A beautiful story about a single mother and the hardships that we all face in life, La Nuna de Julia takes the life of a Latin-American mother and expands upon her legacy through the life of her son. The story begins with Julia giving birth to a new baby boy with the traditional Mexican lullaby "Arrorró mi Niño" (Hush-a-bye my Baby). The story jumps ahead 4 years to the Nanny's (Señora Gelosa, aka Señora Tetazuca) home where the Nanny is playing a game with the children to wear them out before nap time using the song "La Casa de los Animales" (House of Animals). Unfortunately for the son, Julia dies when he is a teenager. He comes to the hospital where she is dying and sings the 16th century Spanish lullaby "Con Amores, la mi Madre" (With love for my Mother). Later on in life he gets married and conceives a child out of wedlock. He and his wife of only a few months head to the hospital to have the child. During birth the mother has complications and ultimately has a stillborn child. Time stops and Santa Muerte (the Angel of Death) comes for the child and consoles it into passing realms using the Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral's poem "Yo no Tengo Soledad" (I am not Alone), adapted into the song "Tú No Tengas Soledad" (You are not Alone). The stillborn child was not the only birth in that room. A twin was born. She was a beautiful baby girl that couple named Julia to honor her grandmother and she lulled the baby to sleep with an arrangement of the famous Latin-American lullaby "La Nanita Nana" (The Little Girl).
The Music is written in a contemporary classical style in the form of a Song Cycle. This is a collection of songs using poems from a known poet(s) and a known composer. The music is designed to be sung by a Mezzo-Soprano (middle-high female voice). Each song is sung from the perspective of a different character in the story which makes it a unique challenge for the artist performing. Below is a sample of songs from the CD. At the end of the CD are two bonus tracks of the next CD that will be released, Piano Masterworks composed and performed by William Linthicum-Blackhorse.
Kathryn Parsley found herself drawn to singing at a very young age. She began studying music in earnest at Mountain View High School and went on to earn her Bachelors and Master's degrees in Operatic Vocal Performance at Baylor University. She is currently working on her Doctorate at Texas Tech University. She has been featured in Texas Tech University’s production of Turn of the Screw and Le Nozze di Figaro as leading roles. She also sang with the Midwest Opera Institute in their production of Dialogue of the Carmelites as the New Prioress. She will be premiering a new opera in New York City with up-and-coming librettist Kim Feltkamp. Ms. Parsley has a passion for new music; participating in the premier of the opera “Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Roses” by James DeMars, lecturing on new music by Judith Cloud, and showcasing music from new or underrepresented composers as often as she can. Her current voice instructor is Patricia Sheridan where she studies for her Doctorate degree in Vocal Performance at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
One cool thing that I have noticed as a mother to two bouncy big boys, and a business owner, is that while I have been creating my business for the last 13 years, I have also been crafting the way I am as a mom. Here’s what I have noticed:
The questions I ask other moms, the information, love & inspiration I hope to shareand do receive, are all shaping my LIFE, too, besides my business. I find that being a great business owner: responsive, kind, authentic, loyal ~ is jiving with how I want to be as a mom: responsive, kind, authentic… and great. I really like that. It helps me keep my head on straight.
Two of my favorite things (that I really LOVE!!!) are: 1) falling asleep with my whole family in one room, listening to the breathing of my boys in a ‘nest’ on my bedroom floor. And 2) being alone in the studio, painting and creating ~ surrounded by peace, good music and maybe a little dark chocolate. I also love cuddling with my babies, even though they are not babies anymore (they are 11 & almost 13).