Category: Album Production

How To Make Slime! with Violet

Violet Duguay knows a lot about slime. She’s been perfecting her recipe for months on end, going through gallons and gallons of Elmer’s white glue. Elmer’s must be making record sales because their gallon size has now reduced in price from $20 to $15! Hmm. In this video, Violet takes you on a step-by-step journey […]

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WISEKIDS – Life with Active Shooter Drills

In this first video of our new series WISEKIDS, fourth graders talk about their experience dealing with “Active Shooter Drills” at elementary school. Violet, Leila, Brianne and Evan go to school in Los Angeles and deal with active shooter drills several times a year, spending classroom time learning how to hide from gun-wielding predators. It’s just […]

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Be Who You Are T-Shirts Are Here!

Our BE WHO YOU ARE eagle T-shirts are now available! People have been asking about shirts since we created this logo and now they’re here!!! : ) Shop now for men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes! https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeWhoYouAreShop This video shows Paula & Violet making handmade shirts at BWYA headquarters and Tara opening up her big box […]

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Violet Duguay – Cotton Candy

Introducing the feel-good hit of the summer!!!! ☀❤ Violet Duguay’s first original song “Cotton Candy” out today!! She wrote and recorded this song with her dad Richard Duguay at nine years old! 😀 We are so proud! A few months ago R.d. Cane shot this video for “Cotton Candy” starring Violet and her friend Leila at the Santa […]

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How To Make A Bead & Necklace

Violet takes you on journey to create an amber bead necklace in the workshop of Annemarie who has been making jewelry for decades and is sharing her knowledge! First they cut the amber, which is a ‘resin,’ not a gem stone. The the cut shape gets filed down smooth, and drilled with a really cool […]

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How To Make Paper!

Learn how to make a deckle and mold, mix up some pulp made from recyclable materials and make paper! Violet shows the whole process from beginning to end, and it’s really easy! You don’t have to use a blender like she does here – you can also just mash up pieces of paper in a […]

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Be Who You Are Live @ Canterbury Elementary!

Be Who You Are is an album and movement dedicated to uplifting kids and teaching them love and empathy, guts and kindness through music and spoken word. This short video shows the Be Who You Are band doing a school presentation at Canterbury Elementary School in Arleta, California. We did three half hour performances to […]

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BWYA TV – NYC Pride Day 2017

Hey kids – learn how Pride Day started! Violet reports from New York City Pride Day and explains how Pride Day came about, as a result of the confrontation at the Stonewall Inn where gay people stood up to authorities who were telling them it wasn’t okay to be gay. Now Pride Day is a […]

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BWYA TV – Anishinaabe Petroglyphs

Violet from Be Who You Are TV reports from Petroglyphs Provincial Park, site of the 600 – 1100 year old Anishinaabe rock carvings. She learns about the meaning of the carvings of turtles, Nanabush and Gitchi Manitou and that the Anishinaabe is a large group of First Nations people who were here long before the […]

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It’s here! It’s here! The Album Has Arrived

Just a quick note to say that the delicious hard copy version of the album has arrived!!! Now we are getting busy setting up the ‘buy’ links and will officially release the album on Tuesday, September 6th!! Get back to school with BE WHO YOU ARE!!!  

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“Your Toys Could Be Better” Underway!

Today at Be Who You Are headquarters, we’re beginning to record and arrange one of the last tracks on the album called “Your Toys Could Be Better.” It’s a letter to a big movie and toy company from a little girl who is frustrated with the lack of imagination and fun in their toys. She’s […]

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“Into The Garden” In The Can!

Banner day at Be Who You Are headquarters! Richard sprung a new song on us called “Into The Garden” – a Beatles-esque beautiful, magical song with piano and amazing lines like, “windswept, sunset wonderland for the apple of my eye.” He wrote it for Violet, his daughter. Soon to be enjoyed by all! Above are […]

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Production Update! Never Eat Spam…

Greetings from Be Who You Are headquarters where production is closer to the finish line than ever before! Right now we’re working on “Ellen’s Song” with lyrics written by the fabulous Ellen Rehak! It’s a song about following your heart and doing what comes naturally with joy, and also features some great advice: “Never eat […]

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Tony Matteucci Records Drums For “How To Fly!”

Here’s the sneaky footage recorded at Pawnshop Studios where Tony Matteucci is recording drums for “How To Fly” – a song by Tara Samuel about co-operation and imagination!

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Meher Steinberg Rocks The Piano on Fear or Love!

  The fabulous Meher Steinberg rocked out on the piano today recording our latest song, Fear or Love!

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“Fear or Love” – New Song Begins!

A new song began here at Into the Black studios yesterday, one that sends a message to kids (and everyone!) to choose love over fear. Tara put down a quick piano line – to be played later by someone who’s got the Jerry Lee Lewis ability in their fingers – not that there’s anything wrong […]

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Be Who You Are Production Underway! Valerie Records “Postcard From Hawaii!”

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our campaign before Christmas!! We had fun making endless photos and videos to keep you entertained : ) And now the hard work begins! We’ve started off with a bang this January and have recorded a brand new song sung and played by none other than […]

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Holiday Hello From Tara & Paula! 4 Days Left on Indiegogo!

Four more days to donate to our kids’ album with a message! http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0RWYuDemKM&w=560&h=315]

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Feel Good Friday Video! Jackson & Tara Being Who They Are!

7 lucky days Left!!! Contribute now! http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saHo_nxwoYc&w=560&h=315]

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10 Days Left! Holiday Video!!

Watch our holiday video and please support our campaign! Give here: http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpn2p4P5jhY&w=560&h=315]

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11 Days Left! Still Time To Contribute! : )

Monday LAUNCH VIDEO Hello, from Be Who You Are! 11 DAYS LEFT of our campaign – and THANKS to you fine people, we are poised to get to 10K! Please help us get there here: http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare Every dollar is HUGELY helpful. You are sending the Be Who You Are message to to kids & grown-ups […]

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Sapna & Eric Have An Important Message For Kids!

Sapna & Eric have an important message for kids! Help us make this album! http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4ZrbvIDBdA&w=420&h=315]

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6-Year-Old Felix Being Who He Is!

6-year-old Felix supports the Be Who You Are campaign by telling us what he thinks it means to be who you are! Give now! http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8RS5umV6mQ&w=420&h=315]

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Featured Artists of BE WHO YOU ARE! Bob Dylan style…

“Subterranean Homesick Blues presents: THE RECORDING ARTISTS of BE WHO YOU ARE.” (Bob Dylan coached us, off-camera.) Two More Weeks of our Be Who You Are campaign! Please jump in. Please join the Joy. Even a $1 contribution gets us closer to creating this album. It’s a barn-raising, Ladies & Gentlemen! $20, and you get […]

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7-Year-Old Quincy Being Who She Is!

7-year-old Quincy tells us what she thinks it means to be who you are! Support our Indiegogo campaign at http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLE2thKUgHg&w=420&h=315]

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2-Year-Old Huxley Being Who He is!

Huxley supports our BE WHO YOU ARE campaign! Please give at http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare “I’m Huxley,I play drums!” [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wf_PBjkjSk&w=420&h=315]

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Rae Being Who She Is!

3-year-old Rae tells us what she likes to do. Donate to our BE WHO YOU ARE campaign! http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz2sNL9km7o&w=420&h=315]

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4 Year Old Harris Is All About The “R” In Be Who You Are!

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Actress Enuka Okuma Says One Little Thing Drives Us To Be Who We are

What is one thing that drives us to be who we are? [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OLafinJMio&w=560&h=315] Make this album with us & visit our Indiegogo fundraising page now! http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare

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Amaru Loves To Draw

Amaru loves to draw, but some kids at school say he’s no good. Does he listen? No! He just keeps practicing, because he knows he’s getting better and better. BE WHO YOU ARE Amaru! Join us in creating a strong positive message to kids with this album! http://igg.me/at/bewhoyouare [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl1g8TkbInQ&w=560&h=315]

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