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Book & Music for abuse survivors

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In 1992, I wrote a children's rhyme about what it felt like to be the victim of child abuse and believe I was to blame.  "My Little Heart, Ruthie" is the result of my healing.  It will become a picture book with a narrated, jazz-inspired musical suite to go with it.  My goal is to release this book and album to remind all victims of abuse that what they suffered was NEVER their fault. 

1992 was certainly a long time ago but in 2014, thanks to the support of a fellow Recording Academy musician, I was inspired to finish this project.  I have spent the last 3 years recording, illustrating, and finishing the book and album.  Now I need help to manufacture books and CD's and hire those all-important promoters for the book, the music, and the social media marketing.

THANK YOU for your consideration.  Please know how proud I am of having on the recording:  jazz harpist Carol Robbins, trumpeter Jon Crosse, acoustic bassist Granville "Danny" Young, and drummer Paul Tavenner.  And I am forever grateful to the amazing millennial Jennifer Mones who created every beautiful illustration.

Thank you again and again for considering supporting "My Little Heart, Ruthie."


  • Alex Otey
    • $50 
    • 7 yrs


Toni Jannotta
Ventura, CA

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