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.

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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.

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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.

 

Reading/Singing at Good Earth

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Saturday October 20, 2018 the Good Earth hosted a children’s story time and gave me an opportunity to read The Happy Pumpkin. We sang and read and had a blast! My book and several of my artwork pumpkin paintings are displayed inside at Good Earth in Little Rock for the month of October, if anyone would like to have a Happy Pumpkin painting by Miss Carol. For anyone living out of state you can get a copy of this  Halloween/Thanksgiving storybook at Amazon. A wonderful fun story about sharing pumpkin seeds giving tribute to the America’s very first farmers.

The Happy Pumpkin has been revised to a big 8 x 11 size book with colorful artwork. Intended for young children and families to read during harvest/fall Halloween to Thanksgiving and as a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Its a fun-filled poetic read of one pilgrims journey to America, written for children, but with a message for all. Its about the struggles and rewards of harvest time. The Happy Pumpkin grows up and produces lots of seeds to feed the new nation, becomes a Jack-O-Lantern, and helps the pilgrim find a good wife all by Thanksgiving Day.

The author, Carol Dabney, was raised on a 40 acre farm in Madison County Arkansas. She learned the value of a hard working farm where there was crops to harvest and goats to milk. She has five children and six children. She happily works as a music teacher at St. Mark’s Day School in Little Rock.

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Mr. Rod plays the harmonica for the kids at Good Earth.

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I brought along a couple of friends my students enjoy at school. Mr. Owl, who sings in a deep voice the song “I’m Not Scared!” but often scares himself, until the children sing softly so he stops hiding his eyes and returns to singing along. Then there is Green Frog, who sing the song “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” I also brought Baby Bumblebee and Dudley the Duck who gives kisses to children and sing the song “Six Little Duck”.

There was a goat dressed as a pumpkin, so naturally I was drawn to the lit’ guy. Rod says says that’s why he and I get along so well.

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My artwork is displayed inside the main building at the Good Earth for the month of October, if anyone wants to take home a Miss Carol Happy Pumpkin painting. My storybooks will be there too. The Good Earth on Cantrell Hwy 10 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Thank you so much for stopping by. Our next programs will be November 11 at the Convention Center downtown Little Rock Holiday House Santa event from 9-noon. Rod and I will be there singing Christmas songs and reading holiday books.

Also November 17 at the Hilary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center in Little Rock for their 10am children’s story hour.

And Saturday December 1 at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Look for us inside after the parade at 4. We will read and sing from 6-8pm . Its a fun way to wait in line to see Santa. The capital is decorated beautiful. This is the event of the year you don’t want to miss. See you there.

All my story books are available online at amazon as well as audiobooks.

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

 

Thank you for your support. Be blessed. -Carol Dabney

 

74th Arkansas Writer’s Conference

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I love going to the Arkansas Writer’s Conference. I meet other authors who share so much information about writing and marketing. Some of us set up tables of our books. Its fun to see the covers and artwork on everyone’s newest offerings. I been to a couple years in a row and its becoming liken unto a family reunion, seeing old friends and catching up. Ideas of what we are each doing to share our stories are fascinating and very helpful. I always learn something fresh and leave with new energy.

This year I was one of the presenters. I shared about my first story “Military Mommy” about my daughter who entered the United States Army. The update was she had been gone to Iraq for the past 10 months and we were awaiting her soon return to America. They were ready to board the plane to come home weeks before but a sudden scary illness had them in quarantine at the time of the conference. I am happy to say even though it was a nasty stomach bug, the soldiers returned safely this week. We had a fun family get together this past weekend and she got to see her children. As a mother, I am relieved and thankful beyond words that she is home. God bless America.

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A simple poetic story about military families.  “Military Mommy” about my daughter Melissa Dabney. The little book has photographs of the military base at bootcamp in Jacksonville, South Carolina and her first duty station in the Hawaiian island.

That story led to a biography of my father who was a Navyman during WWII. It was to be a short essay but turned into his whole life’s journey. A military love story  “Dance Me Home” took three years and became a 70,000 word book.  I shared a song I wrote for my dad called “Soldier”

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Dance Me Home 2012 is a military love story biography written by Carol Dabney

My writing turned a corner after dad’s book and I started writing children’s books. I started working as a music teacher at St. Mark’s Day School in Little Rock. I love children. Raised five of my own. They are grown now and having children of their own.

I wrote a whimsical Christmas story about a mouse. “Twas The Mouse before Christmas” I spent a year learning how to illustrate. That was harder then it sounds.

 

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After that, I was asked to illustrate some animals parables for another author. Attorney Everett Martindale. Presently we have 12 storybooks. At the writer’s conference I shared about how my music students help me in the development of songs to go with the stories.  I featured “Wisdom, the Elephant Used by God”

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My sister-in-law Cindy Reyes translates the animal books into Spanish.  I discovered a talented musician in Rod Ragsdale and we found a recording studio and started producing audiobooks of these wonderful stories. Rod is the voice of many of the stories. We add background sounds and have a lot of fun. I recommend Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas. The engineer Darian Stribling is fabulous.

 

 

I think at the end of my writer’s conference I share a song I recorded when I was just 17. I had been awarded a recording contract with Paradise Records in Nashville, Tenn after winning the national talent award as “Miss Arkansas Teen” The song “Arkansas” really describes my young life being raised on a 40 acre farm in the Ozarks. Southern roots.

Now I live and work in Little Rock and its been an amazing journey. Thank you to all at the conference for so much encouragement. I’m also thankful for the support in buying my storybooks online at Amazon and local bookstores and festival.

Oh and I am happy to announce that Rod and I will be married at the end of summer 2018.

 

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Rod and I will be reading and singing at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday July 28th at 10am. Hope to see you there.

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

 

Thank you Arkansas Writer’s Conference for letting me share my personal journey.

 

 

Christmas Fun 2017

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Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and Carol Dabney will singing Christmas carols and reading our Christmas storybooks at the Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday December 16 beginning at 10am. Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a free family event. “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” was the first and is the biggest hit everywhere we go this time of year. I hope you add it to your holiday keepsakes. Thank you for supporting local artists.

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Our holiday books: Big Book of  The Animals Used By God, The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course -book four – Golfing with Santa, Twas The Mouse Before Christmas, and Santa’s North Pole Princess. All available through contacting me, or http://www.amazon.com

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

 

Santa’s North Pole Princess is all about a Princess named Noel, who rides a magical polar bear to gather all the Christmas mail from children around the world for Santa. Have you written your letter yet? This book is about of a wonderful place located in Jonesboro, Arkansas where families can walk through a Disney-like animal animated snowy forest on their way to take pictures with Santa.

https://www.facebook.com/santasnorthpolejonesboro/

I had a lot of fun with reading “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” and now they have added Santa’s North Pole Princess. If you get to this wonderful adventure-land, look for Carol Dabney storybooks. Great Christmas keepsakes for ages 2-10.

Rod Ragsdale got into the spirit of Christmas by becoming a singing Santa for a Christmas in July party this past summer and as you know he loves golf. Not much golfing goes on in the snow, but with lots of imagination he wrote a Christmas golfing with Santa adventure story about his son Andrew. Book Four in his golfing series. For ages 7-12.

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512917203&sr=1-2&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

 

 

I had so much excitement with my St. Mark’s music students in writing The Christmas Animals Used by God last year. This is the newest published this year 2017. It can be interactive with walking with Joseph, Mary and the donkey, knocking on the inn keepers doors, making animal sounds. The kids really had fun with the repeating lines.

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Animals-Used-God-11/dp/1542436869/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512917633&sr=1-6&keywords=Carol+Dabney+The+Animals+Used+By+God

Its the Christmas story in an easy to read poetic form with lots of colorful pictures for kids to enjoy as they learn about the Nativity . Its also translated into Spanish by my sister Cindy Dabney Reyes. for ages 2-10.

We have read our stories at The Arkansas State Capital, Holiday House, Jacksonville Library and several classrooms. We will be at the Children’s library Saturday December 16 from10-11 and you can get these books then and we will sign them for you. From our house to your…

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS. Carol and Rod

Golfing at the library with Mr. Rod! That’s right. July 12 Summer Event for Kids!!!

Its Tee Time. Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney will be sharing the fun adventures of story and music at the Jacksonville Public Library Wednesday July 12 beginning at 10:30am. Free event. Sharing “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course” book one. Plus an inside golf demonstration which was presented last year and the kids lined to experience. It’s fun.

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Singing songs with Miss Carol

 

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click link above to view book details.

 

 

Author Rod Ragsdale and illustrator Carol Dabney. “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course”

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1522745602/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499701545&sr=1-3&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

click link above and see details of book two.

Story book for children about golf. Rod has a passion that golf is for everyone in the family. Great outdoor sport.

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Three/dp/1536960357/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499701545&sr=1-2&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

click link above and read details of book three.

touring the libraries around Central Arkansas and telling kids all about golf, and nature out there on the golf course. Telling kids how it builds character. Fun books to inspire kids to learn this sport. Rod’s son Andrew is a golf Pro at DisneyWorld.

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Come join us at the Library. Free event Wed July 12  Jacksonville Public library. Thank you to those who purchase our books and music online. Thanks for supporting local authors.

 

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Oh yeah baby Book Four has golfing with Santa! Dont just dream about golf in the winter. Golf with Santa. Click link below for details

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499701545&sr=1-1&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

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Rod and Carol Library events for Kids this summer. Grab your friends see you there!!!

July 12  Wednesday Jacksonville Public Library at 10:30am

July 18 Tuesday Clinton’s Children’s Library Little Rock 10am

 

http://www.caroldabney.com

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

Springtime music 2017

Spring is here.  We are sharing new music and a children’s book.

“Wisdom, the elephant used by God” and the song “I Will Follow”

Grand daughter Aliyah is helping at story time and singing along. Wisdom is about a brave little elephant with big faith to follow God. She and her parents travel from south Africa to north Africa. God protects them through many dangers and they find a man named Noah building an ark. This is a fun adventure animal parable to add to your home library or read in Sunday school class readings.

We recorded the song and audiobook at Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas during Spring break 2017. Always fun creating new music. Thank you to our engineer Darian Stribling and musician Tim Crouch.

We sang at Scott, Arkansas. The annual dinner is to celebrate all that our Arkansas farmers do to feed America. Thank you Anne Turner. Always a great event.

We sang at a Hawaiian luau at Andover Opry.

We sang at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church Adult Fellowship March luncheon and received a standing ovation. Thank you Max

We recorded four new songs this year: “I Will Follow” and “Joshua” for the Animals Used by God series. “Leap of Faith” a lullaby that Rod and I composed together. and “Nothing Better Than You” a love song written by Rod Ragsdale, that everyone will love. We are in process and hopefully will finish by May. An exciting Spring has begun. Life is fun.

Happy Spring all.