What a journey it has been to making a dream come true. Sometimes you can wish upon a star and that's all it takes. But sometimes you have to work quite hard, step by careful step, keeping that star in your sights.
That is what the path has felt like in writing and recording "Curious Songs for Curious Kids," my new collection of original songs and story-songs, which is coming out this week! The CD and songbook can be used as a set, or purchased separately. The songbook is for those who like to have lyric sheets, chords, and sheet music. The set is a great encouragement for young readers to become more fluent, and for older readers to also learn how to read music! I have provided chords and fret charts so that anyone, adult or child, can pick up a guitar and begin to strum along. The music in the songbook has a clear melody line, but those who would like the music in two-part harmony can contact me via this website.
Throughout my lifetime songs have been my way of making sense of the world, and of sharing meaningful experiences. During my 30 years in the classroom I often wrote a song to teach a concept, or help us talk through a difficult challenge. Over the years these songs became part of the school culture. I was frequently asked if I had a recording or if the music written down so that families could sing them at home. Alas, I had never learned how to write out the music, and I didn't have the time to make a proper recording.
So, as one of my first projects in retirement, I have spent the long winter months learning how to write music! The songs which have been in me can finally go out into the world and be shared. Then, as I focused my attention on recording the tried and true favorites (Grandmother Tree, All Kinds of Families, Freeway the High-Flying Pig) new songs jumped into my consciousness wanting to be included. So even for my old fans there will be some surprises, like "The Squashmuck!"
These songs include messages of inclusion, celebrating diversity, loving our planet and each other, speaking up, loving and loss of a pet, family adventure, and more. On many of the songs the Happy Valley Children's Chorus and even my grandchildren join in on the choruses.
This has truly been a dream come true to create a CD and songbook of original music. So spread the good news. I intend to keep it affordable, and want to get them out there to friends of children, families, grandparents, teachers, and song-leaders of all stripes. So I am asking $10/CD. At the end of the week I will be able to determine the cost of the songbooks, I will let you know the songbook/CD cost too.
Here is a preview of the CD: