What inspired you to start writing songs to accompany picture books?
To me, picture books have an inherent tune, tone, and rhythm. During my time as an elementary music teacher, I used books in my classroom often. Each one invoked such a musical response in me that I began writing songs about my favorite stories. I love weaving each book's narrative into a rhymed, interactive song and I use the illustrations as inspiration for the chords and sound palette.
Wow. Keep that in mind as you write and illustrate! Are your stories in perfect harmony?
Emily Arrow creates literature inspired music for children, cultivating an appreciation and love for singing, songwriting, literature, and art. Winner of the 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Emily is currently recording her debut children’s album, “Storytime Singalong” that will be released in January 2016. She has collaborated with awardwinning authors including Peter Brown of THE CURIOUS GARDEN, Peter H. Reynolds of THE DOT, and Kelly Light of LOUISE LOVES ART to name a few. Emily is based in Los Angeles and regularly performs at children’s literature festivals, schools, and libraries sharing her love for music and literature.
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