Sail on a bed of roses through the starry night and sparkling waters. Let the magic you see brighten your smile and warm your heart. This is a world where fairies, dwarves and elves will guide you through the soft clouds to a land of glistening waterfalls. Here lives a very kind and talented boy named Andrew, who paints glorious kingdoms in the midnight skies. On past the moonbeams and poplar trees, you will encounter beautiful mermaids, magical dragons and a golden ballerina twirling amongst the ribbon seas.
Touch the shimmering stars and feel the warm breeze tranquilly carry you across the ocean. Sail ashore to ride the joyful merry-go-round and share in the laughter of friends. Fill your heart with peace and let your treasured dreams be free. It shall be a sweet farewell when the sun's morning rays shall awaken, but now as the peaceful night descends...our story begins....
In a world where imagination is starting to fade, a group of unlikely strangers came together to fulfill a splendid vision. The story unraveled like a marvelous present.
Theresa, from a small Illinois town landed in St. Louis with big dreams: to create an album of Lullaballads. But her vision was incomplete. She needed a special singer to voice her gentle lullabies. She searched for half a year throughout the country to find the talent she needed. Finally, one day she discovered Dina in a faraway place-New Jersey-on bandmix.com. Her angelic yet powerful voice was music to her ears. Dina, a Ukarianian born singer with tremendous talent believed in Theresa's songwriting.
They vowed together to fulfill their lifelong dreams, and would create, across the many states, through the internet, 11 magical songs: Lullaballads. But the magic didn't end there. Dina was able to seek out Olga, a former classmate from high school, for her magnificent artistry. From China, Olga sketched beautiful landscapes depicting the ethereal scenes of the music.
Finally, an insurmountable search was on for an arranger. Theresa found Jennifer Linn, an arranger from St. Louis for Hal Leonard on the internet who recommended her son, Andrew, who was attending college in Colorado for composing. Andrew recommended his friend, Lance Day, from New York, to mix and engineer the sparkling finishing touches to Andrew's arrangements. And the dream team, from across the world and throughout the country, by fantastic fate, united to magically fulfill Dina and Theresa's vision: Dreamland Lullaballads.
Ukrainian-born, New York raised, Dina, soprano singer/songwriter, has been classically trained since the age of four on the piano, violin, and voice. Raised in a household of classical violinists and an opera singer, music was embedded in Layzis' DNA from the start. From performing with her school orchestras, to singing in various concerts and arranging a jazz duo of her own, Layzis has always been passionately involved in music.
She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She later acquired additional musical training from the Berklee College of Music where she received her specialist certificates in vocal technique and musicianship, music theory and harmony, and has studied with various prominent vocal instructors. Currently residing in New Jersey and working as a pharmacist, she has collaborated with Theresa San Luis to write and produce "Dreamland" her debut album of Lullaballads.
Born and raised in Illinois, songwriter/composer Theresa has classical training from the Interlochen Arts Academy where she majored in viola then went on to earn her B.A. in English and music from the University of Notre Dame. She composed her first piece at age 14, taking piano lessons as well, then made her hobby into a fundraiser album, titled, "Andrew's Lullabies" which she self-produced during graduate school at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Her sophomore album, "Awakenings" rooted in Gospel, received award recognition in a nationwide songwriting contest. She was selected as a client of Eugene Foley of Foley Entertainment, Inc., and began a partnership in creating "Dreamland" with singer/songwriter, Dina Layzis of New Jersey. Currently residing in St. Louis, MO, San Luis currently serves the elderly in a nursing care facility as activity therapist.
Andrew is an emerging composer, arranger, and trumpet player from St. Louis, Missouri. He has received awards and/or honorable mentions from Downbeat Magazine, New York Youth Symphony, and ASCAP for his outstanding compositional skills. His music has been performed in venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, college performing arts centers, and night clubs in Kansas City. At age 23, he is currently pursuing a Master's in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.
Lance is a composer, producer, and mixing engineer from Long Island, New York. Recently, he has had 8 World Premieres of his works, including works for Concert Music, Jazz Quartet, Ballet, and Film & Multimedia, including the score of the "Wild Adirondacks" - a score written for the Natural Museum of the Adirondacks: The Wild Center - the cornerstone of the Adirondack State Park. Lance holds a degree in Music Education and Composition from the Crane School of Music, and also a Master's degree in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University.
Olga is a contemporary artist especially interested in the constant refinement and evolution of her style. Drawing from multiple global influences she remaining committed to the relentless pursuit of extraordinary and superb artworks with unlimited attention to details. Available worldwide, visit her at www.oziskin.com.
Robbie Heier was born on September 18, 2001 with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic skin condition. This condition causes severe wounds on the entire body, as well as many other physical complications, which caused Robbie to spend much of his short life in hospitals. Despite the challenges of his condition Robbie learned how to adapt and enjoyed life very much. Because of his fragile skin he wasn't able to walk very well but that didn't stop him from going to carnivals and riding the carousel. Robbie's blistered skin had to be wrapped in heavy bandages all the time, which became quite uncomfortable in the summer months, yet he endured to attend his first Phillies game, Sesame Place and The Philadelphia Zoo. Robbie's physical limitations kept him home a lot of the time.
He loved watching movies. "The Lion King", "Finding Nemo" and "The Wizard of Oz" were some of his favorites. He watched "Sesame Street" and "Little Bear" everyday. When he wasn't watching T.V. we were reading Frog and Toad, Little Bear, anything Dr.Seuss but especially "One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish" and "The Cat in the Hat". Every night it was "Where the Wild things are". Robbie also loved listening to music. He would sing along to James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkle, and his favorite song "Ripple" by The Grateful Dead. He loved playing instruments and anyone who was around had to be part of "the band". Robbie loved listening to his daddy play the trumpet and dubbed this "boy time" which meant mommy had to leave the room. Robbie's favorite colors were pink and light blue like cotton candy, which was also one of his favorite things. Meatballs and McDonald's. Vanilla ice cream with sprinkles, and waffles cut into strips with lots of sugar. His favorite holiday was Halloween and he loved swinging and blowing bubbles.
Robbie loved being with his family. He enjoyed spending time down the shore at Bubbie and Zayda's with his Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. The highlights of the season were going to Ocean City's Wonderland Pier riding rides with his cousins, and going to the park with mommy, Bubbie, and daddy. At one point he had a cast on his left leg after having his tendon cut to give him more mobility, because of the cast he was unable to sit with the family at the dining room table, so he sat on the sofa in the living room. After awhile he finally called out "Would somebody come over here and give me some love?" Robbie spent weekends with his Momma and Pop-Pop and had so much fun being around them. Momma loved to spoil him. Pop-Pop loved to make him laugh. Robbie had a very special relationship with his aunt "Zizi" She was there when he was born, and had stuck by him up until his passing. They went on hayrides to pick out pumpkins, they went trick or treating and Zizi always bought Robbie something from his favorite store "Learning Locker" Many friends, family, doctors, nurses, and teachers loved Robbie.
Robbie went into the hospital on October 27, 2006 to have webbing between his fingers surgically cut so he would have better use of his hands. He suffered cardiac arrest under anesthesia, spent several weeks in Intensive Care, came home a few days before Thanksgiving and passed away at home on Saturday December 9, 2006. He was 5 years old. Robbie's body endured much pain and discomfort during his short time with us, but his love for life was apparent in his smile, his sparkling eyes, and his positive attitude. Robbie had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. He seldom complained, and was always so sympathetic to others completely disregarding his own physical limitations. He loved big for such a little boy and his strength, courage, and love will live in our hearts forever. Every night when I would tuck Robbie into bed I would say "Be safe and happy always my sweet boy."
"Be Safe and Happy Always, Our Sweet Boy!"
Life sometimes brings very unexpected and touching moments that remind you there really is a bit of magic in the world around us. Prior to recording this album, I had always hoped that the album itself would tell a story and that each song would have it's own story. After months of work I realized that you have to live through a story first rather than simply look for or think of one. This is one of the stories I encountered along path of creating "Dreamland – Lullaballads".
While recording this album, I had a very touching conversation with the recording engineer who now is a good friend (Joey Heier). I never noticed a tattoo Joey had on his arm and decided to ask him about it. It was a picture of a beautiful little boy. This little hero was his son, Robbie, who had passed at the age of 5. Robbie was born with an unfortunate rare genetic condition - Epidermolysis Bullosa. He had to be kept on many medications and wrapped in gauze daily to be kept alive. Joey proceeded to show me a few pictures of Robbie. Picture after picture his eyes and smile shined so bright, I was simply captivated. Joey also shared some touching stories with me about what a loving, cheerful, kind and wonderful child he was despite his painful condition. I had forgotten all in that moment and was simply speechless, at the strength of this remarkable child and also at the strength and caring hearts of his parents. Joey and his wife, Chris, keep Robbie in their thoughts daily, living their lives as the people he could always look up to.
After our conversation I went to record the next song I had planned for that day. It was one that Joey had not heard previously and one that I had not sung in a while. I gave Joey a lyrics sheet and went into the recording booth. I began singing and almost felt the music disappear with each word. This was a song that was looking for a name and a story. As I was singing my eyes welled up with tears and as I looked through the window of the recording booth I saw Joey's eyes fill with tears as well. I sang the song out to the end and we had our perfect vocal take. The song had its story…I knew right away that this was "Robbie's Song" ... there was no question about it. This is how "Robbie’s Song" came to be…and will hopefully forevermore convey the bright light that this extraordinary little boy was in the world. Some moments are never forgotten. This is one I will always keep in my heart.
... Each day when I think of Robbie, I smile.