Water Lantern Festival, Calgary Alberta Canada

Water Lantern Festival, Calgary Alberta Canada

Happy Friday everyone!

As we head into the weekend, I have a little something to share with you. This video is something different! The Water Lantern Festival is a beautiful community event, where I was lucky to be able to perform and also shoot this music video. I chose to shoot my track Kissed by the Moon as it really fit the vibe…..  Dionysius and I brought the whole family, and we spent the afternoon making our own lanterns- with drawings and messages of the things important to us, and it was really quite emotional. As I was about to perform, I listened to the stories of those who chose to go up and share their story on the mic. Children, adults, sharing hopes and dreams, and love, fare-welling a loved one… it was quite emotional, and it really brought the crowd together. Then, at 9pm, the lanterns were launched onto the water, with little lights inside where they floated together, representing the hopes and feelings of the crowd. It really connected everyone, and for one peaceful evening, there was a great sense of togetherness at Olympic Plaza in Calgary, Canada. It was incredible!

Water Lantern Festival takes place all over the globe- check it out! Wherever you’re traveling, you may find an event near you. According to One World, “As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water as we Light The Water together. Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. It’s a night that you’ll never forget.” Check it out:


I hope you love the video and that it gives you a little bit of the beautiful energy that was present that night!

Sophie xo

 

 

Why singing to your baby is important

Why singing to your baby is important

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From the moment I had my first child, I felt the instinct, to sing to him. The same with my daughter as well. I have always sung songs to them almost every night. I think it’s very natural, and I’m certainly not alone! No matter how you sing, your baby will know your voice. It’s so natural! I also play violin for my little ones, and we sing songs, take music classes together and play with different instruments that we have at home. Our house is rarely without music.

How early is too early? I personally believe that baby can recognise your voice immediately once born, or even earlier! Check out this article on the timeline of aural development in babies (click here). I’ve been singing to my babies since day 1! I’ve also read studies that a newborn baby can distinguish different sounds right from birth. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (USA), singing to your baby helps with development in so many ways, from bonding to learning to communicate-  https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/10-ways-babies-learn-sing-to-them

Singing lullabies, or in my case, playing lullabies as well, is so important. According to Psychology Today, “music seems to help optimize an infant’s mood” (click here to read the full article)

Here are some of my favorite songs to sing with my little ones:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
The Pumpy-Umpy-Umpkin Song (this is a favourite, they love singing along!)
Amazing Grace
Silent Night (even though this is a Christmas song, we love it all year around!)

Being a musician, I recorded a Lullaby album, firstly because I wanted to create something special with the abilities I have, for my little one, especially for him. Now our whole family listens to it!

Whatever talents you have….. sing sing sing or play music to your baby! Sending you all lots of love,

Sophie

xox

Kissed by the Moon, A Lullaby Album- OUT TODAY!

Kissed by the Moon, A Lullaby Album- OUT TODAY!

KISSED BY THE MOON! OUT TODAY!

As a new mother, Violinist Sophie Serafino has created an album of relaxing lullabies for her own child and parents and children everywhere. With familiar favorites like Brahms, Mozart, to her own compositions, this is a delightful collection of melodies.

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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED VIOLINIST, SOPHIE SERAFINO, RELEASES PREGNANCY AND LULLABY ALBUM FOR MOMS & MOMS-TO-BE

Violinist to give birth to her First Child in November 2015

(October 13, 2015) Calgary, AlbertaSophie Serafino has a secret she’s been waiting to share. The world renowned and internationally acclaimed violinist is expecting her first child with her husband due in November of 2015.

Sophie has been patiently waiting for months to reveal the happy news to her friends and family, and is now excited to reveal the news to fans. She has also spent the time working on a new musical project, which she is proud to unveil today in celebration of her joyous news.

Sophie has teamed up with pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon and other others to create her lullaby album titled, ‘Kissed by the Moon.’

“My husband and I would like to share our joy with all of our friends, family and my amazing fans, and thank you for your beautiful well wishes so far,” said Sophie Serafino. “Expecting our first child has inspired me in completely new creative ways, and to express feelings I have never had before which are softer, gentler. It’s been so wonderful to compose and perform music that I know will be heard by our child, as well as many other children around the world.”

Serafino says a great deal of her inspiration to write and record this type of an album came not only from her consciousness that her child would hear the music she plays, but also from reading numerous research studies and statistics on how playing music to babies in the womb, as well as in early childhood years, can help in brain development. Lullabies, classical music, and children’s songs are reasonable options, when choosing what genre of music to introduce to the baby, because of the ability for these types of songs to also soothe and relax.

According to Dr. Pam Schiller, as children grow, music fosters communication skills.[1] Schiller’s research suggests our sense of song helps us learn to talk, read, and even make friends.

“I am excited to be able to play this music for my own child as her or she develops, and I want to be able to share this with many other mothers or mothers-to-be out there, as I truly believe music has the power to positively impact children,” said Serafino.

Kissed by the Moon’ features two original compositions by Serafino, and seven instrumental recreations of classic numbers—including the famed ‘Brahms’ Lullaby’. The album will feature Serafino on violin, Susanne Ruberg Gordon on piano, and Russell Broom on classical guitar.

‘Kissed by the Moon’ was recorded at and sponsored by OCL Studios in Calgary, Alberta and will be available for purchase on October 13, 2015.