Coronavirus Singing Solutions for Kids

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So many of us are still trying to figure out where we’ll go for spring break . . . the dining room, the living room, under the bed . . . So how fun that today, children’s music teacher and author of BUTTERFLY DREAMS: A Friendship Takes Flight, Miss Carol Dabney, is taking us to the beautiful beaches of Hawaii! First, she sings the Hukilau Song, then Baby Shark, and finally Five Green and Speckled Frogs. If you have kiddos to entertain, you’ll love her daily updates to her Youtube channel. Thank you, Miss Carol, for continuing to connect and teach! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bqa9LxJhyw&t=3s

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Coronavirus Singing Solutions for kids with Miss Carol coming to you from a corner in her home. Painting backdrops and using every puppet she and Mr. Rod have to create an entertaining way for small children to learn through music and story. Please share youtube links with families and lets all have a laugh and a song.

Let’s travel for spring break in our imaginations.

Miss Carol will be reading her new storybook “Butterfly Dreams, a friendship takes flight.” Very soon… until then you can preorder books in time to place inside your child’s Easter basket. Thank you for your support.

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We are flattening the curve. In this together. We will win!

Until story time and music concerts resume, please check out new short music videos each day on youtube and share with family and friends.

 

Et Alia Press reveals book cover

Et Alia Press  February 14 , 2020Happy Valentine’s Day! Since some of the best love is that between friends, today we’re revealing the cover of Butterfly Dreams: A Friendship Takes Flight by Little Rock’s beloved children’s music teacher Carol Dabney. And… A first for Et Alia, our storybook also has an original song, a single, “Butterflies and Honeybees,” composed and sung by Carol. Preorder your signed copies today and receive them in time to tuck into all your littles’ Easter baskets. 🦋

Cover of Butterfly Dreams

ABOUT:

We all have dreams, but what if they are too big?

After Lily-Jane helps her grandmother build a butterfly habitat, a close look at a caterpillar’s spots sends her stumbling in disbelief. “Me llamo Carlos,” says the charming little caterpillar, and an extraordinary friendship is born. But when Carlos becomes trapped in his chrysalis, his dream of wings seems more out of reach than ever before.

As readers discover the tremendous power of encouraging words to nurture a friend past paralyzing self-doubt even when it means letting them go to fulfill their destiny, Carlos learns whether friendship and faith are enough to help him soar on the wings of a dream that may be just the right size.

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Carol Dabney creating the cover art for her storybook “Butterfly Dreams” a friendship takes flight. To be published Spring 2020.


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Thank you all for your support of local authors and artists. -Carol Dabney

Butterfly Dreams for 2020

I look ahead to the year 2020 with great excitement as I embark on a great new adventure. My newest children’s storybook “Butterfly Dreams” is to be published by Et Alia Press this spring. http://www.etaliapress.com

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CAROL DABNEY

Carol Dabney is author and illustrator of Butterfly Dreams: A Friendship Takes Flight, forthcoming Spring 2020. She is the music teacher at Saint Mark’s Day School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Raised on a forty-acre goat farm in the Ozarks, in her younger years Carol studied Italian opera, was “Miss Arkansas Teen,” and won a national talent award. She began her recording career in Nashville at the age of seventeen. She is the mother of five children and has nine grandchildren. In 1985, her family moved from the farm to the Hawaiian Islands, where she worked as a disc jockey at KFSH radio. She signed a singer song-writer contract with Paradise Records in Honolulu in 1997. Since her time in Hawaii, Carol plays the ukulele and takes it to all her events wherever she goes. When the family returned to Arkansas, she continued working as a music resource teacher presenting her unique style of interactive story-telling with puppets and art. Carol illustrates for several other children’s authors, and paints animal canvases and gift cards for her sister’s art gallery in California. Carol and her husband are the entertainers every year at the Arkansas State Capital Christmas lighting celebration. Together, they travel all over the state to entertain at festivals and community events.

Visit Carol at https://caroldabney.wordpress.com/

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Carol Dabney reading and singing at a bookstores in Little Rock last summer.

(A note from Carol about editor publisher Erin Wood)

Little Rock Editor/Publisher Erin Wood is an amazing woman who comes alongside local Arkansas authors to help them realize their dreams. I am thankful for her encouraging guidance, creative ideas and marketing knowledge. We have just begun and its going to be such a fun year with her, her team and all the other other authors with Et Alia Press.

Together, we have been going over story line word by word to create a charming treasure for young readers and their families.

(About the book)

The story tales us about friendship through a little girl named Lily-Jane and a caterpillar named Carlos, who has big dreams to fly. He is often worried, but Lily-Jane tells him, “I think the size of your dream is just right.”

(About the art)

The artwork illustrations are colorful and children can follow a cute little basset hound from page to page to discover small creatures such as honeybees in the garden, frogs in the river and squirrels in the trees.

P1040783  artwork I’ve painted is colorful, filled with lots of little creatures children can discover as the pages are turned. Butterflies and honeybees fly around a garden. The river winds around where there are some green frogs sitting on a log and a  hound tags along fromone page tohe next where he sniffs out some bunnies or squirrels on the farm. 

Will Carlos get his wings to fly? What will happen next? A tender friendship blooms while we are also learning all about the life-cycle of the amazing monarch butterflies.

(About the song)

As many of you know I am a music teacher in Little Rock. So of course I had to compose a song for this storybook. “Butterflies and Honeybees” gives light to how important these small creatures are as pollinators. I will be recording the song in a couple weeks with Rod at Blue Chair Recording and I’m truly excited that Tim Crouch will be playing violin and mandolin on the production. Tim won the fiddler of the year at the Arkansas Country Music Awards last June 3, 2019.

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(From my editor)

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BUTTERFLY DREAMS: A FRIENDSHIP TAKES FLIGHT

Carol Dabney

We all have dreams, but what if they are too big?

After Lily-Jane helps her grandmother build a butterfly habitat, a close look at a caterpillar’s spots sends her stumbling in disbelief. “Me llamo Carlos,” says the charming little caterpillar, and an extraordinary friendship is born. Carlos teaches Lily-Jane his first language, Spanish, and Lily-Jane shares what she has learned about the miraculous life-cycle of the monarch butterfly. But when Carlos becomes trapped in his chrysalis, his dream of wings seems more out of reach than ever before.

As readers discover the tremendous power of encouraging words to nurture a friend past paralyzing self-doubt even when it means letting them go to fulfill their destiny, Carlos learns whether friendship and faith are enough to help him soar on the wings of a dream that may be just the right size.

 You’ll love this book, accompanied by an original single, “Butterflies and Honey Bees,” by Little Rock’s favorite children’s music teacher, musician, and artist Carol Dabney.

Butterfly Dreams is ideal for classroom readings as students await butterflies emerging from their chrysalises as well as celebrations on the big day when butterflies are released into the sky to migrate south. It is also the perfect gift for coming of age, when a friend moves away, or any time someone needs an extra nudge of encouragement to dream big.

April, 2020

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I look forward to reading this story beginning this spring and have summertime programs already getting lined up at libraries and bookstores across Arkansas.  Also have some classroom teachers who have asked me to read at their butterfly release parties this fall. All very exciting news to announce.

I am very blessed to be given this opportunity.

See you at a library soon.

Bring your wings – where new friendships will take flight!

-Carol

 

Children’s Summer Time stories

Authors Carol and Rod read children stories for summer reading programs,. Meet the authors at Book Warehouse at the Outlet Malls of Little Rock July 2019.

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Singing some songs to get us started with an ukulele and harmonica.

 

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Then Mr Rod read The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course Book One about mama duck.

Illustrations by Carol.

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Thanks for stopping in Book WareHouse Story Hour with Rod and Carol for story and song.

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Thanks for your support. -Carol and Rod

Singing Trips

Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney enjoy singing for our greatest generation. To do so they traveled to senior centers all over Central Arkansas and added Star City, Pine Bluff, Hot Springs and Camden in the past couple of months. The music they play is a journey back through memory lane by singing songs from the roaring 1920’s, American Doo-Whoop 50’s, soft rock ’60s,  Country, Blues, Broadway, Patriotic, Folk and Gospel. Memory Care Centers especial benefit from this music therapy as faces lite up and they start singing along. For independent living centers its a fun variety show where folks laugh at Rod’s country style jokes and good family fun.

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To contact for programs in the state of Arkansas write carol.dabney@yahoo.com

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A note found in the elevators at FoxRidge Chenal.  Carol and Rod sing for senior communities and centers as often as once a month and get to know folks. They have a very fun time of it. Everyone sings along. They will learn request for the next month. They also enjoy doing themed programs such as Hawaiian Luaus, Mardi Gras, Christmas, Easter parades and family dinners.

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Rod setting up for Patriotic Program at Long Meadows in Camden July 2019

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Singing for a huge family dinner at Presbyterian Village in Little Rock

Playing for the folks at Woodland Heights

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Rod and Carol enjoy entertaining  for the greatest generation. They have done so much for our country and we honor them. May God bless you all this 4th of July. Happy Birthday America.

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  • God Bless America -Love Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney

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Music by Rod and Carol

Music by Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale. We met at a Fall Festival in 2014. Rod was playing music and I was teaching music at St Mark’s Day School. We started paying music together right away. We had both just lost our mom’s to Alzheimer’s and were independently playing music for nursing homes, so we just continued this amazing mission together, b/c singing for the greatest generation of Americans is a blessing to us. Presently we are regularly singing for over 30 different venues of this kind each month, as well as festivals and children’s libraries.

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I played the ukulele and Rod plays the guitar and harmonica.

Rod and harmonica

My day school children just love Mr. Rod when he comes to do our annual Veteran’s Day program and he plays his harmonica and shows them some magic tricks. Rod served in the Navy and was in the golf industry for over 35 years. He has one son that works at Disney World as a golf pro. instructor. Now that Rod is retired he can sing with me every day after I come home from school.

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I love teaching music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School in Little Rock Arkansas. I have five children and nine grandchildren. I lived in Hawaii for 20 years and that’s why I play the ukulele. I have been a radio disc jockey and music resource teacher at many schools and churches. This picture was taken at don Roberts School in Little Rock.

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This is where we met. The Plantation Cotton Festival in Scott, Arkansas. That’s Rod getting ready to go on ‘stage’ and sing. He asked me out that day and we have been together ever since. I know what you’re thinking, and Yes!  he is as cute as pecan pie. This country singer sitting in front of this amazing cabin was more then I could stand, so I scooped him right up . See, I was raised on a goat farm in Madison county and so this is my cup of tea. I love this cabin and I love the country.

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Of course we composed our own wedding song from the book of Ruth… “Where You Go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” We were recording music at Blue Chair Recording studio in Austin, Arkansas with a talented engineer Darian Stribling. He was helping us record audiobooks and songs for children and presently we are working on a country album. All our music has beautiful violin music played by noted musician Tim Crouch. He makes the arrangements come to life. I wish we could record more, but its costly, so we pay as we go, recording whenever we have extra money in the kitty.

This beautiful picture was taken by Rebekah Schmitz at the school where I teach

  • side note here: Both Darian and Tim have been nominated for the Arkansas Country Music awards to be held in Maumelle June 3, 2019. Very excited and proud to know them.

    We are having so much fun with music.

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  • This is at FoxRidge Chenal

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We even did a bit of a road trip this year. During Thanksgiving break we sang in Camden Arkansas where Rod went to school. This was sponsored by Woods Catering. We sang for the nursing homes and the library. 140 children turned out to have Christmas stories read to them, sing Christmas songs, and see a bit of Mr. Rod’s magic.

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We also traveled to Star city during Spring Break and what a sweet town. We have plans to return several times this summer and fall. Looking forward to that.

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Singing Patriotic shows at the Air Force Base in Jacksonville library, and we will return July 11. Patriotic show at  Sherwood Elmcroft.

We sang Christmas songs and read a Christmas story for children “Twas The mouse Before Christmas” a Christmas tale I wrote and Rod and I sang. A film producer and writer friend of mine John Elchier captured the storytime and put it on YouTube.

Also Rod became the singing Santa at a Christmas in July program at Andover Place

( that’s why he has shorts on)  don’t you love those groovy socks?

Carol and Rod 1950s sang at a 1950’s sock hop patriotic Veteran’s show in North Little Rock.

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  • This was a fund raising event for Alzheimer’s at Pleasant Valley.
  • Carol and Rod sing in snow
  • Singing in the Antrium at Woodland during a snow shower. April Pollard took this picture.
  • Carol and Rod at Mardi Gras
  • Mardi Gras program at Stonehaven.
  • A Roaring ’20’s show at Andover with director Donya.
  • Singing Christmas carols at the Capital every December is a highlight. Pictured with my sister Cindy and daughter Michelle dancing hula to White Christmas.
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    Hawaiian shows at Woodland with the staff. Bryant Sr. Center and Elmcroft in Maumelle.

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    Carol at piano

  • Composing music for our country album. Picture during Parkstone program.
  • Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin Arkansas. We are having a great adventure and excited to see what’s next. I guess we can say, you are never too old to live your dreams. Thanks for stopping in. May God richly bless you with family, friends, and a dream in your heart.

Holiday House 2018

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November started with a bang singing at The Arkansas State Convention Center for the Holiday House Santa event on November 10th, 2018. We sang Christmas songs as the children came up the escalator to see Santa, who had just arrived in Little Rock.

We read our Holiday storybooks to the children. I read Twas The Mouse Before Christmas, Santa’s North Pole Princess and The Christmas Animals Used by God. Rod displayed The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course book series and read book four Golfing with Santa.

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Harold the Mouse was there to help.

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Rod and I love Christmas.

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We even got a chance to visit with Santa. Rod and I will be singing Christmas songs for the Arkansas State Capital Saturday December 1, 2018 for the annual Christmas tree lighting from 6-8pm. We will also have a Holiday Book signing at the Outlet Malls Warehouse Books Saturday December 8, 2018 from 10-2pm.

Thank you for your support. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Carol and Rod

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