Crystal Thomas is a Shreveport-based songwriter, singer and trombonist who regularly performs around Louisiana. A performer of the blues and gospel, you can find her (if not in churches) at various clubs like Southern Soul Lounge and at the venerated Monday Night Blues Jam at Lee's in Shreveport.
In this episode of Confetti Park, Crystal shares a delightful story about how her desire to perform overcame her lack of musical know-how when she was just a child.
"I was in the third grade and we had a Mother’s Day Program and they wanted everyone to participate. Being a music lover, I was like, 'Well I’ll play the piano!'
'I couldn't play the piano….didn’t know how to play the piano! But my love for music…prompted me to getup to the piano, sit down and play. And everyone loved it. I think they applauded more because I had the gumption, the nerve…..I basically made up a song on the spot, in front of the entire school.'"
Crystal goes on to explain that she believes her music memory can serve as an example for children to not be afraid to dream big.
“Never be afraid to push and follow your dreams," says Crystal. "Shoot for the stars, and wherever hard work takes you, apply yourself. You can achieve and accomplish anything.”
“Follow me to the garden! Let’s check out the magic of nature!”
Rosemary the Garden Fairy shares gardening tips and natural lore with children.
Did you know that some plants can tell time?
A wonderful project would be for you to plant a time-telling garden, full of morning glories, four o’clocks, and moon flowers. You will see that your beautiful morning glories open their temper purple blue petals at dawn. The four o’clocks uncurl their bright pink faces in the afternoon, and guess when the moon flower blooms?
Something amazing: these flowers can even be placed in a dark closet and still bloom at the right time for several days.
In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear a special childhood memory from Judy Caplan Ginsburgh of Alexandria, Louisiana, an internationally recognized and multi-award winning performer, recording artist and educator.
Judy sings as a cantorial soloist and travels throughout North America presenting concerts, residencies, educational keynotes and workshops. Judy works actively in both Jewish and non-Jewish settings and she has developed a number of interactive, educational performances and arts-in-education residencies for school-age children. She has been creating children's music since 1981!
Judy shares how important the validation of adults can be when it comes to nurturing a child's natural talents and interests, and how an experience that happened when she was just eight years old set her on a career in music!
Says Judy: "We had a music teacher who came to our school maybe every other week, and she would do music with all the children in the school.
At one point our local symphony here in Rapides parish needed a children’s chorus… and they auditioned people at our elementary school.
I remember a gentleman coming, he listened to all of us, and we sang, I think, “Happy Birthday.” And we sang in groups of like five. And he walked in front of us and listened to us, and picked certain people to be in this children’s chorus.
I was one of those that was picked, when I was about 8 years old, and at that moment, I knew that I was good. That my voice was good. Someone had validated me…..
I’m still in touch with this gentleman, by the way, and I always tell him that he’s responsible for making sure that I went into music as my career.”
Thank you, Judy, for sharing your childhood music memory with Confetti Park!