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Drums of Peace (an original song by Finley) …

April 21, 2018

In 2017, I challenged all my singers to write a song.  It was a successful challenge and my singers and I ended up with some great little ditties.

During the songwriting process, I asked my singers to find a topic they wanted to write about.  Finley and I discussed how powerful music is in bringing people together from all walks of life and how terrific it would be if, instead of fighting, people played music together.  The outcome would be AMAZING!

We both know this is an unrealistic ideal but music does bring diversities together.  It rarely divides.  I see this every time I look at my audience during my recitals.  Religion, nationality, money, politics, they all go out the window and we are united by music.

Finley worked hard on her lyrics to get this message across and I think she ended up with is pretty cool tune …

 

 

Pinball Wizard …

March 29, 2018

In 2016, JFSS singer Miss Simone recorded Pinball Wizard for the Swinging Sixties school album.  It was a HUGE favorite with the other singers and so I decided to do a little photo shoot and put her lovely photos to her recording.  Here she is Miss Simone singing The Who’s Pinball Wizard …

I’m Gonna Get In Trouble! …

March 28, 2018

JFSS singer Miss Clara wrote a ditty in GarageBand!  We wrote our own melody, lyrics and wrote chords using GB pads and “borrowed” some GB drum beat loops.  We titled our song I’m Gonna Get In Trouble!  Clara and I thought it would be fun to create a video and so she asked Miss Amelia to duet on the song with her and be part of her fun little video …

The Beatles love songs recordings 2017 …

February 23, 2018

One of the very first albums I remember listening to as a child was a Beatles Love Songs compilation album.  I listened to this album over and over and of course, I fell in love.  Pretty melodies, beautiful harmonies and interesting chord progressions took me on a journey of emotions like no other band I’ve listened to since.

My love for The Beatles was made even stronger with my father playing their tunes on guitar and accompanying me all throughout my childhood.  I will always associate Every, There & Everywhere with my father.  What a lovely memory to have!

I’ve been creating albums with my singers for over 8 years now and I’ve managed, on purpose, to put off including any Beatles tunes for the simple reason that they deserved their very own tribute.

So here they are, the JFSS singers singing Beatles Love Songs …

The live set list included …

Words Of Love / Michelle / Blackbird / I Need You / In My Life / I’ll Be Back / She’s Leaving Home / Girl / If I Fell / Please Please Me / I Will / Yes It Is / Yesterday / Here, There & Everywhere / Every Little Thing / While My Guitar Gently Weeps / Jealous Guy / Hey Jude / You’re Gonna Lose That Girl

 

Lullabies and sweet dreams (including setlist) …

February 22, 2018

In 2012 my singers recorded lullabies or songs that were sweet and gentle for a Sweet Dreams album …

I’m very happy to report that more than half of these singers are still with me!!  and ALL singers are leading lovely happy lives.

The Set list included …

1. I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables)

2. Hio de la Luna (José María Cano)

3. Forgotten Dreams (Leroy Anderson)

4. Scarborough Fair (Traditional English song)

5. Time To Say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli)

6. The Prayer (Josh Groban)

7. The Ash Grove (Traditional Welsh song)

8. I Have A Dream (Abba)

9. Music Of the Night (Phantom of the Opera)

10. The Voice (Riverdance)

11. Greensleeves (Traditional English song)

12. Somewhere Out There (An American Tale)

13. The Rose (Bette Midler)

14. Rain (Vivaldi)

15. When You Wish Upon A Star (Disney)

Ession performs Christmas Day …

December 14, 2017

Hey all … my band Ession wrote a Christmas tune named Christmas Day.  Here we are performing live in 2016 … (available on iTunes) …

JFSS singers Katie & Jessica perform Never Grow Up …

December 11, 2017

JFSS singers Katie and Jessica auditioned and were selected to perform at their 2017 elementary school graduation. They sang Taylor Swift’s Never Grow Up. Well done girls!! …

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