I love music. All kinds, (well, you know—melody—rhythm—beat—not just noise!) I play the piano, but not well; I play the violin, but not well; I sing — you get the idea.
Other people’s music is always around me, erupting everywhere, at odd times. (Like Diana.) Everything I write highlights music in one form or another. Recent case—THE COVERED BET.
Diana, Kaleb and Manu have music in their souls. In order to pull together emotions and melody I needed the help of two friends who are tops and well-known in their respective music arenas—friends God placed on my path. They gave me suggestions, counsel and one wrote a song for me. Prepare to be blown away—I am blessed, thrilled and proud to present to you
(appearing here with her famous husband, Frank)
Betsy Hernandez and Frank are known by parents and children everywhere for their music and video productions.
Their co-created recordings include the Grammy-nominated Music Machine AND the series everyone with kids remembers— “Bullfrogs and Butterflies!”
Betsy was featured singer on Oliver’s Song, Animals and Other Things, The Story of Little Tree, Nathaniel the Grublet, Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes and the Character Builders series.
A few years ago I saw Betsy and Frank on stage! Betsy was lead singer and Frank played bass as they traveled internationally with the popular Christian band, Silverwind. I was a big fan of this great group—still play their “tapes,” but they are now available on iTunes!
Betsy worked with her husband as a book, song, scriptwriter and singer on The Bible: The Amazing Book and other series. Little Clowns of Happytown, was an animated cartoon series for the ABC network!
In the country-music Mecca, NASHVILLE! they wrote songs for Sparrow Records and saw the off-stage goings-on at The Grand Ol’ Opry! . Betsy joined Michael Card to sing nine of the songs on his platinum CD, Sleep Sound In Jesus! She co-authored a children’s Christmas book, Silent Night: A Mouse Tale.
The Hernandez team created children’s videos and CDs in Guideposts Junction, with Jodi Benson, the voice of Disney’s Little Mermaid, plus for two popular series featuring artist, Steve Green: “Hide ‘em in Your Heart,” songs for Bible memorization. They are available on iTunes. The Adventures of Prayer Bear is another video. .
The two wrote Sunday School curriculum, and Betsy penned articles for Spirit Led Woman, a Strang Communications magazine. For the animated series, Kingdom Under The Sea, Betsy wrote scripts and did the voice-over.
We were in the same critique group while Betsy worked on a heart-felt novel about life in the music business. I’m confident one day you will get to read her books. Now, she and her husband live in Boise, Idaho where they headquarter their production company: His&Hernandez Music.
If you want a fun website with tons of ideas for schools, Sunday-schools and gifts, as well as more about Betsy Hernandez (who wrote a song for my next book,) go to her website, hisandhernandezmusic.com. You’ll love it, like I love this lady. She is an upcoming guest.
AND NOW WELCOME
In the dead of night Marty Nystrom quietly climbed to the fifteenth floor of a Hong Kong building to lead worship to Bible smugglers.
Wait! I don’t know how this story ended–this is a story for Marty, my fellow critique group colleague to tell us!
What I do know is that Marty Nystrom has written over 120 songs recorded on Integrity Music and Maranatha! Music recordings. You’ve sung and heard many of them.
“As the Deer panteth for the water…” is in hymnbooks across the world. Like Diana, those words invite heart praise in all who sing it. Another one, “I Will Come and Bow Down” is definitely a call to worship. He led worship on five of Integrity Music’s Hosanna! live worship albums.
Marty holds a degree in Music Education from Oral Roberts University. After teaching public school. he became the director of the music department for the New York branch of Christ for the Nations. Needless to say, he has taught at praise and worship events across the globe.
Blending with his God-given gift of melody/lyrics is his ability to write poetic stories which combines with his love for kids. His children’s books “Don’t Mess With Moses!” and “Zack, You’re Acting Zany!” are, at this second, out of print by Standard Publishing. However, I am sure you can search out one or two of these fantastic books for kids and grown-ups. (The term “fantastic” is used deservedly so.) Many poems from his books have been included in issues of Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. magazine, where Marty is featured on a regular basis. (A subscription makes a great gift!)
His two grown sons and beloved grandson come and go from his Seattle area house where he lives with his lovely wife, Jeanne.
Befitting an obedient servant of God, everyone who knows Marty cheered when in February, of this year he was awarded Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Service to God by his alma mater, Oral Roberts University.
His help is invaluable in so many ways to Northwest writers and musicians. I’m grateful to call him my friend. He will be an upcoming guest-blogger. Then you will have an opportunity to comment on his works and ask questions.
There’s no doubt why these two sharp, Godly people were placed on my writing path. Two friends who pray for me; two friends who let me pray for them. That’sone thing about God—He does more than just the obvious.
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