Music Mommy is creating music & music videos
2
patrons
$24
per month
I'm basically an old-school nerd who grew up with my nose in a book, surfacing to practice just enough piano to keep me out of trouble at my next lesson. My habit of altering notes and chords of syllabus music to make them sound more 'interesting' did not endear me to my piano teachers. Luckily, I discovered that when you grow up you get play whatever you want on the piano. :D

I became a ballet pianist which is the best job in the world because you are an integral part of a creative organic process that changes every time you sit down at the piano. You have the amazing job of trying to convey emotions, purpose, and present a narrative to your audience without saying a single word. It is this artistic challenge that I find so appealing and why I love to explore character studies and storytelling at the piano.

Experimenting with music also why I love to tinker with covers. Unraveling music and re-imagining familiar melodies in unfamiliar surroundings can lead to unexpectedly beautiful outcomes. It's always fascinating to me how subtly changing one or two chords or the rhythm of a piece can change the entire feel of it - this is especially true in a ballet setting, where, for example, you have the freedom to play a pop or metal song in a grand allegro waltz form and unlock a whole other side of the music. There is a quote I love by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters: "That's one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they'll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons." And, I would add, in almost as many ways.

I've been composing since my teens but the origin story of my youtube channel lies with my children. As they grew into novel-readers and shared favorite books with me, I put together little musical projects as gifts for them, re-telling the story through my music and their artwork and posting it on youtube as a surprise. When my daughter began reading the Wings of Fire books, a series of novels featuring dragons by Tui T. Sutherland, I adapted the text of the series' prophecy into song and created an accompanying music video to share the lyrics. I then discovered that this book I'd never heard of before has a very large and very enthusiastic fan base, and I suddenly had a very specific new hobby - writing music and making videos for dragons.

After 42 Wings of Fire-related videos I've now covered 12 books, 15 main characters, a rich trove of lore and backstory, and with the release of the newest book in July 2018 (The Lost Continent) I'm just getting started! As it stands now the Music Mommy channel has 2.4k subscribers and over a million views. Wow. Thanks, my fellow dragon lovers! :D I've also created music and music videos for everything from Warriors cats and vampires to Pokemon and the Franklin Expedition. Themes for fan characters (OC's) are a favorite project, and I also have a collection of sacred music and choral works for children. Through my synthesia tutorials and sheet music publication I've been able to share the Wings of Fire music and my very favorite thing is hearing from fans who've told me that they've prepared one of my pieces for a recital or a competition. (And props to the piano teacher who allows a student to prep an obscure youtube composer's piece over a Chopin Etude at year-end!)

So now onto my next collaboration - a Patreon campaign! Thanks for taking interest in my music and helping me to invest in my channel with better tech - the more tools I have and know how to use the more polished my projects will be (and the faster they'll be produced)! I hope that somewhere in my collection of work is a piece or two that speaks to you, or encourages you to pick up a book or draw a picture . . . because every time we can inspire art and emotion in others than we keep this incredible cycle of creativity going. Thanks for being part of the circle!

Gretchen

Here's quick links to my playlists for easy browsing:

 




Tiers
Pantala Peeps
$1 or more per month
Welcome to the Pantala Peeps! Let me say thank you for supporting my work by adding your name to my video credits so the whole world can see what an awesome fan you are.
Pearl Winglet
$2 or more per month
Check out your your name in the video credits plus gain access to exclusive patron-only content like tutorials, WIP's and live recordings. You will also get first access to all new videos before they hit youtube.
Jade Mountain Alumni
$5 or more per month
Receive all the benefits of above plus 3 free pieces of sheet music. You will also receive ghost hugs (you can't see or feel them but they're there . . . )
Patronets of Destiny
$25 or more per month only 2 left
All the benefits of above plus after 4 months as a patron receive a 3-minute custom composition and vid for your OC. You supply the artwork and the inspiration and I'll help you tell your character's story as a thank you for the amazing support you've shown for my work. (An OC theme vid requires a substantial amount of composing, recording and editing time so there is a limit of 3 patron projects right now.)
Goals
$24 of $50 per month
After launching a Patreon campaign in September 2018 I have been fortunate enough (with the help of one special donor in particular) to have raised the $2400 to buy a laptop with recording & mixing software. Goal met, I'd now like to use this platform to support my fellow artists on deviantART. As such all Patreon funds raised will be going back into the fanart community. Those of you familiar with my work know that incorporating original art is a staple of my music videos. All artists dream of one day being able to earn a living from their craft; being rewarded for your work in a tangible way is not only a validation of your effort but an encouragement to continue pursuing your dream. As I embark on my next big Wings of Fire project, a Lost Continent MAP (multi artist project) I will be using my monthly Patreon income to purchase deviantART points with which to compensate the artists involved. It will allow me, in a meaningful way, to thank the artists whose work is so integral to my own. Supporting my work on Patreon means support for the Wings of Fire fandom; new content we can all enjoy is definitely worth backing and I look forward to the development of many amazing collaborations yet to come.
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I'm basically an old-school nerd who grew up with my nose in a book, surfacing to practice just enough piano to keep me out of trouble at my next lesson. My habit of altering notes and chords of syllabus music to make them sound more 'interesting' did not endear me to my piano teachers. Luckily, I discovered that when you grow up you get play whatever you want on the piano. :D

I became a ballet pianist which is the best job in the world because you are an integral part of a creative organic process that changes every time you sit down at the piano. You have the amazing job of trying to convey emotions, purpose, and present a narrative to your audience without saying a single word. It is this artistic challenge that I find so appealing and why I love to explore character studies and storytelling at the piano.

Experimenting with music also why I love to tinker with covers. Unraveling music and re-imagining familiar melodies in unfamiliar surroundings can lead to unexpectedly beautiful outcomes. It's always fascinating to me how subtly changing one or two chords or the rhythm of a piece can change the entire feel of it - this is especially true in a ballet setting, where, for example, you have the freedom to play a pop or metal song in a grand allegro waltz form and unlock a whole other side of the music. There is a quote I love by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters: "That's one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they'll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons." And, I would add, in almost as many ways.

I've been composing since my teens but the origin story of my youtube channel lies with my children. As they grew into novel-readers and shared favorite books with me, I put together little musical projects as gifts for them, re-telling the story through my music and their artwork and posting it on youtube as a surprise. When my daughter began reading the Wings of Fire books, a series of novels featuring dragons by Tui T. Sutherland, I adapted the text of the series' prophecy into song and created an accompanying music video to share the lyrics. I then discovered that this book I'd never heard of before has a very large and very enthusiastic fan base, and I suddenly had a very specific new hobby - writing music and making videos for dragons.

After 42 Wings of Fire-related videos I've now covered 12 books, 15 main characters, a rich trove of lore and backstory, and with the release of the newest book in July 2018 (The Lost Continent) I'm just getting started! As it stands now the Music Mommy channel has 2.4k subscribers and over a million views. Wow. Thanks, my fellow dragon lovers! :D I've also created music and music videos for everything from Warriors cats and vampires to Pokemon and the Franklin Expedition. Themes for fan characters (OC's) are a favorite project, and I also have a collection of sacred music and choral works for children. Through my synthesia tutorials and sheet music publication I've been able to share the Wings of Fire music and my very favorite thing is hearing from fans who've told me that they've prepared one of my pieces for a recital or a competition. (And props to the piano teacher who allows a student to prep an obscure youtube composer's piece over a Chopin Etude at year-end!)

So now onto my next collaboration - a Patreon campaign! Thanks for taking interest in my music and helping me to invest in my channel with better tech - the more tools I have and know how to use the more polished my projects will be (and the faster they'll be produced)! I hope that somewhere in my collection of work is a piece or two that speaks to you, or encourages you to pick up a book or draw a picture . . . because every time we can inspire art and emotion in others than we keep this incredible cycle of creativity going. Thanks for being part of the circle!

Gretchen

Here's quick links to my playlists for easy browsing:

 




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Tiers
Pantala Peeps
$1 or more per month
Welcome to the Pantala Peeps! Let me say thank you for supporting my work by adding your name to my video credits so the whole world can see what an awesome fan you are.
Pearl Winglet
$2 or more per month
Check out your your name in the video credits plus gain access to exclusive patron-only content like tutorials, WIP's and live recordings. You will also get first access to all new videos before they hit youtube.
Jade Mountain Alumni
$5 or more per month
Receive all the benefits of above plus 3 free pieces of sheet music. You will also receive ghost hugs (you can't see or feel them but they're there . . . )
Patronets of Destiny
$25 or more per month only 2 left
All the benefits of above plus after 4 months as a patron receive a 3-minute custom composition and vid for your OC. You supply the artwork and the inspiration and I'll help you tell your character's story as a thank you for the amazing support you've shown for my work. (An OC theme vid requires a substantial amount of composing, recording and editing time so there is a limit of 3 patron projects right now.)