When I look back at the songs that influenced my life, that inspired me when I was down and that are always there when I need to express an emotion, I realized that Thomas Bahler invariably had a hand in the creation or production of the song. We met at a conference years ago and he helped me pick a song to bring me on stage for my keynote. he just seemed to know who I am via song.
On this episode, Thomas Bahler, who wrote or produced for Michael Jackson, Cher, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Quincy Jones, The Partridge Family, Bobby Sherman, Steve Spielberg and many more, talks about what inspired him, how he learned to ask questions, how his many decades long career took him in directions he never imagined but was open to and what inspires him to continue creating soundtracks for our lives.
Thomas Bähler has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the entertainment industry. He composed music for Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Cher, directors Steven Spielberg and Barry Levinson, magicians Siegfried and Roy, Superbowl Halftime Shows and a number of other high profile stage productions.
As a songwriter he’s written many hits including “She’s Out of My Life” “Living In A House Divided” (Cher) and “Julie Do You Love Me.” (Bobby Sherman) Thomas created vocal arrangements for the landmark charity event “We Are the World,” as well as for Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, and the motion picture version of “The Wiz.”
He served as Music Director for a number of events sponsored by the White House, including “America’s Millennium”, “Points of Light” and President Clinton’s Inaugural Concert. Mr. Bähler has also served as Music Director and arranger for “The Kennedy Center Honors.”
Thomas is the author of two bestselling books, Anything is Possible: A Tale of Æsop and What You Want Wants You (1st ed.)