Musical Beginnings!

I'm thrilled to start this new year with a renewed sense of direction and purpose.  I've been fortunate to spend time with family and friends and have been able to ground myself in the love and joy I find in the simple things.  

Today I'm getting back to the basics with my daily routine and excited to have music as my life's work. In the next month I'll be sharing music with students at Lafayette and Rocky Elementary Schools. I love the anticipation of their smiles as I plan for these sessions.

I'm also in the studio working on several exciting projects.  I'm invigorated when I face the creation process and humbled when I'm in the editing process.  Each phase has a new learning to offer me.

I hope music brought you some joy during the holiday season and you will enjoy this JJ Heller song, "This Year!"   It's my January favorite!

Heather Stenner

Heather Stenner has a passion for life! Her passions play out with music and children of all ages. Heather grew up in the Midwest and realized the importance of each day from a very young age. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when Heather was only 5. The doctors gave her mother 6 months to live. It was during the next 15 years that Heather developed her charismatic and joyful course for her own life! Her mother showed her strength and courage and an intense compassion for others and their suffering. Her mother passed away when Heather was 20 years old. Heather vowed she would continue to live each day as if it were her last. To treat people with compassion and believe in the love we all share for one another. At the age of 37, she became an orphan. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Through it all, Heather realized that MUSIC was one of her coping mechanisms to deal with all the stress that cancer brought into their families lives. She vowed to share her love of music with children, so that it might also be a positive force in their lives! To this day, Heather creates music that has soul and passion. She hopes everyone will remember with the dawning of each day; we are all musical. Feel it in your soul. Keep it to yourself... or give it away.

Singing Songs About Colorado!

I had fun with some local elementary students singin songs about Colorado today.! 

Did you know that Colorado has two official state songs?
Where the Columbines Grow  (1915)   and Rocky Mountain High 1972.

While those two songs are nice songs, the song that I wish held the title of the Colorado State song  is The Colorado Song (1965) written by Paul Colwell & David Allen.    In 1998, Paul Colwell came to Colorado and worked with me and a group of 4th graders at Kruse Elementary in Fort Collins.  He spent the day with the students as they shared their ideas to make the song more modern.  Instead of "where a man can walk a mile high" the students wanted the lyrics to reflect both genders.  They edited the lyrics to read, 'where I can walk a mile high.'  They worked together with Paul to add an additional verse.  

In January of 2015, The Colwell Brothers along with the P'zazz Choir from Denver, performed that arrangement as part of a 50th anniversary of Up With People show honoring the songwriters.

It's my hope that students all over Colorado learn this song and sing it with their heart!

 

The Colorado Song
(If I had a wagon)

By Paul Colwell and David Allen  
with revisions by the 4th Graders (97-98) at Kruse Elementary in Fort Collins, Colorado

If I had a wagon I would go to Colorado, go to Colorado.
If I had a wagon I would,

If I had a wagon I would go to the state,
where I can walk a mile high.

You come across the prairie and right before your eyes,
You see those Rocky Mountain peaks, climbing up to the skies, climbing up to the skies.

If I had a pickup I would drive to Colorado, drive to Colorado. 
If I had a pickup I would,
If I had a pickup I would drive to the state, 
where I can walk a mile high.

I’m looking for more than silver.  I’m looking for more than gold.
Where people match the mountains and their hearts will never grow old,
their hearts will never grow old.

If I had an airplane I would fly to Colorado, fly to Colorado. 
If I had an airplane I would,
If I had an airplane I would fly to the state,
where I can walk a mile high.

Just take a big deep breath of, that most abundant air.
That is why so many folks from ‘round the world are there… ‘round the world are there. 
 

If I had a spaceship I would land in Colorado, land in Colorado. 
If I had a spaceship I would,
If I had a spaceship I would land in the state, where I can walk a mile high.

There’s hating and there’s fighting, across the world so wide.
A uniting spirit they will find at the great continental divide, great continental divide.

If I had a time machine I’d beam to Colorado, beam to Colorado. 
Go back to the past and listen to the many people with their stories
of this state  
Where I can walk a mile high

Well, I don’t have a wagon, and I don’t have a pickup
and I don’t have an airplane and I wish I had a time machine

But I’ve got two feet to climb with and it’s Pikes Peak or Bust!
Where everyone can learn again,
Just like Coloradoans.
How to hold your head up high.
Where I can walk a mile high.    Yahoo!

© Up With People 1968

Heather Stenner

Heather Stenner has a passion for life! Her passions play out with music and children of all ages. Heather grew up in the Midwest and realized the importance of each day from a very young age. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when Heather was only 5. The doctors gave her mother 6 months to live. It was during the next 15 years that Heather developed her charismatic and joyful course for her own life! Her mother showed her strength and courage and an intense compassion for others and their suffering. Her mother passed away when Heather was 20 years old. Heather vowed she would continue to live each day as if it were her last. To treat people with compassion and believe in the love we all share for one another. At the age of 37, she became an orphan. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Through it all, Heather realized that MUSIC was one of her coping mechanisms to deal with all the stress that cancer brought into their families lives. She vowed to share her love of music with children, so that it might also be a positive force in their lives! To this day, Heather creates music that has soul and passion. She hopes everyone will remember with the dawning of each day; we are all musical. Feel it in your soul. Keep it to yourself... or give it away.