13th Annual Children’s Music Album Nominee
13th Annual Children’s Music Song Nominee
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Record Label: Self-Released
Home Base: Santa Rosa, California
Genres: Children’s Music; Lullabies
Categories Entered: Children’s Music Album and Children’s Music Song
Children’s Music Album category: Twilight Comes Tiptoeing, A Collection of Lullabies
Children’s Music Song category: “Close Your Eyes”
Artists Featured: Some of the finest Sonoma County, California musicians contribute throughout the album. On the song Close Your Eyes: Ginger Parish (vocals and guitar), Loren Gillogly (vocals; my son, at the time 12 years old), and Kevin Russell (on that glorious guitar lead).
Who are your influences?: I am greatly influenced by people singing together. I love to sing harmonies, and love to sing with my family and friends. I run a parent/child music program, and I am influenced and lifted up every day by the children I sing with and their families. My musical heroes and creative influences are in another question, below.
Describe your nominated work: Twilight Comes Tiptoeing is the result of a combination of my restless passion for singing and my child’s early years. Most of these lullabies were born on a rocking chair while I rocked and sang my baby boy to sleep. I have known no greater sweetness, no greater depth of connection, than those times. As I would rock and sing to him, my mind would wander to soothing, gentle images that found their way into my songs. Recording this CD was a journey in itself. It took years for me to finally do it. At the time of this recording, my “baby” boy was 12 years old, and he appears here singing on two songs! It was so much fun to do, and wonderful to have the help of so many great contributing musicians. The instrumentation is simple, yet varied, and the harmonies are rich. You’ll find acoustic and electric guitars, piano, mandolin, bass, violin, harp, flute, harmonica, cello, drum, xylophone, and a capella harmonies.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: Not really, but the ones I enjoyed being around the most were the big harp and the upright bass. Such gorgeous instruments!
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: Everything took longer than planned, but all was so worth it! The studio time was really fun – lots of “happy” but not too many “accidents!”
How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: Half of it was a gift, for which I will always be very grateful. The other half came from pocket, little by little. I think it will take a couple more years to recoup the expenses if I ever do. It depends on people buying the music.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 13th IMAs?: I really want these songs to get out into the world. I am very proud of how the recording came out, and I thought perhaps others would like it too. And it’s not just the recording but the songs themselves – I hope parents and grandparents will learn these songs and that they will become part of the fabric of people’s families. The more people discover the joy of singing to their young children the better. If I can help with that in any way, that is my hope.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: I feel I have already had success with these lullabies – I measure this in terms of the sharing of music with real people. I have taught these lullabies to parents with young children for over 13 years, and have had tremendous feedback. When I run into someone I haven’t seen for several years, and they tell me “We still sing your lullaby every night – it’s our family’s favorite” -That feels like a great success! My hope is for grown-ups to learn these songs and sing them to their children. If my music is touching hearts, that’s what matters to me.
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: I hope that this honor will help to make my album more noticed in the world, so that it can keep giving to more and more families.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: The audience for Twilight Comes Tiptoeing is made of parents and grandparents and their little loved ones. Something that makes my fans unique perhaps is how much I encourage them to actually learn the songs on the CD and sing them to their children without the CD . . . and they do it, they tell me. I try to help people connect with their children through music as much as I can. Here is a comment I received the day after this announcement came out from a fan in support of this nomination. Her children are now 7 and 9, and she learned the song when they were small: “Close Your Eyes is hands down my favorite lullaby of all time. I STILL sing it to my children, and hope to sing it to my grandchildren someday.” I get feedback like this a lot, so I think that’s what makes my fans unique!
Who are your musical heroes & influences?: I have always been inspired by gorgeous harmonies, and songwriting that’s personal and poetic. Growing up I listened to Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, CSN&Y, and Simon and Garfunkel among a ton of other folk/rock/blues artists.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: There are many songs that speak to me deeply, and seem to mirror my feelings or experience. But I can’t say I wish I wrote them… I am happy to receive inspiration from music that’s already out there, that came from someone else’s muse; a beautiful song feeds everyone.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: I still love all the music I listened to in the 70’s, and still love to rock out to wailing guitars. I don’t know if that would surprise anyone, but it’s different than the music I make. I also love discovering music with my teenage son.
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I listen to satellite radio, and discover a lot of new music there. I sometimes discover music on internet radio and definitely at music festivals. When I buy music, it has mostly now become buying by the song, when I hear something I want to hear more. I still will buy CDs sometimes, but always specifically to support the artist who made them. I don’t have a working CD player, so I put them on my iPod.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: It seems they won’t, unless they tour. I try to support artists I like by buying their work, and I encourage others to buy from artists rather than copy/share. Musicians have to be creative in the ways they use to get their songs out there, so people can understand how to support them. Festivals and songwriter celebrations are great ways to get out there.
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: The cost of recording, and how many more people are going independent from labels.
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: I think since so many people are listening to music through the internet and their devices, that yes, this is the way it’s going. I think something is being lost. An album was always presented as a whole creation from the artist – the placement of each song was part of the art, and taking the album as a whole could really deepen your experience of the artist, and his/her intention with the work. But more and more, people experience a song at a time now.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…changing all the time! More independent artists are accessible now than ever before.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: I am working on some new tunes, not necessarily for children, and also starting work on turning some of the songs from Twilight Comes Tiptoeing into sing-along story books for children’s bedtime.
My website: http://gingerparishmusic.com/index.html
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