In Memory of Barbara Castellano
Hi, Supporters and Friends,
This little end-of-year report is a follow up to the last time we wrote to you. As you may have guessed, we spent the last few months seeing it there might be a way to publish to Songs for Hope, Help, Healing and Comfort book through a major publisher, and as of last week, it has become clear that this will need to be an internal GITC production.
Some publishers have been doing their own versions of song collections that are uplifting, but they do not address the core issues families are facing these days, nor to they work for elementary classrooms. Many have a nostalgic twist that is great for those of us remembering the music of prior decades.
So, with your stalwart support, we are going to start creating and designing the book, clearing a handful of songs that are in copyright, and publishing our new versions of traditional songs with teacher-written lyrics. There is a lot to do, and a new year ahead!
We'll be checking in with a couple book creators we know, putting together the design and budget, and getting official musical charts written very soon. We will keep you posted, as always, and hope to have something to show you that will make you happy and proud to have funded the effort.
This will take some time to accomplish, but we don't plan on dilly dallying. The music is needed by students and teachers right now and your kindness and generosity will be fuel the determination and magic that gets things done.
Having gotten through the past 21 months of navigating through Covid and its variants, we are all better equipped to move through the current phase wisely and with care.
May each new challenge hold within it an opportunity, and may every opportunity reveal exciting possibilities and joy in 2022!
With love and gratitude for you,