ParkBench Interview

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ParkBench interview of Carol Dabney by Barb Roberts 2019

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I big Thank you to Barb Roberts for this ParkBench interview.  She talks with folks every day to share their work and she shows such amazing support for others.

 

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Music by Rod and Carol August 2016

We always thank our seniors for the contribution they have made to our great nation. They are always a wonderful audience to sing for and we are so blessed to have the opportunity to do so. We end our shows with God Bless America blending two of our greatest passions into music- God and country. Singing at Fox Ridge in North Little Rock on a Sunday afternoon in August. Rod playing his harmonica and guitar, telling jokes and making folks laugh. We sing a variety of music and since we return each month we can learn music they request, such as Tennessee Waltz, Summertime and How Great Thou Art.

 

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Briarwood residents really like Hank Williams songs. Then the Hawaiian Luaus…

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Big crowd at the Bryant Senior Center Hawaiian Luau. August 2016. Little Grass Shack, Tiny Bubbles, Hukilau Song, and the Limbo Song. Hula and lots of good food.

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More Hawaiian fun at The Manor in Little Rock. Was able to share about my Ohana in Hilo that I love so much: Rainbow Falls, snow-capped Mauna Kea, Kilauea Volcano. Oahu where my daughter was stationed in the Army, North Shore, Sea Life Park. I played my ukulele and we danced a bit of hula.

Then we went back to our regularly schedule programs of country, folk, patriotic, gospel and blues at Brookdale, Elmcroft and Fox Ridge till the end of August. Then school started and I went back to teaching music at St. Mark’s Day School where I work during the school year.

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We always thank our seniors for the contribution they have made to our great nation. They are always wonderful audiences to sing for and we are so blessed to have the opportunity to do so. We end our shows with God Bless America blending two of our greatest passions: into music- America and God.

Our music and books are available at Amazon. Please take a moment to check out our children’s books:

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

 

 

Singing with Rod and Carol May 2016

Rod and I love singing together. We both have a passion for God and country. We sing a variety of songs from country, folk, gospel, patriotic, blues, oldies, Broadway, and even Hawaiian. Here are some pictures of our events in May of 2016. We started out at the Scott Fire and Rescue Department fundraiser dinner. Scott farming community has a special place in our hearts because we met at the Scott’s Plantation Settlement Cotton Festival 3 years ago.

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With fire chef and Bobby Joe Turner.

We sing as regulars at Elmcroft Nursing home in Maumelle twice a month.

Our summer was filled with several Hawaiian Luau programs. Pictures from Andover Place and Presbyterian Village in Little Rock.

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We also sang and read stories for several schools starting with St. Marks. Spring Butterfly story Bows and Butterflies about Carlos the caterpillar. This story is available on Amazon along with the audiobook we read.

Brookdale became a regular starting in April 2016, singing every first Saturday of the month in the late afternoons.

We were the musicians for a service downtown Little Rock at Quapaw Quarter’s Methodist Church.

Yes we are available to sing for your event or program if you are in the Little Rock area. We sing at schools, festivals, churches, funerals, fire departments, libraries, and nursing homes. Just email me at carol.dabney@yahoo.com

Children’s events coming up is Holiday House with Santa on Saturday November 12 from 9-noon at the Arkansas State Convention Center. The Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas tree lighting on Saturday December 3 from 6-8 singing Christmas songs. The Maumelle public Library December 10 and 11:30 for story time reading of Twas the mouse and Christmas and Golfing with Santa plus Christmas songs. The Clinton Children’s Library Monday December 19 at 11am story time and songs.

All our books are available on Amazon. Carol Dabney. Thank you for your support.

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

Singing at Nursing Homes, a great generation part 2, Jan-April 2016

Singing at nursing homes and for assisted living residents is so rewarding. They seem to appreciate the music we share from the oldies, country, patriotic, gospel, soft rock, Disney, Hawaiian, and folk. We take pictures of where we have been but do not take pictures of the their faces, however it is their faces that touch my heart when we sing a song and I see them go from sitting half asleep in their wheel chairs to their eyes lighting up and begin to clap and sing along. There is something wonderful in those faces when they start to remember through a song. It makes me wonder what kind of life did they have? What war, what work, what love, what families they had? My father had Alzheimer’s and forgot so much, but when I sang a song he remembered he could sing every word. Those songs would lite up in his eyes and he would say, “You made my day” so I found music reaches a part of our heart, music goes to the soul like nothing else can. It’s amazing and God has blessed me with the passion of music. I teach music to children at school during the mornings and the afternoons I sing at nursing homes. It is my gift, so I sing.

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Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney play music for the very young and the very old.

January at Elmcroft in Maumelle Arkansas with our one small speaker and one microphone we shared.

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in a bigger room at Elmcroft a few weeks later with a bigger speaker and two microphones.

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Elmcroft asked if we would twice a month. Rod likes to tell a joke or two …sometimes he is funny!

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in February we went to Lakewood Nursing Homer in North Little Rock  for their Valentines Program

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Mardi Gras program at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home

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we sang Oh When the Saints Go Marching In, Mardi Gras Time, and Proud Mary

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oh below is my son Josh… he plays the ukulele too. I lived in Hawaii for 15 years and all my children are musical and we would often play music as a family at the nursing homes on the Islands. This is Joshua’s senior photo. He attends UCA now.

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March and the St Patrick’s program at Lakewood… I love that they have the same white tree up for Christmas, then change to hearts for Valentines and then add the green hats for St Patrick’s celebration.

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In March and April we also went to Valley Ranch, Stonehaven, Brairwood and Andovere nursing homes in Little Rock.

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Got hula… got Hawaiian luau music

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Love to sing patriotic programs… Rod and my dad were in the Navy…my sister is a retired Air Force Lt Col. and my daughter is a Army captain.

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in April there was more Hawaiian fun. Looking forward to more. We are working on recording a album of our own music for a summer time release 2016 Nothing Better Than You… of songs we have composed.

other music available at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Just-My-Imagination-Carol-Dabney/dp/B00004RI81/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461411794&sr=8-1&keywords=Carol+Dabney+music+Just+My+Imagination

 

Singing at Nursing Homes, a great generation

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Carol and her ukulele singing “Hukilau” and “Tiny Bubbles”

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Fall Festival music 2015   with Don’t Worry, Be Happy, You are my Sunshine, and Red and River Valley

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Harmonica at Elmcroft Nursing Center … bringing back musical memories to the folks in the Alzheimer’s wing with Blowing in the wind, Hey Good Looking and Just a Closer Walk with Thee.

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You are my Sunshine, Oh Susanna and God Bless America

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some of our very favorite nurses who give their all … they work so hard and smile always. We love Donna and Marie and Mia

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Veteran’s program with Heroes, Battle Hymn, and America

 

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Veteran’s program in November 2015  I’ll Fly Away, In the Garden, God Bless America

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Scott’s Plantation Settlement Veteran’s program, How Great Thou Art, Country Roads, and You’ve Got a Friends in Me

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Christmas 2015 at Elmcroft singing What child is This, Christmas in Your Heart, Silver Bells

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Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, Over the Rainbow, What A Wonderful World, and Sunshine on my Shoulder.

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Lakewood Nursing Home in North Little Rock Christmas 2015 singing All I have to do is Dream, Fools Rush In, Bridge Over troubled Waters

and Christmas music at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting 2015

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Pictures of the Christmas video taping

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Video Production of Christmas music What Child is This, Christmas in your Heart

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On the Set

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We sing and tell stories for classrooms, festivals and nursing homes. These are some of the nursing homes we enjoyed entertaining in 2015. It’s wonderful to see the folk’s eyes light up when they hear a song that brings back fond memories.

http://www.amazon.com/Just-My-Imagination-Carol-Dabney/dp/B00004RI81/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1461286642&sr=8-13&keywords=carol+dabney+music

 

 

Christmas…singing to the very young and the very old

Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. We read our Christmas book and sang Christmas carols. “The capital event is always a highlight of the season for us.”Authors and musicians Carol Dabney, Cindy Reyes and Rod Ragsdale sharing their story-telling and musical gifts with the very young and the very old…We read at schools and nursing homes all season…we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas 2015.

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Reading our storybook with Herald the mouse on my lap at the Nixon Library in Jacksonville. The kids come there after school and have dinner while we read.

Entertained at Lakewood Nursing Home in North Little Rock. One gentlemen loved the patriotic songs, he kept tip toeing his wheelchair closer and closer to me singing along.

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WE read in English and Spanish for students at E-Stem. They were studying different languages. We sang a few extra songs in Spanish as well. They had lots of great questions and were most amazing young people. Gave us a fun send off too. Thank you teacher Michelle Hanvey.

 

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Sang at Elmcroft Seniors. We sing there twice a month and getting to know the residents. Having a great deal of fun each time.

Clinton Library and Learning Center. Lots of my music students came to this event and that made me very happy. I am very blessed to teach at St Mark Day School

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Reading our stories in Byrant for a daycare. so adorable and good listeners too

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Santa’s North Pole at turtle Creek Mall in Jonesboro. This little cutie is a #1 Carol Dabney fan for sure. She comes to so many of my events and has all my books, and she is not even two yet… They live in the Northeast area where I came from but travel to the Good Earth Pooches and Pumpkins in central Arkansas every fall and other places I announce. I just love her!

I was honored to be the Special guest speaker at the First Baptist Women’s Cup of Christmas Joy near Scott. Thank you ladies for this opportunity. However I did miss my two side kicks: Rod and Cindy. This was a solo act. I spoke about being a writer and  about my first illustration which was my Christmas book and sang a few songs. Introduced my animal parable series, which I think is so sweet and hope folks will begun to enjoy as much as they do the Christmas book

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Rod likes to break out the Magic tricks at schools. We were in England and they children were in awe.

We played in Nashville Grill and then it was time to pack it up and go have Christmas by the fireplace with the grandkids. Egg nog time and watching Its a Wonderful Life (my favorite) in our PJs. Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone… Young and old.

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It Doesn’t have to snow for all of us to know

Christmas in your heart can last the whole year round. It doesn’t have to wait till the frost is on the ground.

from Manhattan’s frosty snow to Hawaii’s ocean mist, there’s one things I know you don’t need… mistletoe to kiss…

don’t need a Christmas tree for all of us to see

Christmas is like home, with love so strong

no matter where you roam to last your whole life long.

It’s not the tinsel not the toys

not just for little girls and boys

not just for the young you see but for anyone who can BELIEVE.

Carol Dabney

Alzheimer’s Kick-off

The Arkansas chapter had their 2015 kick-off banquet May 6 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. The announcement was made that this years Walk for the cure will be held Saturday Oct 17.

These women surrounding me do all the work to make these events happen.  Thanks to Jane Gunter for inviting Rod and I to sing.

These women surrounding me do all the work to make these events happen. Thanks to Jane Gunter for inviting Rod and I to sing.

Why We Walk is a children's book I have written and illustrated about Alzheimer's that I will be reading at area schools next fall.

Why We Walk is a children’s book I have written and illustrated about Alzheimer’s that I will be reading at area schools next fall.

Rod and I sang

Rod and I sang “I’m in Purple” a song composed by Rod reflecting my children’s story “Why We Walk” for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Little Rock community gathers to plan Alzheimer's awareness. Rod and I sang during the event.

The Little Rock community gathers to plan Alzheimer’s awareness. Rod and I sang during the event.

I have been asked to be the speaker for the June 11 2015 Alzheimer's Gala to be held in Northeast Arkansas. I will be introducing my book Why We Walk in detail and singing the Alzheimer's Song.

I have been asked to be the speaker for the June 11 2015 Alzheimer’s Gala to be held in Northeast Arkansas. I will be introducing my book Why We Walk in detail and singing the Alzheimer’s Song.

for more information contact Jane Gunter or Sherry Pearce at Alz.org
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