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Upon the release of her popular, award winning storytelling CD Is Love A Fairy Tale? in 2012, singer/songwriter Lisa Sniderman promised that the adventures of her musical alter ego, the charming young protagonist Aoede The Muse, in the magical kingdom of Wonderhaven would continue. A brilliantly inventive work combining narration, story, colorful offbeat characters and music intended for young adult audiences, What Are Dreams Made Of? (Sep 2013) finds Aoede exploring realms of darkness and light in the wake of a bad dream (a “nyxmare”) in which she is continually haunted by a white witch and children go missing.

As the fascinating tale full of unexpected twists and turns evolves, Aoede has to explore both overland and underworld, where she meets magical characters, including fairies, goblins and dream gods to figure out what her dream means. While Is Love A Fairy Tale? found its sizeable audience with a younger crowd, What Are Dreams Made Of? and its edgier themes are aimed at more mature tweens and teens. Fans of that age, who have made Harry Potter, the “Twilight” series and “The Hunger Games” pop culture phenomena, will enjoy the compelling storyline and infectious songs – as well as Aoede’s exploration of the deeper mysteries of life.

Though most of the songs are, in traditional musical style, embedded as part of the unfolding story, Sniderman is planning to release two of the songs she wrote for What Are Dreams Made Of? as singles: the whimsical, vocal harmony laden “Life is But A Dream” and the mystical, hypnotic ballad “Into the Deep.” Fans of artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Feist, Lily Allen and A Fine Frenzy have long resonated with Aoede’s passionate songwriting and inimitable, breathy and enchantingly quirky soprano. In addition to the return of narrator Kevin Ponthier, the collection includes guest voice artists, renowned actor Michael Des Barres
(“Phobetor”) and David Yow (“Luk”), founding member of the band The Jesus Lizard. The uniquely collaborative project was produced and engineered (as the first project was) by Aoede’s chief collaborator, Scrote, who has worked with Jackson Browne, Van Dyke Parks, Daniel Johnston and The Stripminers.

“I enjoyed the many challenges, artistic growth, collaborations, opportunity to reach a new niche, and all the fan and industry accolades so much from creating Is Love A Fairy Tale?,” says Sniderman. “I wanted to create another musical story revolving around Aoede’s adventures in Wonderhaven. This time I center on a theme I’m sure tweens, teens and adults have strong associations with: dreams. This is a much darker story, and unlike Fairy Tale, Scrote and I created the story and music for What Are Dreams Made Of? simultaneously, each informing the other. It is very theatrical and you can really experience that aspect when you hear the characters’ voices.”

Sniderman, a well known San Francisco based recording artist and philanthropist, launched Aoede and her surrounding world, after a lengthy hospitalization for Dermatomyositis (DM), a debilitating muscle disorder. Aoede (named after the first muse of song in Greek mythology) became the singer’s alter ego on her radiant 2012 album Skeletons of the Muse. Songs from the recording reached #1 on Reverbnation’s San Francisco pop chart and #8 on the national chart. The success of the release party for Skeletons of the Muse, which included a fascinating multi-media performance and the debut of the colorful video for “Fairy Tale Love,” inspired Sniderman her to create Is Love A Fairy Tale?, which weaved charming spoken narrative around songs from Skeletons and several new compositions.

Sniderman added to her lengthy shelf of awards and musical accolades several times with Is Love A Fairy Tale?, which won Children’s Album of the Year at the L.A. Music Awards and two awards (Best Folk Recording and Best Folk Video) at the Indie Music Channel 2013 Awards. It also received three prestigious Children’s Awards, including Creative Child Magazine’s “Preferred Choice Award”; Tillywig Toy “Sterling Fun” Award and Family Review Center’s “Gold Award.” The song “Fairy Tale Love” was a winner in the Children’s Music Category in the International Songwriting Competition (2012), will appear on the soundtrack of “Fae” (a documentary about fairies) and received a Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) nomination for Best Alternative Song. The video for “Fairy Tale Love” screened at Indie Fest (Garden Grove, California and Indie Gathering International, where it won for Best Music Video. The Aoede song “Little Things” was a finalist in the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Winner for National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) 2013 Family Faves.

“The overall idea for these projects is to create a compelling fairy tale story for tweens, and I had a wonderful
time rising to the challenge of writing the entire script and creating a whole world for Aoede,” says Sniderman.
“I’ve come to believe that everything I do is art, whether I am making a music video or writing a script for a
children’s album. It isn’t so much the medium but the expression and desire to connect with new audiences that drives me. Music is my lifeline…I just can’t stop creating.”

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