A Christmas Carol

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Merry Christmas 2017. Love being a music teacher and entertainer especially at Christmas time.

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…and I’m engaged to the singing Santa, which makes it all the more festive.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, we are all childlike at Christmas.

Rod Ragsdale sang Christmas carols for Holiday House at the Arkansas State convention center  starting in November to kick off the season. Rod, Cindy and my daughter Michelle sang Christmas carols at the Arkansas State Capital December 2 for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Rod and I have been to over 30 senior centers and nursing homes in central Arkansas, festivals and several schools.

Plus the Jacksonville Library Children’s after school program and Children’s Library and Learning center.

We were the Whoville Christmas carolers for the GrinchFest along with channel 11’s Craig O’Neille, who is the Grinch master story-teller, held every year at the Children’s Library in Little Rock.

We also read our Christmas stories at the capital, several schools and libraries. Here is my sister Cindy Reyes who translates all my storybooks into Spanish.

These pictures are from the times I have traveled to Santa’s North Pole Adventureland in Jonesboro to sing and read for Kathy Johnson and her sisters for their magical store. I wrote a new story just for their Princess specials called “Santa’s North Pole Princess” the book is in their gift shop. https://www.facebook.com/santasnorthpolejonesboro/

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Rod has a Christmas adventure for young children called Golfing with Santa book four in The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course series.

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From our home to yours Merry Christmas and may God richly bless you in the new year 2018.

Happy New Year 2018.

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Summer Programs of 2017

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Michelle and Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale. We had a lot of fun the summer of 2017 playing music for senior centers and for children programs in central Arkansas. Here we are at the Hilary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center for story hour doing a Hawaiian program on July 18, 2017.

Michelle danced a lovely hula. She was born in the Hawaiian islands. She is a health coach in the Little Rock area.

Rod gave an indoor golfing demonstration and we sold his “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course” book series.

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We also did a Hawaiian program for the Kids Zone at Fitness 10 gym in Little Rock July 14, 2017. Telling the kids all about Hawaii.

We sang Hawaiian songs and danced the hula.

We also shared our Hawaiian program for the Whole Foods Kids Club September 1, 2017.

The kids enjoyed doing some hula with Michelle. I read the story of “Military Mommy” about my daughter in the army when she was stationed in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks. She is serving in Iraq now.

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Rod and sang for a Hawaiian luau at The Manor Nursing Home in Little Rock, on my birthday in September and I was presented with a cake. We are regulars there and they have become like family to us the past two years.

Rod and I went into the recording studio and made a really awesome new audiobook for children. “Mia, the Mouse Used by God” with an original song “Where You Go” about a mouse who becomes a match -maker for Ruth and Boaz from the bible story out of the book of Ruth. We recorded at Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas July 27, 2017.

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We had a lot of fun singing this past summer. Hope you will check out all my books available on Amazon. Thank you for supporting local artists and authors.

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Thanks for stopping in. -Carol Dabney

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

June and July 2016 Carol and Rod Music

June 2016 we found ourselves singing at a country western show at Fox Ridge in North Little Rock. I loved the themed parties y’all. YeeHaw this was fun! Rod and I put on our cowboy hats and sang all our country and folk songs.

I went down south to Ft. Polk, Louisiana and read and sang to my grand daughter Aliyah’s school on the Army base while awaiting the arrival on a new grandchild. Aliyah has helped me present this story several times now from Hawaii to Virginia about her military mommy, the title of the book is of course, “Military Mommy.”

When I got back to Little Rock, we sang at Elmcroft for their Birthday party.

Happy 4th of July at Elmcroft in Maumelle and Brookdale in Little Rock.

Hawaiian summer reading program with stories, songs, and hula at the Maumelle Public Library was lots of fun. We will be presenting a Christmas program December 10, 2016 at 11:30am.

Golfing in the library maybe a first at the Clinton’s Children’s library and learning center Summer reading program. Rod shows children how to putt and reads his first golfing story called “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course.” I’ll tell you, they were very interested and had alot of fun.

Then of course we had to do a bit of hula because we always do during the summer programs and its expected and all the kids get out there and have lots of fun. Some of our Arkansas kids have never seen the ocean, so I enjoy telling them all about my beloved Hawaii, where I lived for 15 years.

All our Hawaiian, military and golf stories are found on Amazon.  “Military Mommy” by Carol Dabney and “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course” by Rod Ragsdale. Please check out all our storybooks for Children and consider them for Christmas gifts. Thank you for your support. We have two new Christmas books this year: “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course -Book Four -Golfing with Santa.” and “Santa’s North Pole Princess”

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Rod and I will be singing: at Holiday House Santa event at the Arkansas State Convention Center downtown Little Rock Saturday November 12 from 9-noon; at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas tree lighting with Santa Saturday December 3 from 6-8pm; at the Maumelle Library Saturday Dec 10 at 11:30am, and Clinton Children’s Library Monday December 19 at 11am.

 

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.

Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney

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

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