Lunch at the Hudson Public Library
Welcome to our new music kids love blog. We’re so glad you stopped by for a visit. Our aim is to chronicle our lives as fulltime children’s musicians, recording artists, and educators. If you’re so inclined, please sign up to get our new blog posts in your inbox. That way you can stay in touch, interact with us, and stay connected to our little piece of the online world.
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Thirty-nine concerts at Massachusetts public libraries this summer. That’s a lot of miles! We started at the Fitchburg Youth Library on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Jerry Johnson, the children’s librarian at the FYL, has been a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of our music for 13 years. We haven’t yet missed a year of performing for her summer library reading programs.
Including FYL, we’ve thus far performed 20 concerts at 19 libraries (the Nantucket Atheneum scheduled us for two back-to-back concerts). And today is July 19. If you do the math, you’ll see that we’ve performed 20 concerts in 24 days. That might explain the photo we’ve included at the top of this post, our first foray into blogging about our work as children’s musicians, recording artists, and educators.
We’re getting very good at packing lunch to go. Mostly leftovers from dinner the night before. In case you’re wondering, the lunch in the picture above consisted of salad topped with quinoa and cold, grilled, marinated tofu. Yum. Light and summery. Quinoa, a grain from South America, packs a powerful punch. And it cooks up in a cinch.
But this blog isn’t about food. If you want to know more about the food I (Ellen) passionately write about, go here. Have fun, explore my recipes, but please come back here to our music kids love blog for a visit.
We are so fortunate to do the work we do. As fulltime musicians, we have been given a wonderful opportunity to share our music with young children and their parents and caregivers and teachers. And in doing so, we get to help people experience the amazing ability that music has to help build community. Now, that’s not just a catch phrase. We really mean it. When people gather together to sing, something amazing happens. We breathe and sing and laugh our way through songs that, even if you’re not acutely aware of it, help us know that we are not alone in this world, that we are part of a bigger picture. And when we all sing the last note, there’s no mistaking it. You can feel it in the air. We are all way closer than we were when we sang our first note 45 minutes earlier. It’s really quite magical.
So, there you go. Again, thanks for visiting. Please leave a comment and let us know how your summer is going. Are you singing? With your kids, your students, by yourself? We hope the answer is a resounding yes. Please know that we send our very best wishes for a fun-filled summer! Hope to see you soon!
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