Michael Paul Lund will present a multimedia presentation titled American Popular Song: Its Composers, Its Lyricists, Its Singers on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. in the Reading Room of Camden Public Library, 55 Main St./Route 1. Lund is the founder of Serendipity Records and has delivered illustrated music talks all over the United States at schools, historical societies and especially on radio broadcasts.

The program at the library will feature the songs and performances of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Sinatra, the Hi-Los, Ella Fitzgerald and many more.

Lund regularly writes music criticism for major record companies and now makes his home in Lincolnville. He frequently presents musical programs at the library, including a harp concert in 2008 and a talk on Paul Robeson last year. The American Popular Song presentation, which will include time for questions and answers, will offer 17 musical selections.

“I shall be reading the great lyrics, like poetry, by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and others before I play any music — makes the appreciation factor so much greater,” he said.

One of songs is “Lonely Is Love,” which Lund wrote and recorded a demo for. He and writing partner Richard Lane wrote quite a few songs for various recording artists. It is the custom, when possible, that writers make a demo of these new songs for prospective artists who in turn take a listen and consider recording. Lund made a demo of “Lonely Is Love” for the great Shirley Bassey, her manager and musical director at the time.

Lund said he recorded it in New York City at the famous Nola Penthouse Studios on West 57th Street. Members of the band ensemble were all former alumni of the old Johnny Carson “Tonight Show” and included Billy La Vavorgna (Liza Minelli’s drummer), pianist Derek Smith (Benny Goodman sideman and famous studio session man) and drummer Joe Beck, who recorded with Miles Davis and Paul Simon.

“The demo came out really great! Anyway, I then took that demo and the sheet music, along with other songs, and went to England to pitch it to Bassey’s as well as Olivia Newton John’s management team(s). Olivia’s song was called ‘Always You and Me,’ a really nice love song. Both representatives loved the songs presented. However an actual record never came out by them. Something however may be in the vaults and un-released,” he said.

Lund added that other not-so-famous singers have performed “Lonely Is Love” in concert and such, as well as other tunes Lane and he wrote. These include “The Peace of God,” a published gospel piece for which Lund wrote the words and Lane the music.

The presentation runs 90 minutes and includes a 15-minute intermission. Lund will have some recordings for sale at the library. The program is free. For more information, call Camden Public Library at 236-3440.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.