The Ratzlow: 'Mellow' Dave Ratzlow writes and records what he calls "silly love songs" under the name "The Ratzlow." His love for the keyboard is fused with upbeat, off-kilter lyrics. Many of the songs on The Ratzlow's album are simple and sweet, while exploring the world of dating or having a crush.
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The Ratzlow: 'Mellow'

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New York's The Ratzlow is songwriter Dave Ratzlow. He's spent a lifetime cultivating a love for music of all kinds and writing what he calls "silly love songs." His recent album, appropriately titled Silly Love Songs, is a collection of works Ratzlow has been accumulating for years.

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At a young age, Ratzlow knew he wanted to learn the piano when he heard the stories of composer Franz Liszt and the women who would faint during his recitals. Eventually, his mother bought him an upright piano, but Ratzlow was "more interested in writing love songs to pretty girls, so (he) never advanced beyond a certain level."

After attending film school at New York University, Ratzlow set out to "marry his love of music and film," by producing short films that never really took off. Eventually, Ratzlow settled into a "boring yet lucrative job offer," while longing for a different life. When 9/11 struck, Ratzlow said he was shaken from his "comfortably numb state" and re-kindled his love affair with silly love songs. The result was this album.

The featured track on Silly Love Songs is "Mellow."