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Seinfeld theme song creator will bring his expertise to local students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He's the man behind the music of some of television's greatest shows, and he lives in Louisville.

Jonathan Wolff says it only took about an hour to create the theme song for "Seinfeld" -- but he had to make it different from other TV shows.

"A lot of them were silly [as he sings],  'Come on knock on my door'.... those were the parameters," Wolff said. "That was not going to work for Seinfeld because what was already supplied to me.. the organic nature of his human voice was going to work well with the organic nature of my human lips."

He then showed WDRB the sounds that made up the song.

Born and raised in Louisville, this Atherton High School grad has made it big. He's an award-winning composer for 75 prime time TV shows, including Will & Grace, Who's the Boss, Married with Children and Saved by the Bell.

He started playing the piano as a young kid, had several mentors and composed local station jingles as a teen. Wolff said he was good at getting jobs, and you can tell because of his talent.

Awards and newspaper clippings of his achievements are on the walls.

"I got invited to the parties," he said. "I was on the A-list. I just didn't go. I didn't feel like I needed to have my picture in those magazines. I was not big about the awards shows. I did not need more trophies. I was more concerned with continuing to do work."

"Is that why you decided to come back to Louisville -- because that's more you and not Hollywood?" WDRB's Valerie Chinn asked.

"I needed to get away from Hollywood for a number of reasons," Wolff said. "For one, I needed to sleep. Doing that much work on that many deadlines is very stressful, not healthy to do that for too many years."

Ten years after moving back to Louisville, he has a few public speaking events lined up.

He says his message for students is, "I was once a student in Louisville, Kentucky. I was just like you. If you play music, if you are a music student, I have been where you are."

Wolff will be at Indiana University Southeast on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. in Stem Concert Hall in the Ogle Center. It's free and open to the public.

He will also be speaking on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at Bird Recital Hall in the University of Louisville Music Building.

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