Help Record Waves of Change
Music has enriched and given meaning to my life more than anything, so this is the greatest gift I have to share.
Here is a sample of a song I recorded last spring, live off the floor; it is the first song on the 'Waves of Change' recording project:
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SUNFLOWER SONG
Imagine having ONE simple resource that instantly brings…
...The PEACE & calm found in nature or yoga
...The JOY of singing in the shower
...The INSPIRATION offered by personal growth teachers
WELLNESS at your fingertips that’s easy to share ANYWHERE with your partner, your kids, your students or your friends, without having to leave the car, living room or classroom.
That’s the experience I’m on a mission to create for you with this music project, and to make it happen, I need your help.
I have been writing songs and performing for almost 30 years.
I have been teaching music and special education in diverse settings in public school for almost 15 years.
10 years ago I went on a journey, became a yoga + mindfulness teacher, and the rest of my life changed forever.
I am creating this project in order to share what I learned on this journey. To share my passion, purpose and story; to use all my gifts, skills, talents, experience and background to serve your well-being and to make a valuable contribution to our world.
I hope that my music will light a spark, and will help enrich life for you and your kids.
I hope that if a whole bunch of people feel moved at the same time, then they just *might* feel called to sing together….and our world just *might* be filled with a little more hope, a little more health, a little more light. I’m really hoping A LOT more, because I feel we need it, and I KNOW I do!!! Have you noticed the world spinning faster and faster? Does it feel stressful, uncertain or overwhelming sometimes?
I have created these songs based on what I am feeling and experiencing in my own life, and the lives of those I love and the people around me.
I interact with children everyday, and I know how to use words that speak to them in ways they will understand. I share music is so many different settings, I also know how to express music in ways that appeal to people of all ages.
I am in the process of recording ‘Waves of Change: Songs to Move your World - mindfulness singalong songs for adults + kids. I need your help to keep the music flowing, and get the rest of the songs recorded!
In April, I went into the studio with my producer, Jerry Brodey; we recorded the first song for the project, called, ‘I Am A Sunflower’ (featured in the video) with several stellar local musicians. It was powerful standing at the Root Down Studio in Toronto, singing with 4 sweet voices. I felt like I was floating. I can imagine YOUR VOICE adding another interesting and beautiful layer.
Singing is not just for the professionals, it’s for all of us, and it feels good. It’s our birthright!!
I can’t do this alone, and that’s why I am asking you.
With your help, musicians can be hired and properly compensated for their hard work, along with studio rental, producing, engineering, mastering, manufacturing and marketing costs for the album. You can help make it possible for ‘Waves of Change’ to land in the hands of people, families, classrooms and communities who can benefit.
If you can join in and help out, I am going to do my very best to take the wisdom I’ve gained in life + music + teaching + yoga (& mindfulness) so far, wrap it up in the most beautiful musical package possible, and gift it to you.
For those who can contribute a bit more, I will come IN PERSON and deliver music to you, PLUS hands-on teachings in yoga + mindfulness.
Wellness is a gift. Music is a gift.
Please make a contribution to ‘Waves of Change’ and together we can share these gifts.
Much love, straight from my heart to yours,
Let's make it a reality!
Waves of Change: Songs to Move Your World
catchy tunes to help adults + kids share joy, ease + flow
Here are some gifts for contributors:
Receive a full-length digital download of the recording to enjoy at home, work or on the go on any of your devices!
$25 CAD + Shipping
CD Copy of Album
You will receive the full album of 7 catchy songs to enjoy (and sing-a-long if you like) with your family, students, friends or community. The CD mailed directly to your home before the release date!
CD copy of album
Ships to: Canada, United States
$50 CAD + Shipping
You will receive x2 copies of the full album of 7 catchy songs to enjoy (and sing-a-long if you like) with your family, students, friends or community. You can receive the album in digital download format, or you can have the physical CD mailed directly to your home before the release date!
2 CDs mailed to you
Ships to: Canada, United States
$100 CAD + Shipping
You will receive the full album of catchy songs to enjoy (and sing a long if you like) with your family, students, friends or community. You can receive the album in digital download format, or you can have the physical CD mailed directly to your home before the release date!
5 CDs mailed to you
$300 CAD + Shipping
5 CDs + Private Yoga
You will receive the full album of 7 catchy songs to enjoy with your family, students, friends or community. You can receive the album in digital download format, or you can have the physical CD mailed directly to your home before the release date! (for funders living in Toronto) You will also receive a free private yoga or mindfulness session!
5CDs + Private Yoga
$500 CAD + Shipping
8 CDs + Private Family Yoga
You will receive copies of the full album of 7 catchy songs to enjoy with your family, students, friends or community. You can receive the album in digital download format, or you can have the physical CD mailed directly to your home before the release date! You will also receive a free family yoga or mindfulness session! (for Toronto funders)
8 CDs + Private Family Yoga
8 CDs + Yoga + House Concert
You will receive the full album of 7 catchy songs to enjoy with your family, students, or friends. You can receive in digital download format, or have the physical CD mailed directly to you before the release date! (funders in Toronto:) +Free house concert featuring performances of the songs! +Free private yoga or mindfulness session!
8 CDs + Yoga + House Concert
I believe It takes a village to raise a child.
So let's build a village together.
You are welcome to our next Family Singalong:
Family Mindfulness Sing-A-Long
SUNDAY APRIL 15, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
THE VILLAGE JUICERY
99 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2K9
***registration required please contact:
Kids of all ages welcome (but best for ages 3-10) along with an adult who is supervising and participating!
20$ donation per family
Payment by cash
OR Eventbrite (extra fee applies):
**parents, friends, neighbours, grandparents etc... welcome!!!
Hope your new year is going well...
I would like to share some inspiration:
One of the most amazing moments of my day: a student said she was 'getting goosebumps' while I was playing chords on my guitar for the song we are writing to raise money for Youth Without Shelter. As soon as we had the words for the Chorus written, one of the students came up with a melody right away, and her voice sounded sooo beautiful...I asked the student how her 'goosebump meter' was, and she said that YES, she was still feeling them, so I said 'good, we are on the right track!!'
I could tell at first, as we were brainstorming words that go along with themes of home/homelessness hope/transformation that the students were not sure if our ideas could really turn into a song...then we played with one idea, found some rhyming words + metaphors, and suddenly it all started to come together like MAGIC! I could tell by the smiles on the students' faces that they were enjoying themselves and coming out of their shells! I said 'there are no mistakes in art, and no wrong answers' :)
I am volunteering as an artist for 'tokens for change' a campaign to raise awareness and tokens/dollars to help youth living at the shelter to make transformative changes in their lives. It feels very empowering: youth assisting other youth. This is very meaningful work for me, and I am leading this songwriting and performance in memory of my Aunt Cindy Helene, whose middle name I carry, whom I never met.
We have planted the seed for the song, and will finish it soon, then perform it in the PATH system underground to ask the public to donate 'tokens for change'
....Today felt very much part of the Wave of Change we are singing into being with the recording of the mindfulness singalongs....the power of the human imagination amazes me! Tomorrow we will make the last vocal recording for the first two songs of the album...and then - onto mixing!
Can't wait to share!
XOX love Marni
Carly, Brian and Jerry sang beauuuutiful harmonies, and all I had to do was sit back and listen.....
To be in a room with other musicians, making music, is a real gift and treat.
I want to share that experience and gift with you.
I am grateful for the artists' generosity in making this happen, helping to finish up this song!! So grateful to Jerry for making this vision possible.
There was lots of clapping, singing and laughing, and creative collaboration on the different vocal parts + harmonies...
Most interesting of all was our ongoing conversation about children, parenting, mindfulness, technology, music, and how we connect with each other in our modern world....stay tuned....more coming....
This is a team effort and I need your help to keep the recording going! Lots more songs to go!! I'm happy to come to your school or home to share interactive mindful song sessions as a thank-you for supporting the project. ❤
We are ending the year with a couple of free singalongs at public schools for teachers + students, in exchange for donations to be able to continue this recording project.
If you, or if you know of anyone who would like to contribute or be part of this project, please email me at: email@example.com , we need your help to keep it going!
Thanks again for being a part of the creation of "I Am A Sunflower" recording, you can have a listen here if you like: https://youtu.be/TsD4hCM_6ko.
Much love, wishing you a warm and peaceful end to 2017, coming soon...