I've created and published a children's Christmas book out of a song I wrote, sang and produced called, Oh no, no snow! There is also a music video on YouTube. My book has diverse Santas and comes in a Caucasian cover or an African American cover.
I am a proud Colorado native! Many of the people involved in my projects are Colorado people, too. My book, Oh no, no snow! is printed in, that's right, Colorado! I enjoy long bike rides, time in the pool, laughing at my dogs, and time spent with family and friends.
I don't just listen to music, I devour it. I let the experience touch my soul. I listen to a song repeatedly to hear something new each time such as a background voice, a riff from the bass, a unique beat or an unidentifiable sound. I listen for where the singer took a breath, where I got goosebumps and why. It doesn't matter what genre, if is genuine, it touches the same place in me. When I am listening to music it is a whole-body experience. In my head, I imagine where a note might be placed. My hands float with the melody involuntarily and my eyes close for the heart-wrenching inflections. My soul is free, and my mind is open. While in traffic, I once rear-ended a VW bug hitting a high note with my eyes closed (no one was hurt).
I am a classically trained vocalist, and I believe my talent is a gift, a true blessing. It is to be used in meaningful ways. I've been known to pull over on the highway just to write down a thought or record something on my phone.