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Happy If Happy When

by The LaMothe Gee Family

Exuberant cast album from an original musical featuring eighteen songs -- beautiful ballads and energetic group numbers, in jazz, pop, rock, and gospel styles -- performed by the seven members of the LaMothe Gee Family.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Living Your Dream
2:21 $0.99
2. Everything I Need to Know (feat. Jessica Kimerer Gee & Jordan Geoffrey LaMothe)
2:01 $0.99
3. When
2:09 $0.99
4. Slowly (feat. Kimerer LaMothe)
3:20 $0.99
5. This Is It
2:02 $0.99
6. You Move Me (feat. Kimerer LaMothe & Geoffrey Gee)
2:52 $0.99
7. Catch the Current
2:47 $0.99
8. Future in Me (feat. Kyra Lewis Gee)
2:51 $0.99
9. Never Stop Creating
2:46 $0.99
10. We Are Here
1:37 $0.99
11. Ghosts in the Barn (feat. Jordan Geoffrey LaMothe)
3:13 $0.99
12. Why Not?
3:35 $0.99
13. No Dream of Mine (feat. Kimerer LaMothe)
2:06 $0.99
14. Copy Cat (feat. Kai Evenson LaMothe & Leif LaMothe Gee)
2:10 $0.99
15. Richer Am I (feat. Jessica Kimerer Gee & Kyra Lewis Gee)
3:37 $0.99
16. Holy Cow!
2:57 $0.99
17. Happy If Happy When (feat. Kimerer LaMothe & Geoffrey Gee)
2:58 $0.99
18. Love Is (Finale)
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 2005, two artists and their three children moved to a farm. Kimerer LaMothe (scholar/ dancer) and Geoffrey Gee (musician/ composer) were looking for a place to live where they could do their art in closer proximity to the natural world. Their children, Jordan, Jessica, and Kyra made it happen. A month after the family moved, a fourth child arrived: Kai. Four years later, a fifth: Leif. The children decided they wanted to farm, and within a few years, the family was taking care of two horses, two oxen, several Jersey cows, four cats, and a dozen hens. When Leif was three, this family of seven began performing together at local theaters -- singing, dancing, and playing instruments in their own variety style shows. Five years later, they were ready for something new. But what?

In the fall of 2016, Kimerer set out to write an original musical. She decided to write it about what she knew best -- the family’s experience of moving to a farm. She shifted the children’s ages so they could all appear in the city and on the farm; she changed their names, and invented some details about their lives in order to communicate the truth of what the family was learning about how to love the earth – and one another. After she had written the book, lyrics, and melodies, she handed the songs to Geoffrey to arrange and orchestrate. Then the family began to rehearse.

In 2017, the musical had its debut at the Fort Salem Theatre in Salem, NY, featuring all seven family members – including eight-year old Leif -- playing versions of themselves. In 2018, the family performed in New York City three times: in July (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), September (New York New Works Theatre Festival), and December (Gene Frankel Theatre).

Planet Connections nominated the musical for Outstanding Lyrics and Music, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical (Kyra Gee/ Eliza); New York New Works awarded the show a third performance. Then, in the summer of 2019 the family gathered again to record this cast album – for you!

**The Happy If Happy When Cast Album was made possible with generous support from
RINA TEE PRODUCTIONS, Ronald J Meyers, President and CEO. **

Happy If Happy When begins as a family of seven, prompted by daughter Eliza, look back on the series of events that changed their lives: the time they followed a dream and moved to the country (“Living Your Dream”).

Stepping back four years, the musical introduces each child, revealing how every one of them – except Eliza -- has a different reason for wanting to move to the country (“Everything I Need to Know”). When Mom comes home from work, the kids vent their frustration (“When”). Mom shares their dream, but is helpless to do anything about it.

Burdened by everyone's wanting, Mom has a back spasm (“Slowly”). Meanwhile, Sarah searches the internet for real estate, and finds a farm for sale (“This Is It”). After Ted convinces Mom to take a look, Mom must convince Dad to visit (“You Move Me”). Although the farm they want to buy is initially unavailable (“Catch the Current”), and Eliza does not want to leave her city home (“Future in Me”), the family perseveres, pulls together, and moves (“Never Stop Creating”).

Once at the farm (“We Are Here”), the family discovers that the place has its own ideas of what it wants them to be. Hank is the first to feel the pull to farm (“Ghosts in the Barn”). Much to his parents’ surprise, Hank decides he needs a cow; Sarah decides she needs a horse; Joe some chickens; and Ted, a duck (“Why Not?”). As their household expands, tension erupts. Sarah and Eliza argue, and Eliza runs away. Meanwhile, Joe and Ted break Hank’s new lathe, until the conflict crescendos into a break between Mom and Dad (“No Dream of Mine”). Sarah runs in crying that her horse is missing – and so is Eliza.

The family spreads out, desperate to find Eliza and Sarah’s horse. In the woods and fields, on the property, characters meet each other: Joe and Ted make up (“Copy Cat”); Sarah apologizes to Eliza (“Richer Am I”). And when Hank’s cow escapes from her pen, Eliza takes charge and discovers how helpful she can be. Returning home, the kids bond over chore time (“Holy Cow!”), before finding Sarah’s cat, dead. Eliza notices the cat has had kittens, and finds her own reason for staying on the farm. Mom and Dad realize that, amidst it all, they are getting what they need to create the art they want to make (“Happy If – Happy When”). The musical ends with a return to the present day, in which Eliza realizes that she has what she needs to move forward in her life (“Love Is”).

“performed with style, verve, and success” Glens Falls Chronicle, August 2017

“If you find yourself with the chance to see this musical do so. Bring your kids, discuss what it all means. When they ask if it’s true the answer is simply YES! This work comes out of a real life journey, stunningly written, arranged, acted, choreographed, sung and danced by the very people who have completed the journey to date… As they all nurture each other, the farm, the animals, the plants, the land itself a message ripples across our lives. Something new is here… it will spread positive impulses outward for a very long time to come.” Listening Shires, WBTNAM, July 2017.

“The entire family/cast were exemplary and worked well off of each other… We were offered catchy tunes – a throwback to the good old days of the American musical – sung well with some stunning harmonies. Kimerer LaMothe also showed herself to be a fine dancer. Happy If Happy When took an age-old art form and innovated it: A family musical for the whole family done by the family about the family so bring the family to see it!” Alexa Garcia, Outer Stage, August 2018

“The whole idea of a family performing a musical together was really inspired and in the end, just brilliant. You can really see and feel the bond that they all have with each other. The singing was honest and fascinating. . . The whole concept of the play was something quite genuine and creative. One might think that this is a vanity play with mediocre talent … nope. The acting, transcendent; the voices, marvelous. Even the two really young youngsters were exceptional. It’s quite unique to see such young talent on anything but a Broadway show, studio film or network TV. I’m dubious of musicals, but this one definitely made me reconsider my views and bring myself back for more.” Mia Moreta, July 2018

Kimerer L LaMothe (Book, Lyrics, Music) is the award-winning author of two musicals, six books, numerous articles on dance, and over a hundred blog posts for Psychology Today. She has created, directed and performed two solo dance concerts, both of which premiered at Harvard University, and seven cabaret style variety shows featuring her family. She has received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, and the Lower Regional Adirondack Arts Council.

Geoffrey K Gee (Arrangements, Orchestration) is a pianist, composer, sound designer, and graduate of Berklee College of Music. In 2015, he made his solo piano debut at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall). He is the lead in five CDs, including the latest, I’ll Be There With You. He composes music for dance companies, filmmakers, and theater productions, and has played his original piano music across the U.S. and in 18 countries around the world. As a sound designer, Gee created the virtual instrument Plectrum, and serves as a consultant for several of the top electronic keyboard companies.

Jordan Geoffrey LaMothe (Hank) is a professional knife maker who earned his BA cum laude in music from Williams College, where he sang in the choir, studied classical voice, played jazz saxophone, and conducted two ensembles. Jordan is a Forged in Fire Champion.

Jessica Kimerer Gee (Sarah) is in her third year of veterinary school at The Cummings School, Tufts University. She graduated from Wellesley College cum laude with a degree in biology, where she sang with the choir and participated in theater, including playing John (Peter Pan) and a player (Durang Durang).

Kyra Lewis Gee (Eliza) is a sophomore at Yale University, majoring in Theatre Studies and English. Roles include Catherine (Radium Girls), Maria (Sound of Music), Cinderella (Into the Woods, Jr.), Beth (Little Women: The Musical); and Tinkerbell (Peter Pan). She is the Assistant Director for the fall 2019 production of Sweeney Todd.

Kai Evenson LaMothe (Joe), in ninth grade, is a drummer, singer, and actor, who has been performing in his school bands and at community events since age 6. He enjoys playing soccer and designing athletic shoes.

Leif LaMothe Gee (Ted), in fifth grade, plays soccer, and spent three years on the Glens Falls YMCA boys’ gymnastics team. He loves to read, sing, and dance; and has been performing since he was 2.

For more about Happy If Happy When and The LaMothe Gee Family, please visit: happyifhappywhen.



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