendship that revealed a hidden, gentler side.
When I Go Home To The Lord
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 170. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A meditative yet powerful Christian song, in lieder style, of return to the Creator and his kingdom. Piano/vocal arrangement, 6 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=eFHvtbe8UNk.
Three As One
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A flowing, steadily-building contemporary Christian popular song of praise to the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Piano/vocal arrangement, 6 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=UjjbaamEjf8.
I Shall Follow You
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A gently resolute contemporary Christian popular song counseling strength in the following of Jesus' path and reminding of the incalculable reward at journey’s end. Piano/vocal arrangement, 5 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=MNklKNaB7_0.
Birth of My Savior
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A triumphant contemporary Christian popular song commemorating the birth of Jesus, and a Christmas song certain to stir listeners. Piano/vocal arrangement, 6 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=EH244JM6ePU.
Child of God
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 170. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A forward-looking contemporary Christian popular song of the transforming rite of Baptism and the awareness of new responsibility that it brings. Piano/vocal arrangement, 7 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Audio recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=zSfDmKJrY4I/zSfDmKJrY4I.
Tomorrow Is Another Day
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A tender contemporary Christian popular song encouraging acceptance of the cross of transience in human lives and relationships, in the knowledge that we will one day be reunited with those whom we love, through the promise of the Resurrection. Piano/vocal arrangement, 5 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=84WTvWdjNkc.
Jesus Christ Is Risen
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A joyous contemporary Christian song for Easter celebrating the miracle of the Resurrection. Piano/vocal arrangement, 8 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=ZDmLfv0rlJo.
Let Jesus In
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A spritely contemporary Christian popular song highlighting the necessity of putting the needs of others before one's own personal ambitions. Piano/vocal arrangement, 7 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=iCGCVdmNyWg.
What Would Jesus Do?
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A reflectful contemporary Christian popular song of compassion, service to others, and - above all - patience. Piano/vocal arrangement, 7 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=Ps1jczETiGA&feature=youtu.be.
Jesus, My Savior, Makes The Clouds Go Away
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 170. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A bright contemporary Christian popular song of faith, optimism and the overcoming of daily challenges. Piano/vocal arrangement, 7 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=hslFKypcuy0.
With This Ring
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A lyrical contemporary Christian wedding song celebrating romance, commitment, and the sacrament of marriage. Piano/vocal arrangement, 8 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=uM128fdrwAA.
Gentle Jesus
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian
A tranquil, sweetly-toned contemporary Christian popular song of praise and recognition of human indebtedness. Piano/vocal arrangement, 6 pages (RTF best for scaling / full size print). Recording available for listening on YouTube, watch?v=rgxyYf4b26M.