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THE SHELL MUSIC PROJECT, SONGWRITER WINNERS: For the Winer 2010-11 issue of chART, the Rollins College Acoustic Ensemble, under the direction of professor and music guru Daniel Flick, produced five original songs and performed them live in concert at Tiedke Hall at Rollins College in Nov. 2010. The class produced each song including the boat horn from a conch shell and the seagulls from Ramona’s violin. Read about the composers in the Winter 2010 issue, pages 12-14, on the magazine archives link on this site. Read about the overall music contest at the bottom of this page. Other winners can submit for upcoming issues of chART.

The book was written for Casey Tennyson’s daugher’s 18th birthday. These college students in the same age range, found inspiration for their music compositions in the love story of family, spiritual growth, romantic love, all starting with love of oneself.

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Now, sit back, DOWNLOAD THESE SHELL SONGS and enjoy!

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1 Sweet Southern Shell by Ramona Snowden

01 Sweet Southern Shell Updated this song. Listen now!

I found much inspiration from my own life when writing the song about a southern shell, “Sweet Southern Shell.”  My own mom has said so many of those life lessons to me over and over again. The starfish story was a fun, beautiful way of expressing the starfish “southern shell” finding it’s way in the ocean like I am finding my way in the world. I wrote the book from the perspective of the starfish’s family summarizing the main points in lyrics and put the southern belles, or shells, life lessons in song. I think if we ever were able to meet, the southern shell and I would be kindred spirits!

2 No Matter Where I Stand by Aaron Childree

02 No Matter Where I Stand

In composing this song I was inspired by the opening scene of the book when Star is looking up at the stars, wishing for something better. She can sense that a journey is ahead, and she knows that she is well prepared to overcome any obstacles she might encounter on the way. Just like many of us, Star isn’t sure exactly what her destination is, but she’s ready for the search.

3 Bossa de la Sol instrumental by Tom Shugart

03 Bossa Del Sol

A celebration of the starfish enjoying her freedom and starting her journey of life, taking with her teachings and values from her childhood.

4 Not That Far Away by Aaron Childree

04 Not That Far Away

In composing this song I was inspired by the shell when she is in the middle of her journey. She hasn’t found her new home yet, and she’s not certain how things will turn out, but she keeps going no matter what comes her way. I think it’s a good reminder that we’re never as far away from our dreams as we think we are.

5 Yours To Keep by Aaron Childree

05 Yours to Keep

In composing this song I was inspired by the end of the story when Star finally finds her soul mate and her new home. The two shells have both been through a lot, and now that they have found each other they can better understand all the trials they had to go through to get to this point.

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ABOUT THE SHELL MUSIC PROJECT: chART’s Shell Songwriter Showcase for songwriters who submited an original song with lyrics to correspond to chART publisher Casey Swann’s book Secrets of the Southern Shells. Songwriters chose any character from the book from any circumstance from any chapter. The entries were judged and the winners were in the music issue of chART with a feature article.

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Listen to the sample song provided by Orange Juice from Naples, Florida!

Southern Shell

Kyle Davidson

The photographer, Kyle Davidson, is attending UCF earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film. His passion is delivering a captivating vision of life’s congeniality through cinematography and photography. One of his on-going projects involves working with Orange Juice, documenting their musical progression. Kyle also is a freelancer for chART magazine. To view more of his work visit

Read more about the band on the chART archives link on this website for Fall 2010 page 13.

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