As one would suspect, my imagination is an active, busy and colorful place. Characters, stories and clever humor catapult me into lyric writing so often that I'm never not creating. Like, right at this moment, there are 3 new CDs (with 20-26 tracks on each) in production AND there are close to 75 songs, dances and games just waiting to either be written, recorded or further worked on in the Music Monkey Jungle Studios.
I used active imagination, imagery and lyric writing as tools to help young minds delve into creative writing with me, in the heat of the music classroom. Because, as an elementary music teacher in a public school district, all support staff and special area teachers were called upon to "support the school's writing, reading and/or math goals". And, without Reading, English, Language Arts, Math and Science, MUSIC can't exist.
The creation of Fifi, Fester, Neil the Bird, the Happy Dance Trees, Hercules the Ladybug, the rainbow flowers, puffy white clouds and imagery of Music Monkey Jungle were the focal points of our creative writing and lyric creating conversations.