We continue our work with Mommy SeaStar! Think of me as a Mommy “Mr. Rodgers.” I love Mr. Rodgers and his whole philosophy! He taught me growing up that I was special, just the way I am. I want to share this feeling of self confidence with children. My daughter is on the autism spectrum. I am a big supporter of “neurodiversity.” You know, my spell check doesn’t even know that is a real word! “Neurodiversity” means that natural variations in brain function occur naturally within our human family. Neurodiversity is something to celebrate. My daughter has a unique way of seeing the world and being her mommy has opened up a totally new perspective for me! That’s where Mommy SeaStar comes in. We explore the world around us through music, art and science. We incorporate son and sensory learning into our studies because they give us a better understanding about what’s really going on! We have a whole series of videos on YouTube and I’ll be sharing many of them here! Be sure to follow us, Mommy SeaStar, on YourTube and Instagram!
Continuing in the sleep music vein of my last piece, my latest music piece is made of improvised viola, organ, and wind chimes. It’s the first time I’ve created a completely composition that could be transcribed.
This project took me the better part of the past couple of weeks. This is my original music designed and produced to help aid in sleep and relaxation:
I know all parents think their children are geniuses, but my boy is a genius! Here he shows you some of the world’s most beloved paintings. I play the background music on the keyboard 🙂
As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. That’s because of my role as a mom and educator to my young children. But I still keep at it! After all, once an artist, always an artist. Here a couple of my newest projects.
I’ve started a YouTube channel called, “Mommy Seastar.” Here I post little videos for the purpose of supplying fun educational movies for kids. They’re based on the interests my kids have. I also use this channel to put my music compositions out and to create music videos. I will be using my blog here to post new videos as they come out. Here a couple Mommy Seastar videos:
I’ve also kept up composing. Spring rehearsals are underway at the La Verne Symphony Orchestra. They requested and will be performing my 9th symphonic picture at the end of this season. Here is the electronic recording my my newest symphonic piece:
And finally the Los Angeles Composers Collective will be presenting a concert on March 9th entitled, “The Sounds, The Stories: Re-imagining the Italian Art Song.” My setting of St Francis’ “Laudes Creaturarum” will be among the pieces performed. Here is the link to the concert information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sounds-the-stories-reimagining-the-italian-art-song-tickets-55452206041?aff=efbeventtix
This piece took multiple steps for me to create it, so there are multiple versions which I have been putting up on the IMSLP website. The definitive version will come out after the concert, but here are the earlier versions:
I love St Francis of Assisi, so when the chance came to set this poem, I jumped at it. It’s been a big challenge completing this project, but I am happy that I fought for time to compose and am grateful to be participating in the upcoming concert. Below are the notes that will be in the concert program:
St Francis was a joyful, peaceful saint who saw the beauty of God all around him in God’s creation. Born in 1181 to a rich merchant in the hill town of Assisi, St Francis later gave up all his wealth to become a poor friar and dedicate his life to pray, love of God, and service to others. The founder of the Friars Minor, St Francis lead a very austere life and preached about giving up material wealth to make place for God’s life within the soul. This beautiful poem prayer shows St Francis’ way of praying to God through the contemplation of His beautiful creation. This creation was as it were a way God spoke to Francis of His love for him and also His great majesty. St Francis was so closely identified with Christ and His sufferings that he was given the Stigmata, the miraculous wounds of Christ. This poem was written in 1224, two years before the saint’s death in 1226.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here due to looking after my little babies. Their care takes priority at this important time in their lives. But I havn’t forgotten about creativity! I am happy to say that I’ve been working on some new music projects over the past few weeks and have some exciting things in the works. Here are a couple of them:
I have launched a new educational YouTube channel for children and their parents and caregivers. It’s called “Mommy Seastar.” I have a mix of interactive projects, relaxing videos with original and public domain music, “how to” videos, and movies about different subjects all for the purpose of helping parents as they educate and play with their children and for children to enjoy learning! Just look up “Mommy Seastar” on YouTube” to find the channel.
My newest video just went up today. It’s called “Americana” and has some famous American songs for children and their parents to listen to so hopefully they can learn them and sing along! I’ve included a song of all the presidents and our National Anthem to help with memorization. There’s even a little original violin piece that I included towards the end of the video. Here is the link:
A New Symphonic Piece
I will also be starting work on a new symphonic piece for the La Verne Symphony Orchestra. It is due in February so that the orchestra can work on it in the spring semester. I am so grateful for this opportunity and am glad I have a few months to dream something up. You will be able to find this new composition and be able to downlod this and other pieces at my IMSLP composer page: https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Rosaria,_Danielle.