My album “Notes From Heather” can still be ordered from me privately, but I consider it my “student work”. It is full of “experiments”. It basically started as a violin album but almost every track that started off as a violin piece got turned into something else.
I always thought with all the different genres of music available to us today, with the amazing things one can do with technology, and with my music training that I could do something that would make someone’s day just a little more interesting.
I always wanted to write songs and one thing led to another and quite soon after finishing my degree in music I was writing songs and doing very interesting collaborations in a variety of styles.
“I have today had the magical pleasure and delight of listening to your cd from beginning to end. I am utterly amazed at what you have achieved. Each of the pieces is thoroughly fused to create delight and absolute upliftment of my spirit! Please do more. Please guard your talents from mediocrity (Salieri). Thank you.”
“When I’m feeling low I put on your cd and I feel ok again.”
“Fresh. When most people’s songs are about people’s misery this is so up-lifting.”
“I was blown away.”
“When I finished listening to the whole thing I listened to the whole thing again.”
“I have listened to your cd several times and must congratulate you on your imagination, creativity, versatility and skill. What an exciting age we live in.”
“I have listened to your cd three times today and every time I hear new things. It really is quite magical.”
“So surprised by your song (Hear Me Sing) – my favourite.”
“The cd is very honest. Not like your usual commercial cd. Just amazing.”
“Surprising and enjoyable.”
“You are the only REAL artist I know personally.”
“I am sooo impressed! You really speak through your music, wow. …couldn’t believe its the Heather I know, keep it up.You should do more. I imagined myself dancing in a couple of the tracks.”
“It calms me down.”
“‘Hear Me Sing’ I must have listened to dozens of times already. This is a truly beautiful song. I am sure I am not the only one who appreciates it this much and I am definitely buying your next album.”
“Your music and footwork made me see a deep connection with those very special and holy parts in Karl Jenkin’s cd (The Armed Man). Ek waardeer en ag jou kreatieviteit en oorspronklikheid hoof.”
“I listened once, then had to listen several more times. So proud of you. ”
“We’ve listened and listened to it and we’re in agreement that its just charming. I love the mixture of styles. If you’re doing more or arranging any events we’d certainly be interested.”
“Congrats on the music output by way of your magic notes.”
“I just spent a very enjoyable hour listening to your cd.”
“How delightful! Thank you for making music and bringing it into our lives!!”
“Enlightening and innovative.”
“I am so impressed! Very good variety, catchy tunes, positive lyrics, fresh and up-lifting.”
“Such a beautiful and complete package. It is more than a collection of beautiful music. From music, to your personal notes to the beautiful packaging, it is a lovely expression of who you are. Clearly there were lots of challenges to meet, and lots of musical and technical talents put to the test, and you did it all.”
“When I had finished I listened to it from beginning again. ”
“I feel blown away by “Hear Me Sing” – what a beautiful sound and beautiful song”.
“It made me cry tears of joy. Your CD will go in my pile of favourites. It made me think of everybody in my life who taught me all the good stuff.”
“This is a reflection of your personal musical (and dance) journey – and what a scope there is to that. So many others could learn important lessons from that angle… Such a spectrum is represented of genres and instruments and including your own compositions and giving opportunities to several young people[…] giving pleasure and development opportunities to everyone in music should be top of the list of priorities.”
“I have heard from ****** , and now ****** too (in paroxysms of delight) about your new CD…well done – what a great achievement!”
“For instance, Dance Gypsies is such a happy playful arrangement that you just cannot feel morose or sad listening to it – it always brings a smile…also the case with Flamenco Hip-hop Fusion and obviously Mosquito Dance.”
“How interestingly and effectively you have gone upwards with your life.”
“You have most certainly persevered and achieved.”
New work *(watch this space).
My work as a teacher
I have taught violin at various schools and in 2012 became a teacher at my old school – The Waldorf School at Rosemary Hill – after about ten years since finishing school there. I got a band together and started arranging music for them. They were a great success, and my work at the school grew. I also started a dance program in 2014 and eventually put on my first concert in also in 2014 which had a mix of music, singing and dancing (a bit like my first CD really) which people enjoyed.
I also have many very happy memories of making music at this school (the photo above is of me with some of the other school musicians singing a song for Nelson Mandela – when he was still president – after we performed at a function and he wanted to come and meet us personally and do his “jive” with us).
In anyone’s education there will always be little gaps here and there, and ultimately it is up to the individual to fill those gaps and make choices and accept things or not accept them.
I have attended and taught at schools where I was simply shocked at the moral standards and the low life views of the educators and the way they treated their students. And people just accept that and parents pay a lot for it. The child’s soul and education of the character are the most important things.