Tuesday, May 29, 2007

To the Class of 2007

Hello Dear Ones,
I just read the note from Heather on my guestbook and it made me so happy. Heather is a graduating senior in Portland, Maine who participated in one of my songwriting workshops at her elementary school when she was just little. She wrote to tell me what happy memories my music brought her, and that made me feel all mushy and sentimental.
I first began "officially" writing songs with children in 1995, with the first graders in Mrs. Forest's class at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Goffstown, NH. I was a classroom aide then, working on my Masters Degree in Education.
Now those kids in the original "Forest Chorus" are graduating, and so is my own daughter, Emma, who was a first-grader at Bartlett Elementary school across town that year and who had inspired my very first song writing for children when she was just a baby in my arms. And so are all the first graders who attended my concerts and workshops all over New England that year.
So, to Emma, Heather, the Forest Chorus, and all the other children I sang for that year, I have a message:
Don't Ever Let Go of Your Dreams!!!
But....don't just dream...find every way you can to make them come true. I wanted to be a singer since I was a little girl, and even though I haven't wound up to be a famous pop singer, which was my original dream, I have never given up on music. I have pursued every avenue I could to keep on singing and have my music heard, and those avenues took me through rock music, piano lounges, country bands, and finally, to making music with children. I never dreamed back then that I would have the career I have now, but look how blessed I have been, to have been in the lives of all of these children. There is at least one moment during EVERY concert that I close my eyes and say a silent "thank you" to God for allowing me to do this for a living, and for helping me live in a musical world.
Now, here's the part that might make you laugh. In 1967, when I was eight years old, I saw the ORIGINAL Batman movie (the one based on the old TV show). It was a pretty stupid movie, but in it, Batman said something that struck me, even at that young age. I wrote it on my binder cover every year through elementary, jr. high and high school, and it was my senior message in my yearbook. I leave you, class of 2007, with the words of Batman, because I believe that no one has ever expressed this thought so eloquently. Please take it to heart, and make your dreams come true:
"After all, Robin....of what use is a dream, if not a blueprint for courageous action?"
Be courageous, class of 2007!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More radio dates...

Just got the latest schedule from Oldies 103.3....
You can hear me live on the air (or streaming from your computer)
This Friday night, May 18, from 9pm-1am
Saturday, May 19 from 2-7pm
Saturday, June 2 from 9am-1pm
Sunday, June 10 from 3-7pm.

That's all the dates I have scheduled for now.....

Mother's Day

I hope all the Moms who visit my site had a wonderful Mother's Day! And thank you for making my music a part of your childrens' lives. I'm honored and delighted that my songs and my voice accompany you on your car rides, inspire you to dance around the house with your children, and help them get to sleep at night.

I had a lovely Mother's Day and received a very thoughtful present from my family...the Taylor Hicks CD!! This was especially nice since they don't particularly care for his music and they knew if they gave it to me I would blast it nonstop through our home (which I am doing right now!) I loved Taylor's energy and joy during his performances on American Idol and looked forward to seeing him every week when he was on the show. Since I rarely purchase music for myself anymore, I hadn't bought the CD and was hoping to receive it as a gift. I love it! I think he has a great voice and I really like the song choices he made and the arrangements.
Now....if someone would just take me to see him when he's in New Hampshire in August.........

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Catching up

Hi...Sorry I haven't written in a while. I've been very busy planning my summer concerts and there never seems to be a spare minute. Looks like it's going to be a very busy summer! Hope I get to see you!

I want to say "hi" to all the librarians, children and families we met in Pensacola during the last week of April. The concerts were all well attended and we had a terrific time, plus it was great to relax at your beautiful beaches!

I also want to give a big shout out to my New York City fans who came out to see me at my concerts at the Tribeca Family Festival this past weekend. I always have fun there and it was just great to see you dancing in the streets. I was also THRILLED to see Shaun White, "The Flying Tomato" Olympic Snowboarding champion at the festival. He's soooooo cool. And you should see that red hair in the sunshine!

A lot of people have been emailing me asking about my schedule on Oldies 103.3. Because I am only a part-time DJ there, I don't have a regular schedule, but here are the next couple of times I'll be on the air:
Sunday May 13 3-7 PM EST.
Saturday May 19 2-7PM EST
Remember, you can listen online at www.oldies1033.com