Here at Let’s Learn With style we are huge fans of music. We listen to music while we do lessons, yoga, make our Sunday morning breakfast and as we drift off to sleep. Our favorite time to use it is during lessons. I have been using music to help my students since I was a classroom teacher. It is said that music can improve your mood, help you concentrate, make you smarter, help determine your personality type and even make you sleepy.
Both of my kids are music lovers. My son can play the harmonica and is currently learning the ukulele. My daughter is learning to read music and play keyboard. They also both enjoy musical theater. My son has starred in several productions and my daughter just debuted in her first production!
Music adds so much to our lives. When I was asked to review Road to Dreamland by Jane Roman Pitt, I was overjoyed. This is a beautiful collection of original and classic songs. Jane has a beautiful soothing voice that has an airy, elegant quality to it. She sounds a bit like a folk singer and reminds me of Kathy Mattea. These songs are great not only for bedtime but would also be great for relaxation and de-stressing. We find this is the perfect selection for our afternoon yoga. I also had the pleasure of interviewing Jane for this post. Read below to find out more about this amazing vocalist!
When did you first become interested in music/singing?
Right from the beginning. Music was in the air—my parents were musicians—so it was a natural thing to start singing along. That’s why I encourage parents to have lots of music playing, even before a baby is born!
Which instruments do you play?
I play guitar and piano. I loved playing oboe when I was in high school but it didn’t work to play it and sing at the same time, and singing won out.
What was the first song you learned?
At the age of four I used to stand on a table and sing pretend opera to my big sister, who was very patient with me (and still is). The first real song I remember was a lullaby about running away with the stars and moon.
Do you have a musical family?
Yes, I was very lucky to grow up in Oberlin, Ohio, where my dad was a student at the music conservatory and my mom sang in the local opera company. We would have spontaneous chamber music gatherings in the living room on weekends
Which famous vocalist do you admire?
Do I have to pick one? It’s like picking your favorite child! Frank Sinatra, Adele, Aretha, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Alicia Keys, Linda Ronstadt, Renee Fleming, etc.!
Who was your most influential music teacher?
I’m very grateful to my high school choir conductor because he really encouraged me to sing, and helped me get a scholarship to a summer music camp.
What are your best musical memories?
Being in the recording studio with great musicians, collaborating and creating something new together.
Are you influenced by old music?
There is so much music that’s timeless in all genres, because whatever has real value will last. I get inspiration from the melodies and messages of older music. I love all eras of classical music, old lullabies, traditional folk songs, and old jazz.
How often do you perform in public?
I sing with a choir, and as a soloist, on a regular basis. I sometimes perform as Lady Lullaby—the concert is called “Lady Lullaby’s Pajama Party for Grownups”!
Do you get nervous before a performance?
Nervous/excited for sure, but once things start all is fine. It’s the connection with the audience that makes it fun.
How often do you practice?
I sing and play something most every day just to keep in shape, and for the joy of it.
Have you ever taught music or vocals?
Yes, I’ve taught middle school music and college level music. I have incredible respect and admiration for teachers of every subject!
How do you balance your music with other obligations such as family?
Family comes first for me. A music career can be challenging if you’re always on the road, so I didn’t do much of that when my children were growing up. I found other ways to make music that didn’t require much travel: recording, songwriting, and composing.
What advice would you give to beginners?
Find a good teacher and/or other musicians to teach, encourage, and support you, and just keep making and enjoying music!
Is there a message you want to leave with my readers?
We humans are meant to make music—it’s a natural instinct. So sing—and don’t say you can’t! Lullabies are a warm, wonderful, and safe way to give the gift of music to those you love.
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I was not financially compensated for this post. I received this product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.