Tag Archives: winter

Dr. Sue Singer Songwriter Artist

Dr. Sue Sings Her Original Song: A Winter Crocus – The Gift of Hope. Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Sings Her Original Song: A Winter Crocus – The Gift of Hope. Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment

Songs for All Seasons:
Songs, Artwork, and Photographs Inspired by Nature!

Do you want a seasonal boost-your-mood shot of beauty, wit, and wisdom?

Do you need The Gift of Hope?

Do you love Songs and Art Inspired by Nature?

Do you love melodic ballads and hummable tunes with lyrics that are uplifting, playful, romantic, or witty?

Do you enjoy the process of emerging artwork and nature photography?

Do you want a Personal Guide to Songs, Poetry, Natural Science, and Art?

Do you want to Enhance your own Creativity – and Understand Art and Literature?

Then, you’ll love Art and Songs for All Seasons – a Journey through the cycle of life with orginal songs and art.

Welcome to “A Winter Crocus: The Gift of Hope” Dr. Sue’s original song-art-video!

Scroll Down for Song-Video, Lyric, and Dr. Sue’s Artwork.

Fascinating Facts!

The Crocus Flower is one of the first blooms of spring. In northern climates, these hardy blossoms sometimes appear through the winter snow and ice – to give us our first glimpse of spring!

Crocus petals are usually purple (or yellow) the leaves are green, and the stamen (male organ) and stigma (female organ) inside the petals are gold.

The stigma of an autumn flowering saffon crocus (crocus sativus) holds saffron – the world’s most expensive spice – with a street value of around $20,000 per kilo!

The crocus is a perrenial flower – blooming close to the ground and returning every year in the early spring – sometimes when there is still snow on the ground.

Nature Inspires Art!

Inspired by the beauty and bravery of these early bloomers, I created my original song-art video “A Winter Crocus: The Gift of Hope”. The video includes my singing, emerging artwork, and photographs (mainly from the New York Botanical Garden and Parks). Special Thanks to my gifted musical arranger John Bowen.

As the video moves from winter to spring, I hope that “A Winter Crocus” will bring you The Gift of Hope.

Scroll Down for Dr. Sue’s Song Lyric and Artwork!

“A Winter Crocus” Original Song-Art Video by Dr. Sue

“A Winter Crocus”  
 You are like a winter crocus, 
 You're the first one on the scene
 There is snow, and that’s no joke
 This wind is mean
 But you're such a cheerful sight 
 With your colors brave and bright
 You turn winter snows all
 Purple, gold and greeen
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple, gold and greeen
  
 They say purple stands for royal, 
 And you're like a king or queen
 When there's ice still on the soil
 You can preen 
 Other flowers count the cost
 And they're frightened of the frost
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple, gold and greeen
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple, gold and greeen
  
 Though you're not a rose
 Or robin who can sing
 You bring the hope for spring
  
 Your beauty makes us bold
 And cheers us when we’re cold
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple green and gold
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple green and gold

"A Winter Crocus" Words, Music, and Singing by Susan Horowitz, Ph.D. (Dr. Sue)
Copyright 2020 Susan Horowitz 

Dr. Sue’s original artwork: “A Winter Crocus: The Gift of Hope” is available as a print, mug, card, calendar and more! Ask Me How! (Contact Form on Website or Email)

Ask about Dr. Sue’s forthcoming album of original songs: “Songs Are Soul Food”

Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. (Singer – Songwriter – Author- Entertainer-Speaker-Artist-Professor) is available for Special Programs and as Personal Coach/Advisor for your Creative Writing and to help you Understand Literature (including William Shakespeare, who wrote many Nature-Inspired sonnets and plays).

The song lyric uses colorful, nature imagery like “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”. The symbolic link between nature, the seasons, colors, emotions, and thought is found in many artists and poets like William Shakespeare.

Contact Form on this Website or E-Mail drsue at drsue dot com.

Dr. Sue Logo


Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Musical: “SssWitch” www.ssswitch.net

Dr. Sue YouTube Channel
youtube.com/user/drsuecomedian/videos

Dr. Sue Winter 2020 Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Sings her original song about Winter 2020, Covid-19 and Vaccine plus Shakespearean Hat Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Sings her original song about Winter 2020, Covid-19 and Vaccine plus Shakespearean Hat Positive Entertainment

Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. invites you to a Singing, Shakespearean Virtual Art/Song Tour for Winter 2020 – a challenging time, with loss and uncertainty. We need modern medical science, care, compassion, and the beauty of art, music, and nature. More than ever, we need the hope for spring!

I hope you enjoy my Shakespearean style hat with a white winter feather!

I also hope your enjoy my drawing and original song about a new vaccine and a winter crocus.

I’d love to hear from you. (You can use the Contact Form on this Website.)

Scroll down for artworks, drawing, and printed lyric.

Dr. Sue Sings her original song “A New Vaccine… A Winter Crocus”

My virtual background is a beautiful impressionist painting by John Henry Twachtman, American Impressionist.

Here is the original painting, which was kindly sent to me by Diane Maglaque, Director of Street Art Museum Tours. Painting is from The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Web: streetartmuseumtours.com

“Winter Harmony” by John Henry Twatchtman, National Gallery of Art, 1890

Below is my drawing of early crocuses in a mix of earth and snow.

The crocus is usually an early Spring flower, but sometimes it blooms when there is still snow on the ground. You may notice that the colors of the crocus (purple, green, and gold) are like those of Mardi Gras – a holiday that arrives as winter turns to spring!

(Scroll down for complete song lyric – and a suprise Hanukkah painting!)

 
 “A Winter Crocus”  
 They all ask me if I’m ready to take a new vaccine
 Going first and going early - not my scene
 Can my frozen hopes have power?
 Doesn’t frost kill every flower?
 How can winter snows turn purple, gold, and green?
 How can winter snows turn purple, gold, and green?
  
 Well I feel a bit unsteady, they all know what I mean
 Got the jitters like I drank too much caffeine 
 So I ask a frosty crocus
 "What’s your secret hocus pocus? 
 How can winter snows turn purple, gold, and green?
 How can winter snows turn purple, gold, and green?"
  
 And that cool courageous crocus says, 
 “I’ll tell you just one thing
 All my roots and leaves still believe in spring
 May my blossoms make you bold
 And cheer you when you're cold 
 May your winter snows turn purple, green, and gold.
 May your winter snows turn purple, green, and gold."

Words & Music by Susan "Dr. Sue" Horowitz, copyright 2020
Music Available on Request

Enjoy my original Hanukkah painting: “Maidle the Dreidle”!

Maidle the Dreidle
Maidle the Dreidle -a Happy Holiday Painting, Song, Story and Game by Susan Horowitz PhD (‘Dr. Sue”) copyright 2020
Dr. Sue Logo


Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Musical: “SssWitch” www.ssswitch.net

Dr. Sue YouTube Channel
youtube.com/user/drsuecomedian/videos

Winter Sue Painting Title

Dr. Sue Virtual Art Tour, Shakespeare & Original Song about Friends and Art Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Virtual Art Tour, Shakespeare & Original Song about Friends and Art Positive Entertainment

Winter Sue Painting Title
Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment with Painting “Winter Harmony” by John Henry Twatchma, National Gallery of Art

Dr. Sue invites you to a Virtual Art Tour with a Shakespearean Sonnet and her Original Song about Friends and Art.

The artworks come from the National Gallery of Art and Street Art Museum Tours – streetartmuseumtours.com

Blog includes “Menorah” paper-cut artwork by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz at the American Jewish Historical Society Art Workshop ajhs.org

Please scroll down for artworks .

Dr. Sue’s Video: Winter Art, Shakespeare & Dr. Sue’s Original Song!

Here are winter-inspired artworks from the National Gallery of Art.

“Winter Harmony” by John Henry Twatchtman 1890, National Gallery of Art.
“Winter Valley” by Lamar Dodd 1944, National Gallery of Art
“The Cratchits’ Christmas Dinner” National Gallery of Art
Dr. Sue Virtual Art Tour with Shakespeare Sonnet & Original Song about Friends.
“Menorah” by Ben Shahn (screen print) 1965, National Gallery of Art, Notecards at The Met Store & Museum NYC
Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment, with Winter-Inspired Art by John Henry Twatchma
“Menorah” by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz (paper cut art ) AJHS Workshop 2018
Art is Soul Food 

Art is Soul Food
Friends are Soul Food
Take a tour and I am sure
We'll share good company

Art is Soul Food 
Friends are Soul Food
We can share the art we love 
With a special friend
Won't you be my friend...

"Art Is Soul Food" Words and Music by Susan "Dr. Sue" Horowitz
copyright 2020 
"Friends Are Soul Food" is also a complete song with Written Music 
Available on Request from Susan "Dr. Sue" Horowitz
Dr. Sue Logo


Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Musical: “SssWitch” www.ssswitch.net

Dr. Sue YouTube Channel
youtube.com/user/drsuecomedian/videos

Dr. Sue Song (or Poem) of the Month “Winter Rhythm” Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Song (or Poem) of the Month “Winter Rhythm” Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue November 2020
Dr. Sue November 2020, Photo by SuZen

Do you like a Creative Challenge? Do you enjoy songs, poetry, art, and nature? Do you like combining words with music or pictures? Do you like learning and/or teaching, and sharing?

Here is your Song/Poem Challenge of the Month!

Create a song or poem inspired by a month, season, and/or holiday – with an optional image. If you don’t compose music, write a lyric or poem.

Here is “Winter Rhythm” my song and poem inspired by December with an image of migrating geese.

Scroll down for printed lyric, explanation of the poem and my creative process – which may inspire yours! Music is available on request. Click on Image to Enlarge.

Winter Rhythm

Winter Rhythm, something in the sky
Makes the geese sense snow in the air...and fly

Winter Rhythm, something in me grieves
Golden autumn clings to the trees...then leaves

Once upon a summertime we waltzed in sweet romance
Now our steps don't rhyme and we don't dance

Out of rhythm, but trying not to show
In your mind you're gone like the spring 
And though December leaves try to cling
Like the geese, I know...it's time to go

"Winter Rhythm" Words and Music by Susan Horowitz 
copyright 2020
Please request permission to share.

Here’s my explanation of the poem/lyric and my creative process. I hope it inspires your own creativity and love of songs, art, and literature.

My Creative Challenge is a Song or Poem for December. My season is the turn from autumn to winter – from November into December.

I started with the Title – “Winter Rhythm.” I took the title from a music festival sponsored by Urban Stages Theater in New York City (urbanstages.org/winterrhythms)

I like the musicality of the word “rhythms” (which I shortened to “rhythm”) and the connection to the winter season.

I wanted an image from nature that reflects seasonal change – like the migration of birds. I thought about the mallard ducks in the pond of a local park. However, “Ducks” (with the sharp “cks” sound) seemed too sharp, so I changed it to “geese” (with a soft “s” sound) which slid nicely into “sense”.

Migrating geese sense the coming of winter and fly south. How does that connect to other aspects of nature and to human emotions? In the second verse, the glorious golden leaves of autumn turn brown, wither, and fall. I am sad to lose their beauty – which also suggests human loss.

The form and rhythm of the first two verses is the same – which also allows the music to repeat and satisfies our ear – we “catch” the melody. Both verses open with the refrain “Winter Rhythm.”

Now it’s time for a change – the “bridge” of the song, which usually has a different rhythm, melody, and feeling or thought. We shift focus from late autumn/early winter sadness to a memory of summertime happiness. The first two verses introduced the word “rhythm,” but now we focus on a different rhythm – a “waltz,” which has a 3/4 rhythm and is associated with romantic dancing.

The last verse returns to the current season, connects earlier parts of the song and reveals their meaning. “Rhythm” shows up in the refrain, but now the romantic relationship feels “out of rhythm” awkward and forced. “You” (the beloved) are already disconnected from the “spring” (youthful enthusiasm) of early love. As “December leaves” cling to a tree, the speaker wants to cling to the beloved, but realizes that their romance is now frail, fading and falling away. It’s time to move on. “Like the geese, I know…it’s time to go.”

My main poetic influences in writing this song lyric are sonnets of William Shakespeare, which often connect nature (including seasonal change) and human emotions, and the poetry of Edna Saint Vincent Millay – especially her poem “The Spring and the Fall.” The music (in a minor key) suggests sadness – and is available on request.

I hope you enjoy my song lyric/poem and explanatory notes. Enjoy more Blogs with Songs, Comedy, and Entertaining, Educational Virtual Tours. I am Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D., Writer-Performer-Professor-Guest Speaker. I programs, including intertactive workshops, in-person and online.

Please use the contact form on my web site to send me an Email, or find me on Facebook, Linked In and YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/drsuecomedian

(Note: Thanks to Suzen, Photographer (suzennyc.com) for this November photograph of me, taken on our walk in the High Line Park, NYC (thehighline.org) and to Michael Lynch – Website Consultant – and to You – My Dear Readers!)

Dr. Sue Logo


Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Musical: “SssWitch” www.ssswitch.net

Dr. Sue YouTube Channel
youtube.com/user/drsuecomedian/videos