Kreartive Kids- Putting Music to Words

Kreartive Kids seemed to take on a life of its own the longer we worked on it.  Maybe “work” is not the operative word here, because the creative process was just plain fun; the same kind of fun that we decided to turn into a storytelling experience, through the recording of a CD. Even that became an ongoing experience, because we decided that words and music were great, but wouldn’t it be greater still for kids to hear sound effects. Wanda was a farm girl, and there were many fabulous sounds we could introduce, bringing the experience to life, for kids who have never been on a farm.          Susan narrates the stories and Sharon’s music enriches the adventures: from climbing mountains, looking for the rainbow’s end, to planting secret seeds and watching them grow. There is a joyful energy that we hope children will respond to by becoming creatively involved in the words and the music.  Our “Little Bear” CD, for very young children, would make wonderful bedtime story listening.  The “Wanda” stories bring to life, a world of adventure for young and older... read more

How Kreartive Kids Was Born

Both the “Wanda Wannabee” and “Little Bear” series were written for my grandchildren. “Little Brown Bear and You” was a lesson about loving and being loved. It was a message that I wanted to explore with one of my granddaughters who was feeling a bit left out of things. “Wanda Wannabee and the “Fox in the Hollow” was a way of sharing my love for nature and wild creatures. The interactive component in the “Wanda Wannabee” stories, I introduced to two of my granddaughters on an absolutely beautiful summer’s day, when they could have been swimming and playing by the pool. They became so engrossed in “co-authoring” the stories and drawing pictures of the characters, that we could not tempt them away from the dining room table.  They became part of their own learning and growing experience. I realized then that these stories were something I wanted to give to other children. And so, KreartiveKids was born.         I met Susan at one of my musical performances and we started to talk about her poetry and children’s’ stories. We thought that we might be able to collaborate on a children’s program. I was drawn to the “Wanda Wannabee” and “Little Bear” stories when Susan presented them to me.  I had an opportunity to read these charming stories, and as a composer, was especially interested in adding another dimension to them, with the layering of music.   The characters were delightful, and I thought it would be a great idea to compose musical themes that would represent them.  The music is “hummable” and children can recognize the... read more

Wanda Wannabee and the Rainbow

There are endless wonders to be found in the natural world.  Wanda Wannabee, a young and adventurous girl discovers the beauty of the rainbow. Susan and Sharon discovered, in writing the words and music for this story, that there is a true lesson about family and sharing, and being a part of something bigger than yourself, that needed to be told. Susan’s writing inspiration for the story comes from her role as a poet/teacher, mother and a grandmother of seven, and a lover of nature.  Sharon’s musical contribution was inspired by the images in the story.  Music, for Sharon, created a connection to the characters through “hummable” melodies that are easily identified by... read more