4 year old learns my "BE A FRIEND Song" on ukulele!

Caption from the video: "Lil Cray was playing chords on his ukulele and said he'd heard them in this order before--and he started singing words from Emily Arrow's "Be A Friend Song!" Did he get the chords right? I don't know, but we made this video to ask."

I received a note from Lil Cray's mom (Rita Crayon Huang) asking if these are the correct chords and this video totally melted my heart!

After busy days of creating content, running around putting cd's in the mail and performing as much as humanly possible at bookstores and online, this is the reason. I just want kids to want to pick up an instrument and strum on their own. THANK YOU, LIL CRAY FOR SHARING!!!

New projects with Cantata Learning: Books + Music, naturally :)

2 new projects with CANTATA LEARNING

(in a 4 book series about the library by Shannon McClintock Miller, illustrated by Kathryn Derst)

Featuring words by Blake Hoena and music by Emily Arrow.

Why is Cantata Learning awesome? Because they connect books and music....just like I do!! These two projects were a total crazy backwards task for me. 

Usual process:
1) I find an awesome book
2) I write lyrics and music about book
3) I make video and share

This project's process:
1) I read author's lyrics
2) I wrote music to go with the lyrics
3) Awesome book is printed + song is released + video is shared ALL ON AUGUST 1, 2017!!!!

HUGE THANK YOU's:

Find A Book Music Video - a huge thank you author Shannon McClintock Miller for connecting all of the dots on this project and suggesting me as the musician for your book project :) A giant, huge thank you to librarians Sarah Rosenberger-Svarda at Central Magnet School (TN) and Elizabeth Shepherd at The Discovery School (TN) and their daughters and students who joined in on the video creating with me! And of course to my fantastic videographer Alex Crawford.

Alphabet Safari Music Video - a huge thank you to my awesome pal Becca and her cutie Gresham for being both videographers and actors for this video ;)

Keep A Poem In Your Pocket this April - Music & Poetry

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? To me, lyrics are poetry so I love celebrating the art of creative writing. Since Poem In Your Pocket Day is coming up on April 27th, here are some ways you can celebrate poetry along with me all month!

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