I’m excited to share a brand new cartoon music video from my kids/family music project, Debbie and Friends. The song is based on the classic tale of Cinderella with a few twists including a focus on friendship and self esteem for girls.

From the onset of the project, I wanted to make sure our fan families were involved in the production. We launched a “fairy selection” vote via our Debbie and Friends Facebook page and asked our fan families to help shape our version of the Cinderella story song by voting on one of the following fairies.


The fairy “Godfather” won by an overwhelming majority!


So, my producer Michael Carrera and I worked on some dialog, and then he summoned his best “Brando” voice for the recording.

We launched the new cartoon on our YouTube channel yesterday and the response has been very strong. Our fan families feel a real connection to the piece having been involved in the storyline and character selection from the beginning.

Presenting “Cinderella” by Debbie and Friends. I hope you enjoy it!

Special thanks to Planet Sunday of Wales. They are brilliant animators and add so much creativity, humor, and quality to everything they do.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Professors are the latest YouTube stars. Several colleges have set up official You Tube “channels.” The University of California at Berkeley was the first, and many others soon followed.

Berkleemusic has a channel on YouTube with more than 75 music lesson in rock and jazz guitar, producing music with Pro Tools and Ableton Live, music publishing lessons, piano instruction, and more. Here’s an example from an online course in Blues Guitar by professor Mike Williams.

Another resource for instructional videos where Berklee and music industry luminaries are represented is Artists House Music. This robust, free resource boasts thousands of educational video clips from all aspects of the music industry. Here’s an example with five-time Grammy winner, Glen Ballard, talking about becoming a producer, songwriter, and arranger.

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