Writer and reporter Neal Learner has had a life-long love for music. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Neal's work draws on many influences, from classical and Broadway to bluegrass and rock. Outside of his day job as a health care writer, Neal teaches violin and voice at the Del Ray School of Music, and cohosts the monthly Great Del Ray Poetry Reading in Alexandria, Va. Neal's recent musical theater work includes Get Me Home, which premiered online in April 2020 by Taphouse Theatre in Forth Worth, Texas. His critically praised sung-through musical "LIFE: A Comic Opera in Three Short Acts," premiered at the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival. Neal also wrote the music for "Soul Redeemer," book by playwright Paul Handy, which premiered at the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. In 2010 he released Would You Like to Be a Mermaid, a CD of songs for and about children. Neal performs his music and poetry throughout the Washington, D.C., area, and lives with his wife in Alexandria.