BOOMER’S TALES: FINDING MY YIP
BIG BLEND RADIO: Author Christine Isley-Farmer discusses her new “Boomer’s Tales” children’s book series including the first installment “Finding My Yip,” a charming tale featuring a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as the story’s narrator. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on PodBean or SoundCloud.
When Boomer is a puppy he is unable to yip like his mother and sisters. Boomer lives with Nana Weathers, a musician who possesses a magical ring that helps them communicate. Boomer quickly bonds with Nana’s nine-year-old granddaughter Chloe, who has a stutter. Chloe’s big wish is to sing beautifully like Nana. Chloe and Boomer make new friends at dog obedience school and grow their confidence together. By teaming up in the music room and gaining a little help from their friends, Chloe and Boomer try to find their voices.
The stories in opera and song have always fascinated and inspired Christine. The power of storytelling and music’s healing qualities have woven their way through her life and found a voice in this series. Chloe and Boomer seek to develop confidence, make friends, and strengthen their bond while challenging their greatest fears.
Christine Isley-Farmer, Professor Emerita of Music at Middle Tennessee State University, has had extensive experience in both opera and concert. Her broad performance history includes opera, operetta, musical theatre, oratorio, and concerts in the United States and Europe. Dr. Isley-Farmer earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she taught for 2 years after her return from Europe, and the D.M.A. in voice performance and literature with a minor in German Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1997, Dr. Isley-Farmer has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International. Her articles on Alexander Technique and singing have been published in professional journals.