Thankful For Love: From the Bedside to the Recording Studio

Thankful For Love: From the Bedside to the Recording Studio

September 18, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


I’m an artist-in-residence which means
that I get to go around to the patient population at UF Health and to share
visual art and music with them. The hospital experience is about healing. I
figured if I can put some music like a soundtrack to someone’s life about, you
know, what they’re feeling, what they’re going through, then maybe it can be an
aid in helping someone to heal. Ricky is an amazing songwriter. He has a gift
for writing songs and he has a really amazing talent for connecting with
patients. The children’s album came about from working with several children in my
everyday practice. Specifically with the little girl named Brianna. When my
daughter was diagnosed for the heart condition, a very rare heart condition, my
daughter getting the news of something so heavy; there was a spark of I’m seven and I
have this rare disease that people are trying to explain to me, but in the
meantime I get to create and have an outlet and have a process. So we started to think about things we were thankful for and she listed her dog, her
brother, God, her family. So I just started to jot these things down in my
phone and I was like ‘do you mind if we try to write a song about this’ and she
said okay. I don’t think a kids
album should just be bouncy and happy, especially for kids that are going
through cancer treatments or like waiting for heart. So I tried to write in
veins that would speak to several different emotional stops in their stay
at the hospital. So that was kind of the birth of what now is an eight song album for kids.