Finally! After months of preparation, we all met in Toronto last week to record Bilingual Songs: English-Mandarin, vol. 2.
They say that a change is as good as a rest, and for me that proved true. Rather than battle the traffic back and forth from St. Catharines, I stayed in Toronto and felt like a tourist (at least at night when I wasnâ€™t working).
A big thank you to Vivian Xu, Winona Xunuo, Steven Xu, Eric Yang and Mark Shannon for spending endless hours to make sure that this recording will be outstanding.
Vivian Xu [left] and Winona Xunuo [right].
Now I can hardly wait! This album will be travelling in my handbag to the Beijing International Book Fair. I think that my friends and colleagues in China will be really impressed!
Many thanks to homeschooling mother, Leanne Seel, for writing this great review of our Bilingual English-French series! http://frenglishlearning.com/sara-jordans-bilingual-songs-cd-set-product-review/.
Leanne, mentioned that her favorite song on Volume 2, is about counting to 30 and the rabbits that keep multiplying in my backyard. That song makes me laugh too, Leanne, because that is exactly what things seemed like when I wrote that song!
Many years ago, I was a street busker. I knew all of the best places in Toronto to perform. I even knew which pieces of music would be the most popular. It was a really great introduction to becoming a performer.
Now, street busking has become very global. I was admiring the playing of a great guitarist on YouTube. Some viewers said that if they had seen him, they would have emptied their pockets, just to hear him play.
In case you don’t happen to be in Europe where he’s performing, I noticed that he includes his bank account and paypal information for international donations. How far we have come! We are all truly global citizens.Â
We have some exciting news. After months of collaborative work with Eric Yang and his wife Vivian (both from China and now living in Toronto) we will soon be recording the second volume of Bilingual Songs: English-Mandarin. We’ll also be releasing new Learning Kits (for both volumes one and two) which will include 64 page resource books, with group activities and individual exercises reinforcing everything learned in the songs. Last weekend, Vivian, Eric and I enjoyed a walk in the sunshine after a hard day’s work on volume 2!
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We’ve just finished producing a new video about our friend and inspiration, Silvia Saga de Pineda who, in 2004, started a school in her garage to teach underprivileged children in her poor Guatemalan community. The school, Centro Educativo Amigos de JesÃºs, has since grown and moved out of her garage. But now, because of new government regulations, it is in danger of closing. Silvia and the children her school serves need your help.
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Congratulations to Sistema Toronto, the intensive social development program which transforms the lives of children through the pursuit of musical excellence. Sistema Toronto was recently featured on the CBC. You can view it here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Toronto/Our+Toronto/ID/2428179342/
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Iâ€™m excited to announce that our album, Bilingual Songs: English-Spanish, vol. 1, is in the #1 spot in the Amazon Childrenâ€™s Latin Music Category. Amazon only lists the top 100 of each category. But of all those listed, our album is #1.
Kudos to Shantall Young Oneto, Ricky Franco Velasco, Agustina Tocalli-Beller, and Mark Shannon who were all instrumental in making this album great.
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Ricky Franco [top left], Shantall Young [top right], Mark Shannon [bottom left] and Mark, Me and Shantall after a recording session [bottom right].