February 12th, 2015
The life of an artist is an eclectic one. There are times when I’m busy with songs and stories, times when I’m teaching or writing lots, and times like now when I’m super busy with Tatu Mianzi- our family string trio.
We are in a heavy duty repertoire gathering mode and we seem to have a voracious appetite. Maybe it’s all these snow storms? When it starts to snow we whip up some homemade soup and fresh cookies then head to our music room to jam.
This week we’ve added two Scottish fiddle tunes, two Swedish tunes, and we’re about to gulp down a new Middle Eastern tune we’ve taken a shine to. There is so much music out there… yum.
Come here us at Faneuil Hall, we’re there often…
December 3rd, 2014
Check this out. This was a K-5 art project done at Circleville Elementary, NY, inspired by UP,UP,UP! Materials included 3,700 old recycled crayons, 2 gallons of glue, and recycled bottle caps. Circleville is keeping art alive in schools!
October 10th, 2014
A new song is on its way. It should be here any hour now. This one just jumped out at me. BAM! It wanted to be written.
I love writing songs…. sigh…
August 17th, 2014
The youtube hits for Susan Reed animations with Barefoot Books is nearing 9 million. It’s SO COOL to watch it grow! Sharing, exponential growth- whatever you call it, I get more and more emails from all over the world from people asking for chord charts, or telling me about their class projects using UP,UP,UP in a recent play or concert. Sometimes people just reach out to say hi and tell me they like what I do. It’s so much fun.
Wow. We really ARE a global community!
August 7th, 2014
We worry about the future, we obsess about the past, yet each day we are drawn into the world of art as it pulls us into the present and holds us there for as long as we are willing. A story, a song, a musician playing on the street; a painting hanging in a window, that spidery dancer you see from afar reaching, turning, spinning. They catch us up, shock us out of our hold on the future or the past. We are suspended, clear, open, and ready for new ideas.
Art is good for us. Humans need art.
June 1st, 2014
Family music is the BEST! The summer season has begun. I’m either traveling throughout the country teaching and performing, or busking at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, MA with my daughters.
All those years of lessons, chamber music, singing, and performing. The weaving of music into our daily lives, the effort to celebrate the joy of music and avoid unnecessary competition. It’s all paid off. The girls play beautifully and love to perform.
Says Kate, on the drive home from Faneuil Hall yesterday, “You know mom, if most people put in a dollar in the busking basket that means each dollar represents one person at our gig who’s day we changed- one person who stopped to listen, smiled, and took the time to find a dollar in appreciation. That’s cool.” Bingo.
To all musicians out there- perform often. Celebrate your offerings- for you have many. Sometimes life can be that simple.
May 21st, 2014
Many thanks to my many supporters. Animations of my books with Barefoot Books have hit a new high on youtube- over 8 million! It has been a pleasure singing and telling stories to your children…
If you haven’t seen the animations yet, google Susan Reed, then Up Up Up, Over In The Meadow, and If You’re Happy and You Know It. Enjoy!
PS: 8 is my favorite number…. no kidding!
April 1st, 2014
That’s the title of my new song for the SAA National Conference this May in Minneapolis, MN. It’s beautiful. I love it. Kids often ask me, “What’s your favorite song that you’ve written?” I always say, “My newest one…” Sigh.
The commission request was for a song in celebration of community and in reverence to Dr. Suzuki and the philosophy he created. I think I nailed it. The song looks back, it looks forward, it celebrates the old while welcoming the new. Everyone joins together in song. I can’t wait to share it with you and hope I see you at the conference this year. We’ll be working on the song all weekend and our final performance will be at the closing ceremony. Looking forward!
The day I finish a song- it’s always a great day.
February 28th, 2014
I’m writing a theme song for the Suzuki Association of the Americas 16th Conference this coming May in Minneapolis, MN. It’s an exciting project and I’m honored to be asked to contribute. I’ll be popping up throughout the conference to teach the song to everyone, and also doing some of my own shows of songs and stories there.
On the final day of the conference we’ll perform the song together, as a community, just before we all head back to our homes, our studios, and our busy lives. Songs bond us to each other. Songs stay inside us, sometimes for years and years, and provide an instant connection to those far away.
Here are my parameters- all inclusive, togetherness, community, hints of the Suzuki philosophy. Hmmm, my musings have begun. Stay tuned. I’m on it!