Well over 1000 videos of 626 people, as well as several dogs, cats, cows, and a turtle joining together to sing "We Are Love!"
That is what I've been watching for the past week since the submission deadline for our collaborative video project came to a close.
What a moving experience to see and hear people from all over the world singing from their heart that "We Are One" and "We Are Love." This project is furthering my own personal and spiritual growth in a way that I did not expect. I knew this project would resonate, but the outpouring of love and energy from the participants leaves me feeling deeply humbled. My heart is brimming with love and gratitude and watching these beautiful videos has many time brought me to tears. People are beautiful. People are love. We all share an amazing connection as humanity. I knew this at the start of the project, but the project itself is breaking my heart open to this reality in a way so much deeper than I knew and in a way that I didn't fully comprehend when we set out on this adventure.
There are many more videos coming! Many have requested a little more time to create there videos and I'm expecting a whole lot more before December 5th.
Filled to the brim with gratitude. That's how I will enter my Thanksgiving week.
Thank you all so very much for your beautiful submissions and for confirming to me how deeply you love. I'll continue to keep you posted on the progress of our collaborative video and am so excited to have the opportunity to produce what I know will be an unforgettable project, because of you.
Thank you so very much for your beautiful submissions to our collaborative video project We Are Love!
I'm reviewing all your submissions and trying to get back to the many emails and messages with questions about the project.
This may take me a little time, so please be patient.
There are several hundred submissions that have come in for the project. I'm still counting them, so not sure about the total number at this time. Just very grateful for all your collaboration and a little overwhelmed, but in a good way.
It will be a challenge to figure out how to include as much as I can of the hours of beautiful videos that have come in for the project into one song. But, this is a challenge I'm blessed to have.
I promise to get back to each and every one of you with a personal message once I've reviewed your video submission.
The submission window is now officially closed; however, I am still accepting a few submissions in the next few weeks in special cases. If you have a burning desire to be part of this and did not get the chance during the submission window, you may contact me and we'll see what we can do.
With much love and gratitude,
I really enjoyed chatting with author and radio host Ron Shaw on his show through the Artist First Radio Network earlier this month! You can listen to our interview right here. We talk about my new project creating a collaborative video We Are Love as well as lots of other fun topics. Thanks so much for listening!
I sure enjoyed my interview with Producer and Radio Host, Cindy Paulos!
Please listen to our chat! We talk about a special CD project I was part of produced by Cindy and some other amazing folks called Angel Blessings, as well as my new video project We Are Love. This is a creation that is in progress through the collaboration of people across the world. Everyone is invited to be part of this! Let's create something beautiful together that expresses our love and global connection through humanity. Submissions are open to everyone. You do not have to be a professional singer or musician to participate.Deadline to Submit: November 14, 2014 .50% of any proceeds from the We Are Love song and video will benefit Little Kids Rock!
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What a fun time it was visiting a Little Kids Rock program in San Francisco last Friday!
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that seeks to build a world where kids can live rich, purposeful lives, and won’t rest until all children have the opportunity to unlock their inner-music makers. The organization partners with economically disadvantaged public school districts to train their teachers to run innovative Modern Band music programs. This includes donating all of the instruments, curricula and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs rooted in popular music, with a heavy emphasis on improvisation and composition. To date they have served more than 300,000 students in 13 states.
Here is what I discovered on my visit to a Little Kids Rock program that really impressed me.
1. The kids get a music lesson every day through this program! As a former music educator, and a classically trained pianist, I understand the value of daily lessons. When kids are first learning it is difficult for their parents to support them in practice sessions, unless they are also musicians themselves. The opportunity for daily lessons gives the kids a chance to grow their instrument skills quickly and effectively.
2. The program teaches the kids to play music quickly with their "Modern Band" program. This method is quite different than traditional classical teaching, and I believe in it. The kids learn to play chords on guitar and keyboard which gets them playing actual songs in a hurry. Nothing is more gratifying in learning an instrument then to actually make real music! Traditional methods take a long time to build up the skills to play a real song. This is something I talk about in my book and piano teaching method, Born Virtuosos. I see similarities in the teaching of Suzuki, which also develops instrument competence in the students before note reading.
3. The kids get to play the music they choose! So inspiring! They are playing songs that they love, arranged by their teacher. The FUN in the room was palpable!
4. The teacher! Oh my goodness, Lauren Schwartz is just amazing with these kids. She holds a masters in Music Therapy, and that training is put to great use. The connection and trust between teacher and students was quite evident. These kids, and the program as a whole, are so lucky to have her.
5. These kids are just beginners, and they are really learning! I spent the whole day at the program, and I'm guessing I interacted with 100 kids from the program. Going around and observing them, it was amazing to me how much they are picking up. It will be fun to return for their performance to see how much they have grown.
6. All of this is made possible by generous donations and the hard work of the teachers and those who run the program, such as West Coast Director Nate Anderson who hosted my visit. Nate's energy and enthusiasm shine! While I was there, one of the kids asked if Nate is a rock star. The answer is... YES!! Because of his efforts, and those of all the other generous people who make up Little Kids Rock staff, there are thousands of kids making music, who probably wouldn't otherwise have that opportunity. That brings me so much gratitude that it brings tears to my eyes as I write this!
Little Kids Rock kids created some great videos for the project on Friday. These kids are beyond awesome! I can hardly wait to see more of them soon.