Mardi is especially gifted at songwriting
"for the moment" and can come up with a special,
custom-written song for your special occasion.
The gift is designed to be portable and can be presented
to the special person or couple over a candle-light, intimate dinner,
on a mountain top, reception or wherever. It's your personal choice.
The song can be written as a birthday present, a Christmas present, for Valentine's Day, Secretary's Day, Mother or Father's Day, an anniversary, a reunion, a retreat, a retirement gift from the whole family or as a eulogy. It's just a really nice way to say "I love you."
“King of the Singin’
Cowboys,” Gene Autry’s 88th birthday
“...He is the King of the Singin’
My life-long hero, up on that
His Cowboy Code taught kids to
And to do what’s right for
the American dream...”
"Perfect Partners" written for
Judy and Dwain Wright's 40th Anniversary
"Mardi created a song called “Perfect Partners” for our 40th wedding anniversary. It was such a hit with all the guests and especially our adult children and grandchildren. It captured our feelings, history and wishes for the future. When I think back on the activities of the weekend, it is a blur. The one thing that stands out is the song and the teary eyes as they heard the song for the first time and how grateful they were to be given copies of their own. I would recommend Mardi as a songwriter, business woman and friend any day of the week."
--Judy Wright, Author, Parent, Educator, International Speaker/Trainer, 406-549-9813, Artichoke Press
"Perfect Partners" by Mardi Milligan
"We dated each other for three short months
Before Dwain took me as his bride
Our life hasn't always been easy
With six children it's been quite a ride...the rest of the lyrics
"SHRM'S GOT WHAT WE NEED," written and performed for the 2005 Montana SHRM Convention, held in Great Falls, MT
"I am in HR, I’m a member of SHRM
We meet each month and SHRM helps me to learn
They keep me current with technicalities
‘Cause when we’re looking for answers
SHRM’S GOT WHAT WE NEED... The rest of the lyrics
"MBN" ( to the tune of Jingle Bells) Written especially for the Missoula Businesswomen's Network Christmas party and performed live at the Holiday Inn at the Park as a very fun sing along, Missoula, MT - December 9, 2009.
"MBN - MBN for women on the go
Missoula Businesswomen’s Network helps us all to grow
MBN - MBN This network’s right for me
Women helping women - it’s the perfect place to be
It’s always so much fun - Each year goes by so fast
So many things to do - Committees stay on task
Then there’s a “Flyin’ High” - She gives us so much joy
It times like this I really know I’m glad I’m not a boy"
Non-commercial parody - www.MardiMilligan.com © 2009
"I'm Dreaming of Myself at Goal Weight," (non-commercial Christmas Parody) written and performed for Missoula's Thursday AM Early Bird Weight Watcher meeting
"I'm dreaming of myself at goal weight
Just like the good old days of yor
When my thighs were flawless
I might be bra-less
Before the days of Flex or Core... The rest of the lyrics
a Cristmas gift--contributed by all of the employees at Ronan Telephone Company--as a special tribute to their wonderful employers and owners, Beth and Jay Preston:
"My husband and I were very touched by the song written especiallly for us. The song itself was very pleasing and it was quite an emotional occasion. Thank you, Mardi, for making it so personal and special."
--Elizabeth and Jay Preston, Ronan Telephone Company, Ronan, MT
written for a 45th Wedding Anniversary
“Watercolor landscapes and
fragile porcelain dolls
Grandma’s many talents touched
the hearts of us all
Your love for one another, we’re
so glad it came to be
But Life’s Treasures that I value
Is the love you gave to me..."
“50 Years of Partnership," written for Floyd and Kay Ballard's 50th Wedding Anniversary.
"The words and music you composed especially for us on our 50th Wedding Anniversary "50 Years of Partnership" was the "highlight" of our reception. The guests enjoyed the song and sang along with you on the chorus. Our anniversary was made more memorable because of you.
Janet Stevenson, one of our guests, wrote in our guest book: Fantabulous!
People are still telling us over and over again because of the wonderful time they had at our reception due to the words and music of "50 Years of Paratnership."
Thank you, Mardi, from the bottom of our hearts!"
--Floyd and Kay Ballard, Hardin, MT
“My Rock”, written
as a wife's gift for her husband, who was dying of cancer
“I love your spirit, you handsome
With that little boy inside
Your honesty and strength of heart
Could never, ever be denied..."
"Thank you, Mardi, for the God Box and thank you for sharing your great music....and for coming to our special party. All the tears were a good thing!"
--Rock and Sharon Hastings
King of the Singing Cowboys
He was born in Tioga, Texas
He was the grandson of a preacher
In the year of 1907
The legend of a singin’
cowboy – it began
Young Gene Autry he saved his
Eight dollars bought him his first
The man Will Rogers said keep
Thought radio’d make Gene Autry
singin’ cowboy star
He is the King of the Singin’
My life long hero, up on that
His Cowboy Code taught kids to
And to do what’s right for
the American Dream
This cowboy legend wrote songs
that touched us
Songs filled with love and Yuletide
He sang about Daddy—to good
He’s reached the heart of
most every girl and boy
And when the time comes for life’s
He’ll ride on Champion through
Back in the saddle, his songs
On the winds that whisper through
those pearly gates...
Gene Autry at Miles City Bucking
Horse Sale, 1951
Photo by Frank Meissner
"Thank you so much for your letter of September 26th, and the many kind things you had to say. As you can imagine, your correspondence brought back a lot of memories for me.
Mardi, the song you wrote is beautiful and I will always treasure it. You helped to make my 88th birthday special indeed!
I wish you every success with your musical career and your other endeavors. Most sincerely... "
--Gene Autry, Studio City, California