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Fun in the Fall too!

Summertime fun shouldn't stop at the end of summer!  In August, Dorothy took her Curious Songs and Stories down the road to South Hadley and the Odyssey Bookshop Family Entertainment program.  Together we sang songs, solved riddles, asked questions, learned facts, and played with a wide selection of puppets and props. We danced, signed, and brainstormed together about why  pigs can't fly, and then sang the true story of one who did! "Freeway the High-Flying Pig" wrapped up the show.

Farmer's Market Musings

Ah the joy of making music with a friend at the Farmer's Market in Amherst.  The open air, the dancing grandchild, the curious toddler, the movers and shakers responded so freely out there in the open.  We were grateful for the canopy but we felt connected to those who were free to move to the melodies and beat. What a way to beat the heat.  These summer days slow us down to hang out together in the center of town. Sniffing homemade goodies, nibbling fresh strawberries or slurping up a yogurt popsicle, families strolled by just drinking in the slower pace.

Mixed Up Seasons, Lots of Fun

It is mid-June, and I slow down to breathe.  My seasons have been somewhat scrambled this year, with preparing the soil, fertilizing, and planting in the winter and seeing the fruit of my labors this spring. 
 
The Happy Valley Children's Chorus held it's "Songs of Hope" concert in May. Kindergartners through 4th graders learned 9 songs, sang solos, and even choreographed a couple songs for their performance.  I plant the seeds, the children add their sunshine, and a beautiful concert of youth and hope emerges.

Curious?

The Curious Giraffe Show: 
For Curious Kids of All Ages

Coming to you soon! This new project grew out of the "Curious Songs for Curious Kids" CD and songbook, published last year.  There is a song where a curious giraffe asks lots of questions.  Whenever I've taught that song the audience comes up with more questions and more verses! This may seem like a show for younger kids, but our cast includes kids from six to twelve years old, so it will have a wider appeal.  The intention of the program is: (1) to bring a kids from a variety of backgrounds together, and (2) to use stories, songs, and interviews to discuss our questions and learn more from each other and local resources.

Second Chances

Well, the best laid plans must be held loosely.  After all of the work and publicity for the Happy Valley Children's Chorus Concert at the beginning of the month we had to postpone it until Sunday, December 21st---that is this coming Sunday at 1:30! (For local friends, it will be held upstairs in the First Congregational Church of Amherst, 165 Main Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.)

My apologies to anyone out there who came and did not find a performance. My beloved father, at age 90 1/2, suffered repeated heart attacks the week of Thanksgiving and I hurried to be with him and my family.

The Next Generation, Pete Seeger Style!

It is almost time for the next Happy Valley Children's Chorus Concert! This session we have 18 kids, ages 5-12, excited to share the Pete Seeger songs they've been learning.  (The photo at the side was last spring's group.) The concert will be held at the:
First Congregational Church of Amherst, 
165 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002.
Dec. 7th, at 1:30 PM

Some of the selections are familiar to the whole wide world, and some are rare finds pulled from Pete's own "Singalong Memoir: Where Have All the Flowers Gone.

The Dance Goes On!

I received this surprise photo yesterday. My granddaughter was dancing to the CD.  When I asked which song, I was told, oh, all of them between "I Sing" and "Freeway, the High-Flying Pig!"  Wow.  When I checked, that was 9 songs worth of listening and dancing!  What a delight to know that not only is she enjoying the collection, but it is getting into her bones and into her movements.

A dream begins in the ethers. It nudges, it calls again and again as life flows past.

Curious Songs for Curious Kids new CD!

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.

I Still Believe!



Today we are happy to announce Helen Fortier's brand new CD of healing, encouraging music called, "I Still Believe."  

In her own words:

   "You know I still believe in goodness, in kindness, in angels, in people, the way it's meant to be..."  

"I am really excited announce my CD  I Still Believe. This solo CD   is hopeful and inspirational, but also about hard times, longings, and looking for the better way to live. The songs are about walking in the light of Spirit through the difficulties that constantly cross our paths, all the while holding a vision together for a peaceful planet.

So-You-Can-Do-It-Too Manual and CD!

     Five years ago the wind of the Spirit blew over the water and a seed was carried to my lap. Over the five years since the healing circle singers started, we have shared a journey of challenges and blessings.  It has been a continual showing up and letting go, letting go and showing up, and witnessing the blessing of simply being there for others.  Others who turn out to be there for you, too.  Others who sing, whether they "can" sing or not!  Others who sound beautiful in the amazing sound that rises, so much more than any one of us could sound like alone!
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