Saturday - February 4, 2017
Saturday, February 4th Guest SpeakerDonald Abrams
Donald Abrams is a musician, artist, Music Therapist, and author. His debut publication is a children's book,
The Musical Rainbow Story.
The story, about a young boy's quest to play the Happy Birthday song, is meant to be read to the child by a parent or teacher. The child follows the story action by viewing the colorful story illustrations.
After the story has been read to the child, the reader and child get to experience the hands-on playing of the Happy Birthday song. They will be guided by lettered notes and keys, as well as by an online video demonstration of the playing of the song.
The free website -
http://virtualpiano.net - assures that a free online keyboard is available to those without access to a piano.
Donald graduated from SUNY New Paltz (1980), B.S. Music Therapy. He has been a Hermosa Beach resident since 1981 and has worked in sales of frozen gourmet foods for 33 years, while pursuing his creative projects. Writing poems and stories since childhood, he has also composed solo piano music, and composed music and lyrics for songs over the decades.
His tribute to two beloved characters from the first and second seasons of Downton Abbey, is "William & Daisy's Love Song," which is on YouTube.
His current children's book release was made partly possible by following the steps outlined in the Beth Whittenbury book, "How To Self Publish A Book in 10 Easy Steps." However, the journey has been a long and winding road, as the Beatles song says. Donald will share with us the ups, downs, roadblocks, and inspirations along that road-so as to point out how his experiences and discoveries might help you to avoid mistakes and make positive decisions regarding your own literary efforts.
Some of you who attended the Sunderland's summer SWM picnic may recall Donald's reading of his reminisce titled, "On Stage, at the Stage Deli," based on his work history at that historic Manhattan eatery.
See more of his book project at: