PRESS RELEASE - What Are Dreams Made Of?

Lauded and award-winning singer/songwriter, Lisa Sniderman, aka: Aoede (pronounced A-E-D), released her fourth full-length album and overall sixth release, What Are Dreams Made Of?, on September 24, 2013.

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. “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 my producer 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." 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.

Sniderman has 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. What Are Dreams Made Of? has received five prestigious Children’s Awards, including Creative Child Magazine’s “Preferred Choice Award”; Tillywig Toy “Best Creative Fun” Award and Family Review Center’s "Best of the Year" and “Gold Award,” an endorsement from KidsFirst, and was considered for the 56th Grammy Awards. The song “Fairy Tale Love” was a winner in the Children’s Music Category in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) (2012) and a Finalist for 2013, a Finalist for 2013 John Lennon Songwriting Contest 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. Aoede's song “Little Things” is a 2013 ISC Finalist, 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist, and Winner for National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) 2013 Family Faves.


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 “Beautifully narrated with a charming theatricality, What Are Dreams Made Of becomes more than just simple children’s audio literature; it is an emotional and musical journey that Ms. Sniderman has crafted in an effort to explore the realms of the unexplained and fantastical.  Her whimsical story is able to capture the minds of both children and deep thinking adults who enjoy tales of fantasy and mythology as tools for conveying emotion and metaphysical exploration.  Sniderman’s songwriting adds a maturity that does not seek to age but rather to impart wisdom on young listeners in the midst of a wonderful tale.  In short, this album has something for everyone; for the child that loves the fantastical adventure and the adult who loves beautiful songwriting that provokes the imagination to think beyond what is considered the “real”.”
Simone Brown, Fourculture

"Sniderman and her talented troupe of singers, character voices and musicians gallantly travel through this ambitious undertaking. Listeners will recognize when some of Sniderman's characters borrow traits from the greats who have gone before--Yoda, Gollum and Dobby, for example. The Dream Sequence reminded some of the playful and witty dialogue from Luc Besson's The Fifth Element. We applaud the creative effort and hope that Sniderman will work to further home her structure story and develop her characters to carry on in future fantasy adventures."
Parents Choice
, Recommended Award Winner-Storytelling

"If this album were any better it would be on Broadway.. a luscious rainbow of music, story, characters and adventure that will mesmerize children and entertain adults... magical worlds of music, tales, characters, excitement, concern, love and joy. Her albums are ostensibly for children, but really, the music is so sophisticated and the artists she joins with and directs are so talented that adults get lost in them..."
Patrick O’Heffernan, Vents Magazine

"Delving back into the Wonderhaven fantasy realm, she creates vividly inventive portraits of fairy and goblin characters prompted by a “nyxmare” to which creative children who spend hours in imaginative play will naturally gravitate. For anyone who listens to children’s music... it’s rare to find something that doesn’t get cheesily boring, irritatingly repetitive very quickly, becoming quite torturous... one could easily imagine how this airy and fantasy-filled album would translate into a children’s TV show or a movie... Hints of indie pop’s Feist, Lisa Loeb , Susannah Hoff and Ingrid Michaelson influences weave in and out like Renaissance festival ribbons on several tracks. There’s even a little reggae on “All This Mess”. During Aoede’s excursion to the underworld to prevent the white witch from winning, children will automatically become invested in how this story ends. For parents who enjoyed the Narnia, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter fantasy series, this album falls well within this genre. Will Aoede triumph in the end?  The album will keep the audience enthralled enough until the end to find out."
Carlita, Music Emissions

"Theater for your ears!"
Lisa Smith, Big Blends Radio

"In 'What Are Dreams Made Of?,' singer/songwriter Lisa Sniderman and her collaborators have created something more than just a unique combination of story and song. They've fashioned a fully-formed universe whose carefully wrought details rival those in the fantastical novels so popular with teens and tweens nowadays. In the story, Aoede The Muse sets out to understand her recurring bad dream (a 'Nyxmare') that overlaps with events in the magical town of Wonderhaven, where children have been going missing. Along the way we meet a cast of memorable characters - Luk, Morpheus, Goblins, The White Witch - some friendly, some not so much. The audio tracks regularly alternate between spoken word and melody, with songs ranging in tone from catchy pop to darker fare. The rich inventiveness of the characters, storyline, and language flesh out a mystical world into which listeners are drawn, the recording acting as a portal to the deepest levels of our imagination."

"Its like watching a musical with parts of speech to tell the tale and then breaks into music and back to the story. I loved the music and the tale.. I kept on smiling how fun it was, brought memories of a  child hood memory of a band I enjoyed which told a story and then begins to sing in each section of the show... When you hear the song and the story that is happening you can close your eyes and imagine this happening. a picture pops in your head of exactly what is going on. I feel as if I can see it happening without it being on TV or on my computer, no image needed. The music and tale gives you everything you need to understand what is going on.."
Natasha Miller-TestTryResults-Tomoson

"This new release reaches beyond the audience that she was embracing in her previous work and now she is embracing the older genre, the tweens and teens, as well as young adults... This is a captivating and inviting story shared in word and music. A beautiful piece of art in cd form. The picture she paints through her work is spellbinding and one that you will enjoy again and again. Child and parent alike can enter in to this fairytale world and experience this exciting new realm together."
Family Review Center (GOLD AWARD)

"Gr 3-8–In this mix of story and song, Aoede (pronounced A-E-D), a muse from Olympus, travels to the land of Wonderhaven to look for love… Aoede has a lovely soprano voice… This fun production should find a place in most library music collections for children. Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX "
Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX,
School Library Journal Book Verdict

"Taking cue from the magic of imagination and getting lost in a story, Aoede’s ‘Is Love a Fairy Tale’ captures the innocence and dream world so easily forgotten. Aoede’s mesmerizing, almost ethereal vocals transport the listener to a simpler time. While this album, a children’s album, has greater appeal to tweens, the message is still fun and engaging for all ages… This entire album surprised me, and really just put me in a great mood."
Melissa Kucirek, Hot Indie News

“Through a collage of timeless animation and inspired real-word vignettes, Aoede compels you back to youth and the unshakeable belief in happily ever after… Aoede’s quirky lyrics and fun, catchy hooks laid over well-crafted melodies transport one back to the innocence and magic of childhood. Is Love A Fairy Tale? is a musical journey that, in the end, leaves one tickled and in awe.”
The Akademia Music Awards-

“I found this collection quite interesting. It was almost like listening to a musical. Each track had some narration and some music but the Is Love A Fairy Tale? CD makes one continuous story. I would say that the story itself is good for pre-teens and would be especially appealing to girls. It talks about a young woman in search of love. She’s not sure what it is or how to find it. She looks lots of places and meets lots of interesting creatures in the mystical land where she lives. In the end we learn that ‘love is whatever you want it to be’ and is ‘the greatest thing of all’.”
Kerrific Online

“This CD is so catchy and unique… My 5 year old likes it… I think I may share this with my best friend who has 4 girls in her house. The music is very fun and engaging and stays in your head all day. I love all fairy tales, and I love Greek mythology even more so this is right up my alley. The narration through out really brings the story in the music together. We, well me and the 5 year old, really enjoy this and I can’t wait to share with my friend and her girls and see what they think too. 5/5″
Jenn’s Review Blog

"How fun! I really enjoyed this "audio book". It flows warmly, intertwining music, narration and leading questions, which take you in to the story line with a pre-set stage for what you are about to embark on. Between the sound effects and excellent narration, you can visualize the story well, as you walk along with the characters you will meet on the way. I love to put these on in the car when going for a drive ... everyone can relax and enjoy the story together. Then, when we stop for a bite to eat, we have something to talk about - the story! This is a well produced audio CD and I know you will enjoy it. Reading is awesome - I love to read! However, sometimes reading is not practical or inviting, which are the times you want something such as this to kick back and enjoy. Great for children ages 9-14 but I think all ages will enjoy the fun tale."
Family Review Center (GOLD AWARD)

"'Is Love a Fairy Tale?' uses spoken word and song to tell the story of Aoede the Muse and her search for love in the magical kingdom of Wonderhaven. Along the way she meets and befriends a cast of strange and wonderful characters - Morpheus, Binkle the garden gnome, Albert the ice cream vendor, Amala, and others. The lead vocals, script, and songs are by Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede. This talented songwriter has a gift for crafting pop melodies and lyrics so catchy you'll find yourself humming and singing along from the very first listen. Her voice has the unique ability to be simultaneously upbeat and plaintive, a quality that keeps the listener actively engaged. The arrangements are awash in warm harmonies and delightfully quirky, well-suited instrumental choices. The standouts include 'Make It Up As You Go,' a buoyant, catchy whistle tune that shows us that anything we can imagine, we can create. 'Little Things,' a delightful song about the pleasures to be had from life's simpler offerings, makes us wonder why the ukulele isn't used far more often in pop music. And the joyful 'Reason To Smile' uses trombone and tuba to great effect in ways that brings the Beatles to mind. As the narrative and musical selections take Aoede through the ups and downs of love and life, an overall philosophy emerges, one that seems to say, 'love is real, love is life - and life is good.' Amen to that."

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