A Love Song for MS

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

A Love Song for MS

A Love Song for MS by Andrew Karnavas You are on my mind (and up and down my spine), There’s no pill that I can take to get rid of you I wish you would go away But you are here to stay And so I’ll do my best to learn to love you Andrew Karnavas Live at Cactus Music EP by Andrew Karnavas I’ve been writing love songs lately, and I’ve been thinking about love in its many forms. This song is about my love for MS – Multiple Sclerosis. Two years ago MS came into my life, and we’ll be together forever. I feel like I was tricked into going on a blind date that turned into a wedding. “This is your new lifelong companion that will literally get on your nerves.” Thanks. But MS has inspired me to eat right, to exercise, to rest when I’m tired, and to manage stress. MS has reminded me to be present and to always appreciate life. MS has motivated me to be more compassionate and to spend my time doing the things I love to do with the people I love. Was it love at first sight? No. I have had to learn to love MS. But I’m glad that I did. Love the interruptions. Don’t let them interrupt your love. Enjoy this free EP of love songs recorded at Cactus Music, my favorite record...

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Partners in EduPLAYtion: Histrionix and Andyrooniverse

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

September 21, 2016 (HOUSTON, TX) Histrionix Learning announces a new EduPLAYtion partnership with Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse to bring exciting STEAM-powered music programs — Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Math — to schools across Houston this year. Dubbed “Houston’s Leading Children’s Musician” in the Houston Press, Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse is the children’s music project of Houston singer-songwriter and producer Andrew Karnavas. Andyroo is a frequently featured performer at schools, libraries, and museums nationwide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.   “Students of all ages love Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse,” said Histrionix CEO Rick Brennan, a former HISD teacher of 13 years turned entrepreneur. Histrionix has developed game-based, project-based curriculum that leverage popular game titles like SimCity, Minecraft, and Gamestar Mechanic. “Our fun, standards-aligned, STEAM-powered learning programs and games build important 21st-century skill sets like collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.”   Brennan and Karnavas have worked together to combine their game-based, project-based, and music-based learning backgrounds into meaningful, standards-aligned STEAM learning experiences. They believe that collaborations among leaders in fields like game design and music that combine artistic and technical skill sets are key to preparing today’s students for a future that will be shaped by creative, collaborative problem-solvers.   Karnavas first met Brennan and learned about Histrionix during TEDxHouston 2013. “He gave a talk called, What if Sixth Graders Ruled the World? and it resonated with my experiences as a children’s music artist and teacher,” Karnavas said. In addition to his music, Karnavas teaches creative writing for Writers In The Schools (WITS). In 2015, he jumped at the opportunity to teach the pilot program for WITS Digital, Histrionix’s game-based learning collaboration with WITS. As the school year progressed Brennan and Karnavas both felt that they should work on more projects together, and the K-12 STEAM music programs were born.   To fuel education as experience, students as creators, and teachers as designers, Histrionix has established a vendor relationship with HISD to provide these learning programs:   K-5th Grade: Andyrooniverse STEAM Music Visits Andyroo visits the classroom one or multiple times and interweaves music, movement, and stories from the Andyrooniverse into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons to make learning fun and musical for the kids.   6-12th Grade: Just Add Beats Histrionix and Andyroo have created Just Add Beats, a STEAM music workshop where students learn to design and record their own original...

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