"Papa" Mike Mirabella

Papa Mike is a long time writer-composer known for his children’s songs, “Sister Butterfly,” “I Am So Like You” and “I Used To Be Shy.”

I was—and still am—that wee lad in our story, sitting wide-eyed and half-believing (but never tiring of hearing), those wonder-filled stories told by "salty old jacks."

Mike wrote the text of “On The Luck Of An Irish Sailor” when he was 15 years old, but it wasn’t until 50 years later that Mike was encouraged to develop the story into a children’s book and record the song.

In his early career Mike performed with The Tradesmen and other San Francisco Bay Area folk groups and arranged compositions. In the mid-70s he joined "The California Wind Children" (CWC), a choral group of young singers, co-wrote original music for them. While on national tour with the CWC, Mike co-wrote and directed the show "The Flower, The Flag," which resulted in a recording and a special performance on the White House Lawn in honor of the nation’s Bi-Centennial Celebration. In addition to his music career, Mike is a retired public school teacher, and resides with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.

mermaids, sailors, undersea

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