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Albums By Barb Tilsen

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“Sacred Ground”


“I wrote the musical poem “Sacred Ground” in the mid-nineties reflecting on the profound connection I felt singing to my own babies as well as to those of friends and family in my musical work with young children. Combining the singing voice and the speaking voice through poetry and song, I wanted to express the wonder I felt, the deep and abiding promise to cherish, protect and nurture these new lives and the world in which they grow. This recording has songs that I’ve written over many years and I realized that “Sacred Ground” is a fitting title for them all. That same commitment and connection weaves throughout, giving voice to the many different ways we love and care for each other, our children, our planet, and our future.”

“I’ve been waiting many years for a recording of these songs, and the wait was more than worthwhile. Barb weaves threads of community, family, political organizing and deep love into every song. The production is immaculate, and her voice conveys a lifetime of connection and lyricism. Whether you need inspiration, comfort, or just plain delight, Barb Tilsen’s newest CD will find a welcome place in your music rotation.” – Stuart Stotts

“Sacred Ground is an such an important album for these difficult times. We are accustomed to wonderful things from the LeSueur-Tilsen family and its ongoing generations of artists. And we are accustomed to words of frustration and rage, surrounded as we currently are by death and wilful destruction. Which is why this album is special: these songs don’t waste time on the negative. Their themes celebrate the positive–those endless resources we too often overlook in our struggle for survival. Barb Tilsen’s beautiful voice is enhanced by ukulele, keyboards, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica autoharp, accordion and the spoken word. Gayla Ellis’s moving photographs add to a perfect package. An album to listen to again and again.” – Margaret Randall.

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Stores selling Barb’s CDs in Minnesota:

The Art Shoppe
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis MN
55407 612-965-8581
www.theartshoppemgm.com
Color Wheel Salon & Gallery
319 W. 46th St.
Minneapolis MN
55419 612-823-5693
www.colorwheelgallery.com
Electric Fetus
2000 4th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-9300
www.electricfetus.com


a 2016 Winner of a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award!

“Take The Seed”

“Take the Seed” is an award-winning recording of songs for children and their families by Barb Tilsen. Filled with an enjoyable mix of Barb’s original songs, traditional tunes and beloved contemporary music written by some of today’s most gifted songwriters, this CD is a great choice whether for the preschool/elementary classroom or the family porch and living room! Songs of planting & growth, dance & play, love & hope, range in style from pure folk to a little bit of reggae to a little bit of blues with lots of fun weaving all the way through. There are songs in French, Spanish, and Swahili; songs for the winter and songs for spring; songs about peace and the environment; and musical poems and games that make you want to dance! Some of today’s top musicians join Barb on these delightful songs: Scott Malchow, Bruce Kurnow, Kathy Lara, Barbara McAfee, Karen Mueller, Rachel Nelson, Jack Pearson, Stuart Stotts, Ron Toles, Rich Manik and Soaring Voices Children’s Chorus. This is a wonderful recording for the whole family!

“Just heard Take the Seed for the first time, and it’s a winner!! Beautiful singing, arrangements, production, and choices of songs. The singer has a rich and expressive voice – the children’s voices are beguiling, and the songs are catchy and varied. Some use banjo, a couple are more country, but all of them are “child friendly.” This should be in the top rotation at any child care center or preschool, and on the short list for any new moms and dads. To me, it’s at the caliber of “Singalong Songs for the Very Young” by Raffi – it’s that good…” -Kristin Lems

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Stores selling Barb’s CDs in Minnesota:

The Art Shoppe
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis MN
55407 612-965-8581
www.theartshoppemgm.com
Color Wheel Salon & Gallery
319 W. 46th St.
Minneapolis MN
55419 612-823-5693
www.colorwheelgallery.com
Electric Fetus
2000 4th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-9300
www.electricfetus.com


“Make A Circle Like The Sun”

CDThese 19 songs are 100% kid-tested ranging from playful and fun, to thoughtful and moving songs about friendship, self-esteem and making peaceful choices. This recording includes an eclectic mix of songs and musical styles: lush harmonies, hand drum rhythms, rock’n’roll, gentle folk and a fun Latin sound. It was recorded with some of the best musicians in Minnesota including Kathy & Leo Lara, Marty Winkler, Karen Mueller, Bill Hinkley, Pete Mathison, Jim Kellerman, Michael DelMain, and Bruce O’Brien, plus the great energy of Soaring Voices Children’s Chorus, and a special appearance by poet Roy McBride and his daughter, Lacinea. This recording combines the creative songwriting of Barb Tilsen with unique songs by some of the best songwriters in children’s music today. It is highly recommended!

“I have an enormous library of children’s music. This recording stands out as the one from which I have drawn the most number of songs that have gone into my repertoire. It is simply chock full of keepers and winners!” – Jackson Gilman

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