Well I finally finished Sweet Dreams!….I started to write this music about a year ago and then left it standing for a while (got side tracked with silks and such!)
But then, recently, I decided to buckle down and finish…and I am very pleased with the results!
Sweet Dreams is a set of lovely instrumental lullabies that are very relaxing and have childhood musical themes. My hope is that this music will benefit children, help them relax from daily stressors and to go to sleep with a sense of well being and safety.
Here is the song “Sweet Dreams” from my album…hope you enjoy it… also, when you go to the home page, you can listen to the song “Love Shines Upon You” which is also from this album.
Here is a lovely video – made by the Rehoboth Art League and the First State Community Action Agency. I am very grateful honored that they chose to use one of my songs and to be part of such an amazing project for children.
“And no one will ever come between usIf you’re the sun, then baby I’m your VenueThis is your lul-lul-lul-lul-lul-lul-lul-lulla-bye.” – Tynisha Keli
Recently, I have been fortunate to meet up with some very dynamic and creative women and a group was formed, called the Goddess Project. A few weeks ago, we sat down together and shared about the goddess Venus….and what she means to us.
I shared a lullaby that I wrote which I called …”Venus’s lullaby”… because I see Venus as loving, maternal and life giving….qualites that I believe all women possess…. here is a short clip….
“I can hear you and I can watch your mouth move, and then I put together the sounds and the visual image, and I can understand the words as I integrate the two signals.” Marlee Matlin
I was resting one morning and suddenly became acutely aware of all the sounds around me…I heard a lawn mower, cars drive by, the ceiling fan, a dog barking…. and I decided to write a song about sounds for kids.
So, I wrote a song called “Sounds” from my “Color Wheel” album that I would like to share with you. This song is interactive and appropriate for toddlers. Hope you enjoy it!
“Each song has its own secret that’s different from another song, and each has its own life. Sometimes it has to be teased out, whereas other times it might come fast. There are no laws about songwriting or producing.” – Mark Knopfler
I decided to write a song in which I could include my students…
So, I wrote a song called “I’m Gonna Write A Song” from my “Color Wheel” album. The song has piano and vocal solos and features some very talents students of mine…I am very proud of my students and I am thrilled to be able to show them off!
“Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of ‘you’ to the world.” – anonymous
Birthdays are a very special day to me… that is why I try to acknowledge other people on their birthdays as much as I can. I know that when I was little, I wanted my special day…when I would be the star…and get lots of presents…. I think that all children need to feel special and celebrated.
I wrote a song called, “Hey Hey My Birthday” from my “Color Wheel” album….this song is my rendition of what I considered to be the ‘perfect’ birthday party as a child….
“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” – Emily Post
I agree with this quote…. in my opinion, it is extremely important to teach children to be kind and considerate and to be aware of others’ feelings-it is not about the fork or putting elbows on the table, etc….
Bullying is such a huge issue in our schools….and I am so glad that the movie “Bully” just came out … bullying needs to be continually addressed! Maybe if we continue to teach kids early on the importance of treating others well, we can help to decrease the bullying problem….
Here is a song I wrote called “Good Manners” from my “Color Wheel” album…my contribution towards teaching kids to be more kind and considerate people…..
“It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it.” – Robert Brault
Sometimes I wish there was a parenting handbook….then I would know exactly what to do when my daughter is having a bad day! There was a time when I thought I had to protect my daughter from all pain and all harm….but I have learned over the years that I have to step back and allow her to work things out by herself…and ultimately, I respect her decisions…
Sometimes it is painful for me to watch my daughter when she struggles, as many teenagers do… I think it brings back memories of my own struggles at that age….
One day my daughter was having a hard time and I could see the stress in her face… I wanted to step in and make it better, but I knew better….instead, I wrote a song about it, which helped me feel better.
The song is called “I Stand By” from my “Prayers” album. I would like to share this song with you…
Hope you can come to two very exciting upcoming events in which I will be presenting and performing some of my new music!!
The Central Florida Composers Forum presents "Celebrating Women Who Compose", a concert featuring local female composers and their works. We've chosen to hold this concert in March since President Obama deemed March "Women's History Month" and March 8th is International Women's Day. Please join us to celebrate these talented women and their contributions to music!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:30-8:30 P.M.
Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts
1905 Kentucky Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:30-8:30 P.M.
Christ Unity Church
771 West Holden Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32839