Adrienne''s love of music goes back practically to birth. Her parents originally met because they shared the same voice coach. Her father was a choir director, and her mother a member of the original Orange County Choraliers. Adrienne began singing with the local children''s choir when she was six. As a teenager, she taught herself how to play guitar, and dreamed of becoming a recording artist one day. The realities of raising her daughters and earning a living put those dreams on hold.
Through it all, music remained an important part of her life. It gave her a way to cope when times got tough. By the late nineteen eighties, Adrienne was back on-stage as a choir member and a big band soloist. With a desire to write and sing her own songs, T her dream was still very much alive.
At the urging of family and friends, she continued writing songs and began performing at local coffee houses on "open microphone" nights. It was here she began to develop her unique storytelling style.
After a year of live performing, Adrienne was surprised to discover that she had a core of enthusiastic fans. Paid engagements began to follow, while local charities sought her talents for fundraising events, and fans clamored for an album. She teamed up with husband David and formed Eagle Canyon Music, an independent recording studio located in Coto de Caza, California. (Now located in Lebanon Tennessee).
David set to work on Adrienne''s first collection of recorded original songs. Drawn from street violence, world news, and the confidences of friends, these songs cover the breadth of the human condition.
Her listeners frequently remark on her sensitive and passionate interpretations of music, commenting, "You made me cry - I really felt that song inside." Adrienne''s response is always the same - a smile, heartfelt thank you, and the quiet comment, "Well, if the music spoke to you, then I did a good job."
In her first CD project Colors of Survival, Adrienne sings these stories in a style that is both introspective, and also universal. Since the release of Colors of Survival, her unique storytelling style has developed to include subjects ranging from patriotism to personal faith in God.
One Last Good-bye
A first love dies an anguished death. Nothing hurts quite like the realization that it is over, gone, and never coming back.
Parents bring their children to the health department every day, where I work as a Public Health Nurse. I see the work of "taggers everywhere, and hear about drive-by shootings.. As I think about the violence in so many lives, I remember all the men and women who have fought in wars to keep Americans free, some giving their lives in the effort. To see young people killing each other over "turf," is heartbreaking. Hector has dreams of a better life.
Her Time Is Her Own
When we reach a place in our lives that is comfortable, or safe, time tends to go on without us. Sometimes we put off doing things that would help us grow. Sometimes, we just get tired.
One of Those Faces
People mistake identities all the time, sometimes with humorous results. This story is about one such encounter.
Many fathers start businesses, hoping to pass on to their sons a source of security and pride. This is the story of one man, and the two sons who did not share his dream. They went on to forge their own bright careers. Their Father is proud.
Colors of Survival
This song was started after the earthquake in Kobe, Japan, and finished after the bombing in Oklahoma. The resilience of people, coupled with the regeneration of nature, are continual sources of amazement to me. They reinforce my faith, and remind me that all things are part of a plan, even if we do not see the grand design.
Child abuse has gone on since long before it became a cause for public outcry. Children have coped, some better than others. Some grow up to be keepers of secrets they do not know they possess. Unless, or until, something reminds them.
Believing the Lie
Anyone who has dealt with an unfaithful lover, a "chemically challenged" friend or family member, or a teenager, will appreciate this song. Lies destroy relationships.
When the County of Orange California went bankrupt, the union made a lot of noise about how it was going to protect members. It sent letters to those who are not members, predicting "your job may be in jeopardy." and urging membership to ensure job security. I never did join... and I still have my job. So this captures how I feel about unions.
There are people in the world who make an impression on us, even when we would like to forget them. Once in awhile, we find ourselves musing on their fate; & we hover between wondering if they got what they deserved, and hoping they didn''t.
Tell the Story
The week before Christmas, only three people showed up for choir practice - the minister, the mandolin player, and me. I had started this song, and shared it with them. That night, we finished it. A minister comes in handy for details, like, the shepherds left their flocks, they did not bring the sheep with them. The whole event was unusual; people did and saw extraordinary things that night. Our mandolin player had a way with questions and rhymes, which helped build on the theme of a child asking for more details about the little baby boy and his mother. A fitting lullaby for Christmas.
To Protect and Serve
Although I never met this man, I attended his funeral because his wife is a colleague of mine. People stood in the back, because the seats in the huge church were filled. A platoon of "motors" (motorcycle police) accompanied the family car. People spoke about a beloved colleague, devoted father and husband, valued friend. I wrote this in his memory, and for all public safety professionals who risk their lives to keep order in a chaotic world.
This testimony to God''s love and salvation closes all of my programs. These are gifts of grace: to sing, write songs, share them with people, have people say that my words and music touch them. I am blessed to be able to share these gifts.
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