(Volume III: Alan St. Jean Bio Trilogy)
Alan St. Jean has written music since the age of eleven. Alone. As the fates would have it, he never connected with any musical friends during his years growing up. He dreamed of one day finding music 'buddies' and starting a garage band. But it was not to be. No music buddies. No garage band. Just life. Family. Work. Once, when he was bored, he even drew a picture of a band with elephants. It was just a dream...
And then, one day after being all grown up, he met a fella named Jay Robison. Jay was the piano player for his family of singers that happened one day into the church Alan attended. They hit it off immediately. Alan St. Jean recorded his first project in Jay's recording studio (Power Play Studio in Columbus, Ohio) based on music he had written and played in church while growing up. The project was called 'The Tree'. You can find the CD here on the website under the music tab and download it for free.
When Mr. St. Jean started writing books in 2004, he told his friend Jay that he was going to write music to go along with his stories. Jay loved the idea and suggested that they take it a step further and create music videos from the songs. They had never created a music video before...but why should that stop them? They called Jay's brother, Justin Robison, in to help. He's the drummer AND bass guitarist in the Daydream's Collection music videos. Like his brother, Justin was also musically gifted...and what a great sport! The poor guy was placed in some pretty difficult situations while creating Mr. St. Jean's music videos. He had to play his bass guitar in the African wilderness next to a lion (dangerous!) - and was even asked to confront a spider (ninja style!). Somehow, Justin survived.
Justin's best moment came in the video based on Alan St. Jean's song 'Ugly Duckling' where he makes an incredible on-screen transformation. Or does he? The lesson of this moving video is one Mr. St. Jean speaks to students about: There is no such thing as ugly, but there is such thing as difference. We are all different to be sure, but the fact that we are all uniquely different is what makes us so very beautiful.
The Ugly Duckling music video is below,
get the popcorn!