Thankful for 2019

2019 has been such a fun and adventurous year for us. Rod and I were blessed with so many more wonderful opportunities to travel around the state of Arkansas and sing at festivals, schools and senior centers. We are very excited to announce that after working hard the past five years on composing and recording we now have released our debut country album. “Rod and Carol Country Music” which will be available to hear at CDBaby and YouTube in a few short weeks.

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Carol and Rod Patriotic

We have used this fun picture for all our business cards so naturally it became the front of our Cd album cover. It was taken by Cindy Reyes at a patriotic program we sang for at the Children’s Library and Learning Center in Little Rock.

Patriotic Rod and I sang a patriotic program at the Jacksonville Air Force Base Children’s Library in the summer time 2018 and 2019.

We attended the June 3, 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards and were thrilled to see nominations for Darian Stribling -producer/engineer (from where we record at Blue chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas) and Tim Crouch who won The fiddler of the year award. He has played violin and several other instruments on every single one of our songs. All I can say is we have been blessed -Awesome!

Oh our album has one song that is a standard. It was the very first song I recorded in Nashville when I was a teenager, It is beautiful and the title of it is “ARKANSAS” composed by Damon Black in the 70’s. I choose to record it again because I loved it so much. Its about a young girl and her memories about a 40 acre farm. I was raised on a 40 acre farm in Madison county. I milked goats. We had about 40 goats and many had to be milked every day, twice. I remember my life on the farm fondly.

The other songs on the album are composed and recorded by Rod Ragsdale and myself. titles: “Something I Never Had” “Nothings Better Than You” Thought Wed Have More Time” Full of Class” “Where You Go” “Soldier” and “Clapping Hands”

We sang at the Arkansas Goat Festival this past October held in PerryVille. Wow must have been 8,000 people by days end, plus goats.

 

I sang the national anthem for the Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure.  Craig O’Niell from channel 11 TVNews was the MC.  We also see him every year when he becomes the star of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and we are the Who-Ville singers. Actually after five years Rod got pretty excited to show off our new Cd to The Grinch. The two men always sit here in between shows and share a joke or two, it has become tradition.

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Singing at the Arkansas Goat Festival in Perryville, Arkansas October 2019.

Singing at a family Christmas banquet at Brookdale senior living in Little Rock.

I love recording in the studio and being creative with a brand new song idea. Engineer Darian Stribling is amazing and we lean on him for advise for much of it. Tim Crouch adds all the finishing instrumental touches. We are very blessed to have such a great team.

Banjo from Victory radio in North Little Rock invited us to sing live one afternoon and we ended up talking and singing for almost the whole two hour show. Banjo was and still is a great entertainer and a really nice fellow to call our friend. I use to be a disc jockey when I lived in Hawaii.  It was fun being in this studio and seeing how things have changed now that things are more digital. I really enjoyed being a disc jockey.

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We got into the elevator one day at FoxRidge Senior Living and this sign was taped up next to all the months activities. We are regulars for a many Happy Hours at senior Centers around Central Arkansas. A very fun time to sing, tell jokes and stories to some of the kindest audiences ever. Plus this wonderful golden generation thinks that we are just youngsters. We most often leave with big smiles on our faces from something someone said or did. Always so glad we came.

We also got to travel much more around the state this past year and hope to expand in 2020. (I guess we better do it while we are still ‘youngsters’.) Also with Little Rock, NLR, Maumelle, Bryant, Sherwood, and Conway, we also sang in Star City, Pine Bluff, Camden, Perryville, and Hot Springs. We are very hopeful to get up to Northeast Arkansas and Madison county in 2020.

When we are in Camden we always stop in at Woods Place to have lunch. Highly recommended. Thanks to James and Patty Woods, owners and friends.

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Well these are just some of the over 140 times we sang this past year at festivals, senior centers, schools, libraries, churches, book stores and radio shows. As well as highlights such as the Arkansas State capital, Holiday House, Children’s Library GrinchFest, The Little Rock Zoo, The Good Earth Pumpkin Festival, Outlet Stores, Jacksonville Air Force Base and Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure. We are thankful for so many who took part in having us be apart of these special events. We love music and the opportunities it gives us to interact with the young and the young at heart.

We hope you will check out our music by going to YouTube and CdBaby online. May God richly bless you in this brand new decade -The Roaring ’20’s has come again!

God has been good to us. He has met our needs and kept us healthy to continue. (I had a medical emergency this past summer which landed me in the hospital for five days. It was a serious situation and I did not take for granted my recovery. More about that later.)

We are thankful for our life’s work and finding each other.

Thankful for our families, (My youngest son graduated from college and is an RN that works at the Arkansas Heart Hospital.  My five children and I added it up and realized that we have had a someone, including me, in college for the last 20 years – happy end of an era. More about that later.)

I am thankful for my job as a music teacher at Saint Mark’s and all the children and teachers that make my life absolutely joyful.

Rod and I are thankful for this great country America, where we have opportunity like no other.

We pray that our music  and stories will touch people and that sometimes we will cause them to sing and laugh along the way.

Blessing to you

Carol and Rod

Fall Pumpkin paintings and Festival story time

The 2019 fall festivals are beginning soon. It makes me want to paint pumpkins. Happy ones. I will be reading “The Happy Pumpkin” for story time Saturday Oct 19, 2019 at the Good Earth Garden Center in Little Rock from 11-2. This pumpkin festival is a free family event. Bring your young children and gather round to hear a pumpkin story. A happy one. Sing some fun fall Halloween and harvest time songs. You may want to purchase pumpkins from the Good Earth along with a storybook from me with a pumpkin painting, one that makes you happy!  Painted by Miss Carol. Here are some samples, along with the storybook, which is now available on Amazon kindle.

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Painting pumpkins at home.

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pumpkin book display

 

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Just one click will help you to preview the kindle ebook version of the Happy Pumpkin.

Thank you for supporting local authors and artists. Hope to see you at the Good Earth Event Oct 19.

Happy Fall ya’ll -Carol Dabney

 

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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

 

Fall 2017

 

This year 2017, my canvas paintings and stationary cards for Arkansas cotton was selected to be displayed in the Plantation Agricultural State Museum in Scott, Arkansas.

These are are some of the artwork that is displayed. My father’s first job as a young boy was picking cotton. This state attraction is located south of Little Rock, Arkansas at 4815 AR-161 in Scott.

Rod and I also sang there for the tractor expo, and sold some books, paintings and music.

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Then it was time for story-telling and “The Happy Pumpkin” storybook, which I revised this year into a BIG BOOK and added some more art.

I have a great deal of fun reading this story and singing through harvest time, Halloween and into Thanksgiving about a Pilgrim named Jack who sails to the new world to plant a pumpkin seed with a big idea about sharing his pumpkin seeds. A tribute to the American farmer. Oh my, Jack must water through the intense heat and watch over that little sprout through wind and weather till it finally grows to be a huge happy pumpkin. Thank you American farmers for all you do. Jack, like you, had a desire to feed a nation. Then, in his sharing, he receives what he hoped for most, someone to share his life with. Oh the simple pleasures of life- FAMILY! A wonderful book about hard work, sharing and faith. Book also has some healthy pumpkin treats, and see the seeds come out and a jack-o-lantern with a candle made into this happy pumpkin. Celebrate Thanksgiving by reading this book to your family year after year.

click link below to see all my storybooks.

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

 

Thank you for supporting artists like myself. To all Happy Fall. -Carol Dabney

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

There were fall festivals and schools and libraries to read and sing at.

I teach music at my school in the mornings, but if you live in central Arkansas, I am available to come and read for your child’s classroom, school assembly or event in the afternoons. Let me know. Have a bless fall.

Holiday Books written and illustrated by Carol Dabney.

Happy Thanksgiving

The weather is changing, the leaves are falling and it has that holiday feeling in the air. It just all happens so fast. In October Halloween was fun and our school has Miss Pickle Witch who serves pickles with stories in the library. I am reading my  Happy Pumpkin Patch at various schools and selling my little books at fall festivals.

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Pumpkins are everywhere and they are beautiful.

In November Mr. Rod comes to share stories for Veteran’s Day at our school and we also went to Whole Food Kid’s Club this year and a few others schools. He talks about his submarine while he served in the navy. We sing patriotic songs and wave flags. We love singing patriotic songs. We are blessed to be American.

That means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. My Happy Pumpkin, Patch is still being read to welcome in this wonderful holiday. It is about how to plant pumpkins and take care of them, how to make a jack-o-lantern and make healthy treats.

The book  is about having faith, and patience. It’s about a pilgrim named Jack, and how he protects his one pumpkin so when it has grown big he can share the many seeds with all his nieghbors so years to come all others will be able to have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day.

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How the pilgrims and Indians celebrated harvest time and Thanksgiving. This book for very young children is good for reading as a family before eating your Thanksgiving meal. It’s in poetic form the whole family will enjoy. I illustrated with very simple watercolor artwork. Get the book, bring it out and read it every year from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Thank you for your support.

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pumpkin-Patch-childrens-Thanksgiving/dp/1480236675/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Yes, I love reading my stories at schools, classrooms or assemblies. I read at festivals and libraries and churches and would love to come to your program. Let me know.

Be the pumpkin.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Make a Jack-O-Lantern smile, share and eat the seeds and pumpkin pie, Be thankful and be a blessing. -Carol