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Hey there! Jersey born - currently livin' in Sacramento, California (US). Growing up I always had a passion for art & music, now I get to have them be a part of my life everyday! Being Simply Music's Art Director/Senior Designer and mom to my son, I live a very busy life and I just can't help it, I like to share.

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Repurposed Pianos

A Repurposed Piano Can Make Art, Furniture & More

The other day, Leon, Neil Moore’s son and my coworker, shared this super cool image of an old repurposed piano in our office chat [We use a software called Slack to communicate across the Simply Music Team]. And it totally inspired me!! This image, plus…

Quality Sleep

Find the Best Music for Sleep [A Personal Journey]

What do WE listen to, to soothe ourselves? We listen to music for more than just pure entertainment. We also listen to music to help with relaxation and to decompress from the day, but furthermore for good, quality sleep. From classical and ambient music to…

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Meet the Team – Master Teacher, Laurie Richards

We asked Laurie Richards some questions to gain some insight into her role here at Simply Music, what lights her up musically and some facts that make her the wonderful person she is. Laurie and her daughter, Leah, just being their fun selves. Your full…

Paintings

The Piano – A Common Subject in Famous Paintings

I have spent my lifetime learning and exposing myself to the arts on all levels (paintings, music, dance – any way I could really). Being exposed to so much variety was a greater gift than I knew at the time. I didn’t know how lucky I…

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Meet The Team – Jose Rivera

We asked Jose Rivera some questions to gain some insight into his role here at Simply Music, what lights him up musically and some facts that make him the person he is. Your full name: Jose Benjamin Rivera When did you start and what is…

Lullabies - Dreamland

Lullabies – Why Do I Sing Them to My Son?

As far as we know, parents have always sung their children to sleep. It’s understood that for a young child the melodies and rhythms of simple songs add to the already profoundly comforting experience of a familiar voice. And the comfort can go the other…

Meet the Team – Stacie Davison

We asked Stacie Davison some questions to gain some insight into her role here at Simply Music, what lights her up musically and some facts that make her the person she is. Your full name: Stacie Lynn Davison When did you start and what is…

Meet the Team – Gretta Dunn

There have been many professional and semi-professional musicians on the Simply Music team. Gretta Dunn is one of them, forging a growing career as an alt-country singer-songwriter (as Gretta Ziller) around her work for us. We asked her some questions to gain some insight into…

Painted Pianos

Some human beings just can’t get enough creativity. It’s not enough to have the most amazing music machine to play, now it seems there’s the irresistible urge to get visually creative with it as well! Perhaps inspired by the wonderful Play Me, I’m Yours project,…

Songwriting – Branding Yourself as a Musician

In our May issue, Katie Schmidt wrote a great article: Promoting and Releasing Your Songs. Here, we take that information a little deeper and give you some really specific ideas on how to brand yourself (musician or band) in order to produce results. The main…