About Naomi LaViolette
I’m Naomi, a singer-songwriter from the rainy and beautiful forests of the Pacific Northwest.
My songs are full of the stories, emotions, celebrations and struggles of what it means to be human. It’s my passion to make music at the intersection of empathy and creativity. I sincerely hope listeners feel understood, encouraged, and inspired to live authentically.
Thank you for listening. The songs I put out there are for you. Wherever you find yourself on your journey today, just know that you’re not alone.
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Saving His Music Project with Steven Goodwin
Saving His Music is a collaborative project to preserve the compositions of Steven Goodwin. Steven received a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition in 1971 and has shared numerous compositions throughout his life. After Steven was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, he became increasingly unable to perform his piano compositions, most of which are neither recorded or written down. Naomi LaViolette has met with the Goodwin family frequently to learn, recapture, and record many of his compositions.
Learning Steven’s music required Naomi’s ability to play by ear, interpret jazz harmonies, express passionate melodies, and perform the songs as if he himself were playing the piano. She describes their project as, “rewarding and life-giving for everyone involved. Steven’s music is stunningly beautiful and deserves to be preserved and publicly shared.”
The first CD, “The Nature of Love,” features 16 of Steven’s compositions. For more information (including concerts, making a donation, and the continuation of the project) click the link below to visit the project website.
New painting commissioned for “Forevermore” – Naomi LaViolette
I am thrilled to unveil the painting that will be used to create the cover art for my new single, “Forevermore”.
This is “Unexpected Blessings,” by the amazing Jennifer Yoswa, painted on canvas after I sent her the lyrics to the song. Behold…
“Forevermore” is a song inspired by step-parenting, to be released on June 8th in celebration of (and in-between!) Mother’s and Father’s Days.
My patrons will get the song a whole WEEK early. Plus they get the opportunity to submit family photos for the “Patron Photo Video” that will accompany this song. It’s not too late to get in on the patron-fun for this song… just click below!
Thanks for reading, supporting, listening, and all you do to keep this freelance musician-artist thing alive…!
The Story Behind the Song Forevermore:
When I married the love of my life in August 2016, I gained a step-daughter while he gained a step-son and a step-daughter. We were instantly a family of 5. Our challenging and beautiful journey has inspired “Forevermore,” a song that celebrates love and commitment in families.
As parents, we are reminded every day that love is a choice. In all types of parent-child relationships, (whether biological, step, foster, or adopted), it is not always easy to bond with a child. I’ve learned firsthand that the step-parent/step-child relationship grows gradually with commitment and consistently loving actions. In order to be an additional source of love and support in my stepchild’s life, I’ve needed to grow and change in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’ve had to face and accept my weaknesses, have compassion for myself and my family members, and be patient with the bonding process. I often say that parenting is the cure for perfectionism. It’s impossible to get it right all the time. I’m learning to be okay with being a “good-enough” parent. The blessings and challenges of leading and nurturing children are sometimes unexpected and always worth the effort.
It’s interesting how sometimes in life, events come full circle. Recently, while participating in the Oregon Symphony Lullaby Project, I’ve helped moms experiencing homelessness compose songs for their children. In the midst of parenting through traumatic life circumstances, their songs will encourage commitment in their families, be soundtracks of love for their children, and strengthen the desires and goals for emotional and physical stability in their lives. In a similar way, the writing and recording of “Forevermore” has provided me the opportunity to process and preserve what I am learning as a parent, with music expressing the soul, heart, and emotion of my thoughts and feelings. This song will always be a testament to my commitment to love the children entrusted to my care.
Thanks to the Team:
“Forevermore” releases in-between Mother’s and Father’s Days on June 8, 2018. In sharing this song with the world, I hope to support and encourage the devotion that creates strong families. May our lives be full of love!
Finally, I’ll close with acknowledging the people that helped this song come to life:
- John Morton (For walking this journey of parenting and step-parenting with me)
- Piper Morton (For naturally being one of the most loving and positive people I know. It’s an honor to be your step-mother)
- Kiel Bishop (Production, engineering, mixing & mastering)
- Jennifer Yoswa (Artwork) View Jennifer’s work
HUGE thanks to these wonderful folks for being a part of this song.
I really hope you enjoy listening to “Forevermore,” and that the love it portrays fills your heart with hope and inspiration. Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.