Don’t we all long to follow our dreams and make them come true? That’s what I was thinking about when I wrote this song for my kids. Follow your dreams, work hard, be persistent and even when you fall…get back up and something wonderful will happen! You will learn to FLY….
So here it is…. my new single- FLY. Now for you die hard jazzers…this is a more adult contemporary ballad. It was recorded with my jazz trio and a group of high school teens I brought into the studio with me from my daughter’s high school show choir. I’m embedding the video below so you can see the process…kids, gathering, rehearsing, recording. We had a great time and we are selling these downloads to help raise money for their show choir competition trip in May. I hope you enjoy the song and if you like it, please purchase this single for 99cents and PLEASE SHARE with your friends and social media pages. Together we can make an impact on the next musical generation! BUY the song – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fly/id619579017
March…in like a lion and out like a lamb! As my teens would say, “True Story!” This week’s snow that blasted across most of the country would qualify. It is cold but green here in Tennessee. The daffodils are blooming and the world is starting to drop hints of Spring and all things new! Speaking of new…..
Most of you know that I am a mom. I know it has never been fashionable to talk about motherhood in business….until this century. However, I AM a mom of 2 teens and have been married 25 years to a wonderful man. I LOVE those aspects of who I am and my music is starting to reflect that! I spend time with my family, my kid’s friends and try to be involved in what they are doing as much as I can.
Recently, I invited a group of teens from my daughter’s high school show choir into the studio with me to record on one of my new songs! In the next 2 weeks you will hear more about our experience and what we are trying to accomplish together! I will tell you however, I wanted to help them achieve some of their goals and they were all such fun to work with that I was the one who was blessed!! So stay tuned….for NEW MUSIC and lots of stories!!! In the meantime….take a minute to encourage a teenager near you. It means the world to them!
Happy valentine’s week!!!
I’m a little behind on blogging but with good reason.
The Cunningham household has been a tad busy with my teen’s school musicals, especially since one of my teens is a SENIOR! (insert tear here) However…. February would NOT be February without a little Chocolate, yes? So I’m reposting my 1 minute interview about making Chocolate Fondue, just in time for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Trust me, this is a quick, easy recipe and so fun! Kids and adults alike LOVE this and you can pair it with your favorite fruits and cake. ( Saralee frozen LB cake -easy peezy!) I know…high calorie but this is a special occasion… You are celebrating with the ones you love!
If you make it…comment below. I’d love to hear how you served it and what everyone thought of your culinary excellence! ENJOY!
(This serves 3-4)
1 Cup semi sweet chocolate ( morsels are fine. If Chocolate is in a lg block, chop or grate first)
1/2 c heavy cream
assorted fruits cut into bite sized pieces,
assorted shortbread cookies
angel food or pound cake- cur into bite sized chunks
skewers or forks to dip or my preference is to ladel spponfuls of the fondue onto dessert plates and then guests can dip their fruit separately! No double dipping issues!
Heat cream on low to med heat until very warm but NOT boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate until it is smooth and glossy. Serve with assorted fruits and cake. Enjoy!
Here is an interview where I talk you through the Chocolate Fondue recipe in less than a minute! The One minute How To with George Smithe. Enjoy this short interview and let me know how you LOVE the recipe!
As the new year begins I know we are all getting back into the swing of routine…even as I sit here looking at my tree…uh..yes..my Christmas tree is still up! After I send this email, I will be packing all the ornaments back into the boxes and putting them away for another year! My tree’s ornaments are diverse…some are from my childhood, some were made by my children,some were given to us by friends and still many are momentos we picked up from our travels through the years.) Long ago my husband and I decided that we would buy an ornament from each place we traveled as a reminder of our time there instead of a trinket. (We’ve been married for 25 years! so we have lots!) So… I love my tree and It is filled to the brim with memories!!!! However, as much as I enjoy reliving so many of those moments, at some point it has to be put away so I can get my household back in order…. or at least the living room!!!
Just like the tree…sometimes we can linger over past memories, even good ones for a wee bit too long. There comes a time when we need to put it away for a season in order to move forward into the next season of our lives. No matter where you have been in 2012…good place, hard place or in between….great job or job loss….I am praying for each of us to step into the New Year with hearts hopeful and expectant that “the best is yet to come…and won’t it be grand ” -to borrow a phrase from an old jazz standard!
May you and your family be blessed! I look forward to seeing you in 2013!!
All my love,
Summer was SO busy with my family! If you have kids ..you get it! This year was even busier. Besides summer fun, cousin camp at my house and neighborhood BBQ’s , we added college hunting and visiting to the mix! WHEW! I had no idea…
The highlight of our summer was an unexpected visit from my NEW friend, FLAT PARKER! Flat Parker is traveling to 50 states in 365 days on behalf of the REAL Parker, who is a 5 year old boy from Michigan who has Leukemia. He is in the midst of a 3 year treatment to save his life. While he is at home and cannot go anywhere, Flat Parker travels FOR him. Flat Parker then uploads his adventures, via pics to Face book so the real Parker can have something to take his mind of all the needles and tests and chemo etc. The timing was right for FP to come with me into the studio and we had lots of fun! When I was first asked to take Flat Parker I thought I may not have time to give the project my full attention. We had a busy week in the studio planned and I was also on my way out of town to celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday. Never-the -less it was something I really wanted to do for Parker and his family. Even though I had a moment of hesitation as I was looking at the business of my life, I quickly moved from hesitant to yes and I’m so glad I did! My whole family had the privilege to participate and honestly, it has been one of the highlights of our summer! When we said Goodbye to Flat Parker even my kids and husband felt that emotional tug as we sent him on to his next secret location. Spontaneity has always been difficult for this planner girl !! However, I’m learning that sometimes the best things in our life come from the unexpected!
To see pics and learn more about this worthy cause and follow FP ‘s travels around the country, please go to their FB page and like http://www.facebook.com/FlatParker
I hope you are enjoying the kinder, warmer weather, wherever you live. Thanks for stopping by my site. Please browse the photos and blogs, listen to music and be sure to sign up for my mailing list to get your FREE SONG downloads! After you listen feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear from you!
In the meantime….breathe in as many sunsets as you can with those you love!
All my best….
I was interviewed for The One minute How To with George Smithe. Enjoy this short interview and let me know how you LOVE the recipe!
Times are certainly changing in the music industry. Things are changing in EVERY industry, really. What we do and how we respond to those changes are what is significant. For the independent artist, there has never been a better time to be “Indie.” The Internet has made the marketplace global, even for the budding entrepreneur. I’ll never forget the first time I sold a CD in Japan or Hungary. I’ve never been to those countries, yet, their music community has found me thanks to the Internet and great on-line CD stores like CDBaby. That is one of the many places my first CD, The Rest of Your Life, is currently sold. We no longer drive to the mall or local record shop. We press a button on our computer and instantaneously we have the music in our hands…well …ears! The biggest hurdle for the independent artist is national exposure that the major labels do so well. However, the Internet IS our international audience now and there is so much opportunity to spread the word about your brand of music, via social networks, on-line radio stations, magazines and music streaming. The list goes on and on. As an indie artist, I’ve been in National print magazines like MORE and have been in my first movie (SWAY the movie) as myself- a Nashville Jazz Recording Artist. Recently, I became a spokesperson for Darci by DiCaprio cosmetics. The Internet was invaluable as my connecting point in all of those. Not to mention, I stay busy with my jazz quartet performing at corporate, private and charity events! There is so much opportunity out there. It just takes work and consistency but after all, this is my job! :)
This interview on Blog Talk Radio was a great chance to celebrate some successes! It was recorded April 17, 2010.
Don’t be alarmed when you don’t hear my voice right away – my portion of the interview begins 8 minutes into the audio recording.