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The Carthage Press
  • Mount Vernon principal pens tunes in spare time

  • When he’s not riding herd on a school full of tweens just feeling their oats, Bob Senninger sometimes likes to relax by penning what he calls “very sappy music and very sappy love notes.”
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  • When he’s not riding herd on a school full of tweens just feeling their oats, Bob Senninger sometimes likes to relax by penning what he calls “very sappy music and very sappy love notes.”
    The Mount Vernon Middle School Principal is an avid song-writer.
    His first CD, “Love Notes ‑ Together Forever,” was released in 2007 by Harmony One Music Studio. The CD is a collection of “love notes” and “love songs” straight from the heart. “Love Notes - Together Forever” is available at homegrownbookstore.webs.com.
    In 2012, the CD “Pop ‘n Country” produced in Nashville, Tenn. by George McClure and released by JIP Recordings, featured “Until the End of Time,” a song written by Bob.
    The CD is a collection of original pop-flavored songs that will stick in your mind. “Pop ‘n Country” is available on iTunes, jiprecords.com, and cdbaby.com.
    The CD is also available at the Keen Bean, a coffee house in Mount Vernon and other outlets serviced by Home Grown Books, a Mount Vernon-based group that highlights local authors and works to make their books and music available in area outlets.
    Senninger said his music has evolved since he started writing as a kid. He estimates he’s written 50 to 70 songs over the years.
    “The first songs were basically prayers to god or love songs that put Christ in the center of the relationship,” Sennigner said. “Some other songs were about relationships and included Christ in them, but they were not as focused on him as the others.”
    Senninger said he’s been singing for as long as he can remember. He even sang four songs at his own wedding 31 and a half years ago. He sang four songs, two he’d written and two from other musicians.
    Some of his songs are love songs, others are love notes he composes and reads to background music.
    “Some people write lyrics and then write a melody for the lyrics,” Sennigner said. “Others write a melody, then compose the lyrics. I do the music and words together, as I get a melody in my head I’ll write it down and then write the lyrics at the same time.”
    Other people have inspired his music as well. Senninger said he once had a friend who gave him a poem the friend had composed and wanted read at his wedding. Senninger composed a melody for the poem and ended up singing it instead.
    Senninger’s day job is principal at the Mount Vernon Middle School. He’s been in education for nearly three decades, 10 years as an elementary school teacher in Mount Vernon and five years as elementary principal at Miller before returning to Mount Vernon to take over the middle school 14 years ago.

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