Writer and reporter Neal Learner has had a life-long love for music. A multi-instrumentalist, Neal's songwriting draws on many influences, from classical and Broadway to bluegrass and rock. Outside of his day job, Neal teaches violin and voice at the Del Ray School of Music, and cohosts the monthly Great Del Ray Poetry Reading at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Del Ray (Alexandria, Va.). Neal wrote and produced the highly praised sung-through musical "LIFE: A Comic Opera in Three Short Acts," at the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival, and wrote music and lyrics for the musical "Soul Redeemer," book by playwright Paul Handy, that premiered at the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival. In 2011 he released Would You Like to Be a Mermaid, a CD of music for and about children. Neal performs his music and poetry throughout the Washington, D.C., area, and lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia.