- The Secrets of Plymouth Rock by Diane L. Finn
- From 1620 to 2020: A look back at the Mayflower landing.
- Plymouth Massachusetts 1620-2020
- About 2020 | Mayflower Heritage and History
- A Fresh Take on the Mayflower’s History
- Plans for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower
- The Mayflower Sets Sail
- The 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims journey
- Mayflower 400 and Beyond 1620-2020
- America’s Museum of Pilgrims Possessions
- The 400th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims
Plymouth Rock has a new Plymouth Rock Song and it’s called Have You Ever Visited Me? It was written by Candido Bretto. Take a listen to 4th and 5th graders from Cold Spring Elementary School of Plymouth, Massachusetts as they sing it.
HAVE YOU EVER VISITED ME?
Copyright 2017 Candido Bretto
Have you ever visited me in Plymouth, Massachusetts?
I’m the proudest little rock you’ve ever seen
Wanna pop on by feel free, you don’t need an invitation
To see my rockin’ place in history
I’m smaller than I once was, yet I’m stronger and it’s because
The folks in Plymouth take great care of me
I’ve got a house down by the sea, I’d love your company
I’m Plymouth Rock, have you ever visited
Well if not, do consider it
What a spot, have you ever visited me?
What do you think about the kid’s performance and the new Plymouth Rock song? We think they were great and so is the song. But of course, we’re a little biased as we feel the words and music came directly from the rock and the pilgrims through a force of nature yet to be understood by man LOL. More on that later.
Click here to listen to 11 more songs from “Rockin’ The Secrets of Plymouth Rock!”
Plymouth’s newspaper the Old Colony Memorial released an article today about the book and CD. You can read the article by clicking here.
Thank you to David Kindy for having an interest in The Secrets of Plymouth Rock and taking the time to talk to me, Diane Finn and Taylor Nardone.
That’s right it’s party time! The CDs are done and they’re ready for the public. I’m very excited! We’re having a party at the Mayflower Society House on October 27, 2019 at 1pm. I’ll be there and so will author Diane Finn and illustrator Erin Finn Zell. It’s my and Michelle’s way of saying “Thank you”. CDs and books will be available for purchase. Author Diane Finn will also have “I Know the Secrets of Plymouth Rock” t-shirts for the students. This journey began for me in February 2017 when I wrote the foundation of the lyrics. I finished the foundation of the music later that year on Christmas Eve. It felt like a gift. Now it’s time to celebrate that gift and thank those Plymouth students, parents and teachers who took part in this unique musical project!
Where: Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow St Plymouth, MA 02360
When: Sunday, 10/27/19
On Saturday, 5/5/19 and Saturday, 5/11/19 twenty-eight 4th and 5th grade students from 6 Plymouth area elementary schools (Cold Spring Elementary School, Nathaniel Morton Elementary School, West Elementary School, South Elementary School, Federal Furnace Elementary School and Hedge Elementary School) sang all 12 songs in the Funk Lab recording studio owned by actor Johnny Drama Alves of A&E’s Wahlburgers. Listen to the songs.
Four months have passed and I am pleased to say that we are in the final stages of mastering the music. What started in March of 2017 as an idea is about to become a reality. To fully understand why I wrote the songs you need to read the “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock”. When you purchase the book:
1. Look for the song titles within the book.
2. When you come across a song title, play the song.
3. Allow the voices of Plymouth’s children to be your escort through the story.
The other day someone said to me, “What you’re doing is very special. It’s like a gift to the Town of Plymouth.” I said, “Yeah, I guess you’re right.” With 2020 right around the corner there’s no better time than now to “experience” the book and songs. You won’t believe how much better you feel after sharing it with your child, grandchild or classroom.
Designing the album cover? Now that’s something completely different. Lucky for me I have a talented Illustrator, Erin Finn Zell helping me out. She created the illustrations for “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” storybook the songs are based on.
My team of orchestrators came by Cybersound Studios on July 10, 2019 to sprinkle some love on today’s “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” session. They are L-R: Sowon Lim, Jacob Kang and Steven (Joongwon) Hwang.
I’d like to introduce you to the orchestrators behind 6 of the songs. Their names are Steven (Joongwon) Hwang, Sowon Lim and Jacob Kang. They are also seniors at Berklee College of Music. These 3 young orchestrators took my songs to another level. It was like they was inside of my head. As a team they followed the psychology behind the music and lyrics flawlessly on Secrets to Tell, Fine Day, Mr. Seagull, A Speck in the Distance, Sights and Sounds of the Sea, and New and Wonderful Home. It was such a joy to work with them on this project and I look forward to working with them again.
I feel so blessed to have found Steven (Joongwon) because he is the one that put this amazing team of fine musicians and writers together for me. They took my songs to a whole new level with their talents. Thank you so much Joongwon, Sowon and Jacob!
As the celebration of the Landing of the Pilgrims approaches we think about the Pilgrims and their 400 year old story. The Landing of the Pilgrims told by Plymouth Rock itself is what The Secrets of Plymouth Rock and we’re all about here at PlymouthRock.org. It’s an Early American story about a group of individuals in search of a better way of life. Did they find it? Most did, others perished sadly during the first year. Landing in Plymouth was a big thing but surviving in The New World? Well, that was another and to survive the cold, long Winter the Pilgrims needed the help of the Wampanoag Tribe. “Rockin’ The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” mentions the Wampanoag lyrically in the 1st song, 01 MP3 Secrets To Tell (karaoke). This has been done deliberately.
Remember The Wampanoag Way.
On December 18, 1620, everything changed for an ordinary rock when what started out as “A Speck In The Distance” from the shore became the ship Mayflower. 1620-2020 is a long period of time. During that time a lot happened to Plymouth Rock. Diane Finn’s “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock,” tells the story of what happened from 1620-1920.
In 1920 there was the “Voice Of Plymouth Rock” at the 300th Anniversary of the Landing of the Mayflower in Plymouth. 100 years later, the rock’s voice is heard once again. Only this time it sounds like 28 Plymouth elementary school students singing their hearts out. The album is coming out in October. We may even have a CD release party at the Mayflower Society House in the early Fall. Stay tuned!
With the 400th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims right around the corner “Rockin’ The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” is the perfect way for elementary students around the US to celebrate along with the students of Plymouth Massachusetts. The themes of the 400th celebration are innovation, exploration, self-governance, religious expression, immigration, and thanksgiving. “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock” and “Rockin’ The Secrets of Plymouth Rock Play together touch upon each theme, teaching Early American history through music.
On Saturday May 4 and Saturday May 11, 2019 some Plymouth elementary school students got an opportunity to see what it was like to sing in a professional recording studio. 28 students from Cold Spring, Nathaniel Morton, West, South, Federal Furnace and Hedge elementary schools took part in a recording project of Candido Bretto’s called “The Secrets of Plymouth Rock.” Candido composed 12 songs based on a storybook of the same name written by Diane Finn and illustrated by Erin Finn Zell. The students were recorded singing at Johnny Drama Alves’ Funk Lab recording studio located here in Plymouth. EdTV was there also capturing video for future airing.
“From the time I began writing the songs I knew they needed children to be complete. It’s like a dream come true to hear all of their sweet, precious voices.” -Candido Bretto
A big “thank you” goes out to all of the music teachers. You saw the importance of this project and took time out of your personal lives to make this recording project happen. A special “thank you” goes to Taylor Nardone of Federal Furnace elementary school for enthusiastically presenting the project to the schools. Taylor was there for each school’s performance and assisted in many ways so “Thank you Taylor!”
A great big “thank you” goes out to the parents who willingly gave up a couple of hours on a Saturday to bring their child to the studio. Last but not least, thank you to all of the students. I had so much fun watching you in front of the microphones in the Funk Lab. You made me laugh, made me cry but most of all made me proud and you should be proud too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are the new voice of Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims. From what I’ve heard thus far folks will be enjoying your voices for a long time to come.
You can hear snippets of the students as they are added to our Songs page.
The CD will be accompanying the book in local stores and gift shops. It will also be available for download here and at online stores.