It’s storytime from Confetti Park!
In this episode, we hear the sweet and clever tale of Little Laveau, narrated by the author, Erin Rovin.
Little Laveau is an enchanting little bedtime story set in the Louisiana bayou. Laveau is a lovable character who draws on her deep family roots and the magical environment for inspiration as she helps friends and animals.
In this adventure, Little Laveau’s friend Thomas is having bad dreams, and he doesn’t know what to do. Luckily, Little Laveau has just the cure!
“When you have a bad dream gather up all those bad thoughts and put them in a jar. Take that jar and sprinkle those dreams right down the drain. They flow through the rivers and out into the sea, the salt water washes them clean and takes out all the scary! Then they get swept up onto the beach as grains of sand where the sun warms the bad right out of them all day long. That’s what the beautiful beach is made of, bad dreams turned good and beautiful by the ocean and the sun.”
The book, available for sale online at the Book Patch, features enchanting and atmospheric watercolors by Katie Campbell.
Little Laveau is such a great character, and the idea for how she shares family recipes with her friends and readers is adorable. We cannot wait to see what new adventures are in store for Little Laveau!
Thank you so much Erin for sharing your story on Confetti Park.
Doreen Ketchens wails on clarinet on a street in New Orleans. Photo used with permission from http://doreensjazz.com/[/caption] Walking down Royal Street on a sunny afternoon, you are very likely to find Doreen Ketchens wailing on her clarinet, leading an enthusiastic band and delighting passersby with her vibrant personality and bold, joyful sound.
Doreen has been called "Queen Clarinet," "the female Louis Armstrong," and “Lady Louie.” She has a quick smile, an easygoing laugh and is always ready to entertain. She also has a dedication to promoting New Orleans culture and music. Doreen and her family (including husband Lawrence, a tuba, trombone and piano player) have traveled the world and performed for numerous U.S. presidents. Their daughter Dorian is only thirteen but is already a world-traveled jazz drummer. Music is part of this family.
In this episode of Confetti Park, Doreen shares a childhood memory… one about how music changed her life one unforgettable day at school.
"The teacher would ask one question. If you knew it, you passed, if you didn't you failed.... I was desteined for failure. I looked to the sky and said, 'Oh God, if you get me out of this, I will do anything.' About two minutes later the principal came on the loudspeaker and she said,'Anyone interested in joining the band, report to the band room immediately! And there I went!"
In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear an old folk tale told with Louisiana flair. This is the old-time tale of a little pine tree who cannot be satisfied with what she has. This pine tree wishes for new leaves, because she wants to be different from all the other pine trees.
Somehow she gets her wish one night,and wakes up covered in different kinds of leaves. Then the little pine tree finds that she has different kinds of problems.
If only this pine tree could realize how beautiful she is… We know that her green needles are so fragrant in the spring and summer. We appreciate the soft, quiet carpet created on the forest floor when she drops her needles. And we love the soothing song she sings when the wind blows through her needled treetop, high above us.
If only we all could see our beauty, as others see it in us, and be happy with who we are.
Thank you to Magpie Baccinelli for narrating this Louisiana folk tale for Confetti Park!
Terry "Foots" Quinn is a singer-songwriter from Bogalusa, Louisiana. Foots plays guitar and harmonica, and considers his biggest influences to be the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Allman Brothers, and rural blues and country players such as Jimmie Davis and Jimmie Rodgers. Foots is the nephew of an important pioneer of early jazz guitar named Snoozer Quinn.
Foots writes songs true to life growing up in the piney woods of Washington Parish. His descriptive lyrics capture the feelings, scenery and problems of small-town life, yet Foots always manages to bring a chuckle and point out the good things. He's also a railroad historian and afficionado, and has a large repertoire of train songs.
Here he shares a music memory with Confetti Park:
"My memory from way back is of a little drive-in chili bun stand called Floyd's—had curb service," says Foots. "They were playing 'Maybelline' over the loud speaker system, by Chuck Berry. It introduced me to some very fine rock n roll!"