My friend Masankho Banda told me that in Malawi to greet each other, they say, “I see you with my eyes, I see you with my heart.” At the Global Village Project, this inspired a song weaving a multi-lingual musical collage of greetings from each of our cultures. Here is a performance by the Global Village Chorus at the release concert for my CD We’re All BORN SINGING. We are joined by Brien Engel on Mbira (southern african thumb piano).
The first song on my new CD “We’re All BORN SINGING” explores my fascination with sound and language. Musings on how we hear, listen and learn, are sung over Vocables by the wonderful Becky Reardon, and interspersed with my take on Late Night Short Wave Radio segments featuring some of my Global Village Project students …
My song “Amoeba” won a Silver Award at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, awarded by the Songwriters Association of Washington!
The first OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO My Salsa Garden from Elise Witt’s We’re All BORN SINGING. Film directed, edited and filmed by Jessica Lily.
From the Archives at The Children’s Music Network: Thank You by Elise Witt. “Thank You” was written during a residency at Garden Hills Elementary School in Atlanta GA. My students spoke 40 different languages among them, and we all shared the way our culture says “thank you.”
Lake Claire neighbors know Elise for her Impromptu Glorious Chorus™ community singing classes and workshops, which she has taught in our neighborhood since she moved to Atlanta in 1977 as a founding member of the Theatrical Outfit. Currently, Elise is teaching at the Candler Park Yoga Studio, and the next 6-week session runs Monday evenings 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Oct. 12 – Nov. 23.