I have just finished song #7 in the Excellent 11 series. This one is about Enthusiasm. Titled "Take That Laurel Home" it is about developing a deep sense of direction and commitment that will overcome obstacles. Uses the story of the tortoise and the hare as an example. Eventually we will have rough MP3s on the site so you can hear the songs. Now on to #8!
I am working on my Christmas show. It will be comprised of mostly the lesser known songs and carols including "Miss Hoolihan's Christmas Cake" (always a fun one!) I am working on five songs for the harp, so I am hoping that the harp will be worked into the program! I always want to be able to sing with whatever instrument I am playing, so singing with the harp is an interesting challenge.
So far four songs have been written. A sense of adventure, common sense, reflection, and resilience are now covered. Ron Clark's book - "The Excellent 11" is the source of inspiration.
The newest song is "Log Roll", exploring "resilience." This is based on an actual occurence. I watched as several turtles sat on a slowly turning log that was floating in a pond. They adjusted themselves so they didn't fall off, but finally too many turtles got on and the whole thing went over dumping all of them back in.
Big ol' turtle sat on a log
In the middle of a puddle in the middle of a bog.
Soakin' up sun in the early morn,
Shuffles his feet as the lof slowly turns.
Life is good, life is sweet
Sun so warm settin in that tree
Keep your mind on where you wanna be
And let that log roll on!
A group of acoustic musicians (Todd C. Walker, Tomy Wright, Rod Deacy and Doug Alan Wilcox) is creating an umbrella organization for acoustic musicians in and around Frederick County. FAME (Frederic Acoustic Music Enterprise) will be a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing, promoting and preserving original and traditional acoustic music of all genres. Our goals will be
(a) To nurture, promote and preserve original and traditional acoustic music of all genres in Frederick and Frederick County through live music, education and community outreach;
(b) To educate aspiring musicians and the general public about all aspects of original and traditional acoustic music of all genres via workshops, open mikes, showcases and concerts;
(c) To reach out to the community via workshops and concerts, especially through schools and youth organizations and the setting up of mentoring opportunities for young and aspiring acoustic musicians.
We are currently in the process of incorporating. Next step will be seeking 501c3 status.
Website should be up shortly!