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Hooray Miss Marae’s newest podcast story and first music single, Can a Camel Dance?, raises a silly question that families will have fun pondering. The answer of course, is yes, as this particular camel is musically inclined to shake his tail and hooves. Zeus, the camel not only loves to dance, but has a unique way of being mindful and living in the moment. Singer, songwriter and story maker Alison Marae hopes her story and song can be a teaching moment for parents and teachers.
” Zeus the camel has a unique sense of self and isn’t afraid to express it. His actions might seem silly to the animals on the farm where he lives, but Zeus marches to the beat of his own drum. He’s moved to dance by the symphony of sounds in his everyday world, ” she notes.
Recorded in their home music studio during the Covid-19 health pandemic, partners Alison Marae and Wil Forbis have been creating and performing music together for the last 9 years. Wil recorded, arranged and mixed an assortment of sounds ranging from a Mardi Gras tuba, jazzy walking bass, quirky electric piano and catchy hand claps giving Zeus the camel and his listeners a musical parade to march along to. Miss Marae’s melodic vocals, sassy ukulele and catchy lyrics, shine through on her debut children’s single.
Can a Camel Dance? song will be released on all music streaming platforms, August 1, 2020. Podcast story is available now on Apple and Spotify Podcasts. Plans for a children’s book and more music singles to be released into a full album are in the works.
Hooray Miss Marae (aka Alison Marae) writes quirky songs with her ukulele. She creates songs featuring characters or experiences from her original, children stories. Her new podcast, Musical Stories with Hooray Miss Marae can be heard on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Alison has co-written and performed three original children’s musicals (Rhythm Red Riding Hood, The Fairy and the Dragon and The Holiday Show) with partner Wil Forbis. Together they’ve performed around the world with performances in Paris, London, NYC, Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego and fun little towns in between.
As an educator in both music and dance, Miss Marae been guiding students of all ages for two decades to feel empowered and happy through the expression of their heart and soul. She has taught and created her own programs for children, teens and adults in music/dance studios, public school arts outreach and as staff for professional dance and music studios throughout San Diego. Currently she teaches private music lessons and group classes in San Diego. During the stay at home orders, she has been teaching her private students online.
Before her discovery of writing and performing children’s music, she released an album for adults of original songs and jazz standards, receiving a San Diego Music Award nomination in 2014. She is a former professional contemporary dancer and choreographer.