I try to convey different emotions that I feel in my heart in my music writing and studio recordings.
Life can't always be happy. Life is not always sad either.
I like to have a little bit of both on each album's recordings.
The melody of each song is a different life's journey for me.
I start each song with something personal in my life, then embroider the specific sounds to create the mood.
After that I love to surround each songs from experiences in my life.
People ask me how do I write the songs that I do. I try to write songs about personal events in my life that either moved me to laughter or tears.
Robert Frost once said, " If a story does not make the writer laugh or cry, it will not make anyone else laugh or cry either."
I have also learned from listening to Janis Ian's music that if a song is true to an artist's heart,
it will create a story picture in the listener's mind. I strongly agree, as a song writer, with these philosophies."
Even though I do not sing on my CD's, ( yet that is ) I do write lyrics for most of my ballads.
Lyrics helps complete the story of what each song is about. You'll find them on each CD page."
All the songs that I eventually end up recording on my CD's are the ones
I can play over and over again and never get bored with the story they tell.
That is because the songs mean so much to me personally."
Thank you for taking this musical journey of my life... with me.
Janis Ian: for her brilliant song writing & her piano playing on her Columbia records albums.
Favorite Album: AFTER TONES Favorite Song: From Me to You
This is the album I go listen to when my personal world needs a Big Chill pill ~:~ Favorite Album: COURT and SPARKS Favorite Song: Trouble Child
Barbra Streisand: for her wonderful music orchestra arrangements & fabulous voice.
Vangelis: for being a pioneer in all that he does with his music recordings.
David Foster: for being a genus producer, especially on Barbra Streisand’s, Josh Groban & Andrea Bocelli albums.
Shirley studio keyboards are:
Kurzweil 2500 - Roland Fantom
Korg Kronos - Yamaha Extreme
HOW THE MUSIC GOT STARTED
Shirley's talent was discovered by accident when her brother injured his hand.
Her parents bought him a theater organ to help rebuild the dexterity in his hand.
It was during that time Shirley took an interest in music from listening to her brother.
Years later, her Mom decided to purchase Shirley her first synthesizer.
after that...four more keyboards followed, enabling her to expand her sounds. From then on,Shirley had all the sounds she ever needed to record her music.
THE EARLY YEARS : Loss of Shirley's Parents
At age 16, life dealt Shirley her first tragic blow, her Mom became ill and passed away.
A few years later she then joined a band called QUEST. They toured the U.S. and the Virgin Islands.
Shortly after coming home from the Quest tour, life once again would be unkind. At age 21
Shirley lost her major source of inspiration, her Dad, that built all her keyboard's frames & stage setup for her 6 keyboards.
The music died within her. She retired from the music industry and pursued a college degree in accounting finance.
While attending college, a good friend mentioned that the university had a grand piano in the mansion’s ballroom at FDU.
From that point on, a secret marriage developed between Cason and that baby grand piano.
At night, after class, she would go to the ballroom when no one was there and fill that grand ballroom with
one spirited soulful song after another. During this time is when she was able to heal her wounded spirit
to be able to return to the world of music. Shirley then went on to build her recording studio, at the lake,
and started her own companies,
Shirley then went on to build her recording studio, at the lake, and started her
own music company, Peaceful World Music.
After recording her first two CDs,
Forever In Bloom
and then her Holiday album, Simply Christmas,
life again would be unkind and her oldest sister Carol passed away.
Choosing to record another “easy listening new age”
CD or "record the truth" of how she felt inside was a commercial risk to her
new company. But being truthful to herself as an artist, believing that art should reflect
the "heart" of the writer, the next CD emerged,
A Summer Dream CD
from all the tears that one soul could bear...
The "Summer Dream" CD went on to get high reviews for being so brave to "wear her heart
out on her sleeve". From that point on Shirley promised herself to only record
music that she felt with all her heart and emotions when she's recording her music.
The following CD,"Winter Mornings"
received such wonderful reviews and letters from fans from all over the world, Shirley knew that recording
what moves her emotionally is definitely what people love and enjoyed about her music.
Then there was a "gap in time", after the "Winter Mornings"
CD was recorded until her next CD release,
Cason states, "After I recorded my Winter Mornings CD... I lost my best friend of 25 years to cancer.
It was a real blow to my heart. During that time, I kept trying to record another CD, but just couldn't focus.
Everything that was I was recording was another "Picasso's blue moods"
songs like my Summer Dream CD
and I just didn't have the strength any more to record what I was feeling in the studio. Maybe... one day, I'll release that CD with
all the emotional songs I wrote during that time for my best friend ... but... just for now.... I'm not ready to share those emotions...
Accepted that, I just took a step back from the my music and worked on other people music
in my recording studio doing keyboard work & arrangements for them."
emerged from the
studio. Finally the gates were open again... the music was flowing....
and a brighter sounding CD was born with uplifting music that had a love story behind it.
So during the time following, the Rainbow Lakes Music folks thought that it would be the
right time to released the ....
SPA MUSIC COLLECTION,
which is a compilation CD of the most requested Cason's relaxing music.
Recently, Shirley has added 3 new keyboards the "Roland Fantom X7", and
"Yamaha Motif" and the Kord M50 to mix in her new age sound from her Kurzweil 2500 & Korg Trinton. So,
we're all excited about the news sounds that will most likely being come out of the studio on the up and coming albums...
So we welcome you to Shirley's website.... & browse around the albums and listen...