Dancing Through the Seasons with Joanie Calem
I am a musician, singer/songwriter and teacher. I grew up in a family that loved to sing. Long car-trips were filled with hours of singing old folk, union, civil -rights and peace songs. As a teenager, I went overseas for a year abroad in Israel, and 22 years later, moved back to the United States! During that extended 'year,' I learned to sing Israeli folk songs, and dance to Palestinian drums and Egyptian violins. When I began teaching music, I realized that asking children to sit still went against their natural inclination to move. I discovered children learn and appreciate the music better when they are allowed to move. When my own children were born, I realized that before children can speak, they sing and dance, moving their whole bodies, humming along, often perfectly in tune! This collection of songs is dedicated to the hundreds of children who have danced their way through the seasons with me over the past number of years! A special thanks to my husband and children.........who put up with my glazed eyes and guitar and piano pounding when I am hatching a new song in my head!