Winifred came to be when I was travelling with my three year old grandson in France. He would continually ask for me to tell him a story. Winifred, who always ended up in the barn eating dry hay for a week became the favourite character. The YouTube video is two of those stories. Illustrated by my daughter, Evelyn Morales. You can purchase Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions of the story on Gumroad for $.99
The ten Joe Rock stories were produced in English, Spanish, and French, with the user able to choose different reading levels and flip back and forward between languages. The stories had a read-to-me mode and a pop-up dictionary built in. Each story contained a song (also in three languages) The stories were produced for PC, Mac, and iPad. No longer in production, they are viewable on line. (They will work on browsers that support Adobe Flash) Book One Book 2 Book Three
Click the image for a YouTube version of the Pirate Song - one of my favourites. The most inportant thing is how you say Yaarrr!
This was a story/song with animated elements. It took the form of a poem.
"Winter moon on snow so white,
Set up the tree put on the lights . . .
At the end of the book, we set the entire story to song, which I remember singing with the kindergarten classes at school that year.
There was a move by town council to take 100 hectares of agricultural land out of the provincial land reserve. Many in the community were opposed, but the council was intransigent. Erin asked if I would be interested in writing a song. Three days later, song and video were done. I don't know if it helped, but the town council was removed at the next election. I did have lots of fun doing the song!
Circle of Grace
In thirty years of being involved in church music, I penned a large number of songs. I'd never got around to recording any but this one. Maybe some day.