NEW! Midwest Book Reviews of Earth Mama® Music Collection, July 2016 Issue
All CDs review
Joyce "Earth Mama" Rouse has created a grand variety of music albums over the course of decades, all with the common themes of promoting eco-literacy and good stewardship, appreciation for nature's splendor, the manifold joys of love and kindness, and everyday nobility in thoughts and actions (such as the moral principle encapsulated in the song "Only Take What You Need"). Her music is a treasure the whole family can enjoy, and makes excellent addition to school and public library CD collections. A selection of her uplifting, ecology-themed music albums include "A Sense of Place", "Pay Attention", "Around the World", "Love Large" , "Grass Roots!", and "Under the Rainbow". (Full review.)
Joyce "Earth Mama" Rouse presents Christmas Heart, a holiday-themed music CD for the whole family. Some of the songs have religious themes that celebrate God's love and the birth of Jesus Christ; all are shining with the universal joy and camaraderie of the season. An included lyric booklet makes Christmas Heart ideal for sharing and singing aloud, especially at Christmas caroling or parties. Highly recommended! (Full review.)
Composer Joyce Johnson Rouse (a.k.a. "Earth Mama") created Virginia Beauty: A Love Song for the Commonwealth as a tribute to Virginia's natural beauty, hardworking people, and rich history. A medley of expert musicians perform Virginia Beauty in standard, bluegrass, abbreviated, and instrumental versions. Virginia Beauty is also enriched with bonus materials; when the CD inserted into a computer, the user gains access to printable documents and suggestions for using the song in performance and education. Highly recommended! The audio tracks are "Long Version", "Bluegrass Version - Featuring Dale Ann Bradley", "Short Version", and "Instrumental Track". (Full review.)
Schools Give Earth Mama a Grade
For our school ceremony, the choir sang your beautiful song.... Standing On The Shoulders for Remembrance Day. It was amazing!! They were so proud because many of the adults were brought to tears.
I would love to take them to a local studio and record it - so many asked for a recording.
---Beth Weatherbee, Port Elgin Regional School, NB, Canada
She is a fine musician, but it is her vast knowledge of ecological issues that she ably weaves into curricular areas being studied that is so valuable.......She is comfortable with students of many age groups and versatile in adapting her material to topics under study.
Joyce is a valuable artist-in-residence to enhance the learning of students at any level.
---Diana H, Ph.D.,Denver Public Schools
What I find most valuable is that you are getting very important messages out to these children in a fun format that keeps their attention and encourages participation. They are enjoying themselves thoroughly while being reminded how very important it is to take care of our "Mother".
---Marta T., Floyd County, GA
Faith Communities Chime In
Women everywhere need to have their voices heard. Joyce Rouse, through her music both at our Sacred Heart Church's "A woman's Spirit Rising Retreat" for the women of our parish and neighborhood and for our Sunday Liturgy, encouraged us all to raise our voices as she reminded us that ... Women Hold Up Half the Sky!
Joyce also known as Earth Mama re-energized us through music, song, dance and play to continue to heal our "Common Home" and our beloved community of Camden, NJ.
---Susan Cedrone, retreat Coordinator and the Retreat Committee
...her message and repertoire are always fresh, always appropriate, always entertaining, and always superbly done, for her soul is being poured into every song, every teaching at every performance!
---Rev. Dr. Richard W., Earth Charter of the Lower Valley, Inc
Joyce brings enormous positive energy to her work with Quaker Earthcare Witness, and we are grateful for and enriched by her great singing/songwriting talents, which she has devoted to "Healing the Earth, One Song at a Time." ......her songs and spirit speak eloquently for the sake of healing the human earth-relationship.
---Holister K., Quaker Earthcare Witness
Environmental Group HugsHer stage presence is strong and yet empowering, especially to the audience participants whom she engaged in dancing to some of her tunes.
---Bette Ann J., Earthlinks
Joyce Rouse (aka Earth Mama) performed for audiences ranging in size from 40 to 250 with an age range from four to eighty. She captivated them all. Her catchy tunes and memorable lyrics gave people new perspectives on their relationship to the Planet Earth and pointed out new possibilities for living a care-filled life.
---F. Nelson S., The Institute of Cultural Affairs
Your musical teaching approach is sheer magic. Your incredibly expressive energy, audience participation and knowledge of natural resources, delivered in song, is truly "edu-tainment" at it's best. Who said learning can't be fun?
---Mona W., National Conservation Training Center, US Dept of the Interior