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BJ Leiderman: ‘I’m The Luckiest Composer On The Planet’

BJ Leiderman is a composer of a thesis song for Weekend Edition and other public-radio programs.

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BJ Leiderman is a composer of a thesis song for Weekend Edition and other public-radio programs.

Brad Nathanson/Courtesy of a artist

If you’re a unchanging NPR listener, we know BJ Leiderman’s music. Leiderman is a John Williams of open radio: He’s created a thesis song for programs like Morning Edition, Marketplace and, yes, Weekend Edition.

The Man Behind The 'Morning Edition' Theme Music. Also, Lyrics!

Now, a composer has expelled his initial album, BJ, a collection of songs he’s created over a past several decades. The Randall Bramblett Band acts as Leiderman’s subsidy band, and banjo master Béla Fleck is featured on 3 tracks.

“I’m a luckiest composer on a planet,” Leiderman says. “It’s a ideal charge of being in a right place during a right time, with a right garland of chords and a good tune … It all only came together.”

Hear Leiderman’s full review with NPR’s Scott Simon — including a flattering convincing John Lennon sense and a comic story about a glow alarm during NPR domicile — during a audio link.