Dot Reiser | Paintbox #1

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Paintbox #1

by Dot Reiser

Paintbox #1 There is such a similarity between music production and painting, with one layering sound and the other--paint. The Paintbox series creates landscapes of many subjects, not for the eye, but for the ear. I hope you enjoy this series.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Children Gonna Play
5:08 $0.99
2. Memory Care
4:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
My name is Dot Reiser and I am a singer/songwriter from Westerly, RI. It is an honor to bring you these original songs, or "paintings" today as Part One of my new song series: The Paintbox.

Children Gonna Play
I admire children, especially in their ability to find play no matter what their circumstances may be. Rich, poor, wartime, peace, they find a game in the midst of smoke. This is not to say that I think war is fun, more of a testimonial of the way children look at things. While I may hold a grudge over a petty speck, children forgive, forget, and frolic much more readily and creatively than adults. May we be more like them! For special "color" in this "painting" I chose the drums, especially world drums, and invited drummer Chris Gonsalves from Pawcatuck, CT to bring in his many toys to add play through percussion throughout this song. All other instrumentation was performed and produced by Jon Quinn of Quinn Music in Griswold, CT.

Memory Care
As a song leader/music therapist for memory care patients, I wish to show how the lost memories of Alzheimers and Dementia patients are triggered by their favorite songs, awakening conversations, and allowing for connection with loved ones. The lyrics or vignettes in this song come directly from stories told by memory care patients in my singing groups, as the songs themselves tease their memories to the surface. For a special "color" in this song "painting", I chose the accordion, evoking a feeling of yesteryear and sentimentality. All instrumentation in this song was performed and produced by Jon Quinn.

Children Gonna Play
Dot Reiser 2017

In the dollhouse
Baby's sleeping
Little hands have placed her there
Singing softly lullaby my
Lizzie keeps the mother's care
Abbey plays the role of puppy
Barking loud to wake the babe
Lizzie frowns and Abbey giggles
forever still the sisters play

In the woods
The salamander
Rests beneath a rotting tree
Wet and mossy cold and clammy
Hidden where no boy can see
Joey turns the logs with haste
Embracing expert hunting tricks
Look at this one, yellow spotted
Tony names it Titanic

No matter what the world they live in
Children gonna play
No matter what the life they're given
Children gonna play
With balls and bats, stones and sticks
Baby dolls, and shrapnel bits
Baby dolls and shrapnel bits

In the classroom
In Burundi
The roof above is made of tin
when the rains come
there's a clatter
Teachers voice drowns in the din
Claude is quick to drop his pencil
Kevin starts the singing game
Louder louder joyful music
Drum their desks to beat the rain


All quiet, Aleppo
The shelling fades away
Outside the air is thick with smoke
Farid creeps out to see what's broke
And there's a crater in the road so wide
It could fit four children deep inside
A smashed water main fills it to the brim
It's a pool! It's a pool!
Jump in! Jump in!


Oh the Mean ol war can take it all away but it
can't take away how the children play
No it can't take away how the children play
No it can't take away how the children play
No it can't take away how the children play


Memory Care
Dot Reiser 2017

I'm sitting in my chair
I don't know who I am
What to do or why I'm here
I close my eyes and disappear,
She walks into the room
She smiles and says hello
She plays on her guitar and sings
her favorite song from long ago

Applause applause hooray hooray
Let's play another song
This ones better than before
Try your best to sing along
....On a Bicycle Built for Two...

...I know who I am
I'm a little girl
Riding on my bicycle
I live in France,
I ride it everywhere
On the street that I recall
up a hill and round a bend
and where it ends...well,
I don’t know
But I know who I am

Applause applause hooray hooray
Let's play another song
This ones better than before
Try your best to sing along Take Me Out to the Ballgame...
take me put to the crowd....

...I know where I am
I'm working the team
For forty years I've worked the stands
At Fen- way park
I’ve got a lot of jobs
'cause I've worked here for forty years
I think I'm real important here
I know a lot (about the Sox)
Yeah I know where I am...

The tulip flowers close their petals tightly in the morn
Til rays of sunshine press upon them, yellow bright and warm
Bursting wide they lift their petals, bravely to the sky
It's just same with memory, how music brings it back to life.

Do you know who I am?
I'm your little girl
Playing songs on my guitar
to bring you back to my world
We'll talk about the time
You taught me how to ride a bike
Up the hill and round the bend
And how the Red Sox won again
Do you know who I am?



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