What fans are saying about Lily Cat's Very Good Day: 'These songs are beautiful!!! Just absolutely beautiful!!! They totally delight the inner kid in me.' Sonya E. 'I think you're promoting peace and harmony on a grass roots level.' Mike C. 'What I love about Lily Cat Music for Kids is that it's fabulous for everyone.' Colleen Hi, I'm Martha Maria, the woman behind Lily Cat Music for Kids. I live in a small white house in the woods in the shadow of the Cumberland Mountains, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. That little white house is also where most of my music is produced and recorded. When I'm not working on music, I'm wife to Bob and mother to Joseph and Walker. When I was a little girl, we had an old upright piano in our house. Some of my best memories are of sitting on that piano bench, banging on the keys and singing at the top of my lungs, probably when I was about two. When I was four, I started playing for real, just by ear. My father got me a teacher and I really took off. I learned to play the piano by studying the usual classics, but when I was 11, I went to a craft festival in the mountains and heard an old woman playing a mountain dulcimer. I fell in love with that modal sound! All I wanted for Christmas was a mountain dulcimer of my own. The dulcimer opened the door to singing. I loved the Appalachian and British folk songs and ballads and started collecting and singing them. I think when I was a teenager, I was known primarily as the girl who could play the dulcimer and sing. But I was always a shaky, nervous performer. It was the music I loved, not the recognition. I went out of state to college and other pursuits took me away from music for several years. I really owe my return to music to my husband. After the children were born and had started to school, I got a piano again and started playing and improvising, timidly at first. My husband would always encourage me.' Martha, that's beautiful. You should do something with that.' And then one summer day, on our way down to the Ocoee River (my husband is a raft guide on the river) I overheard my husband talking to his cousin and he said, 'I think Martha should be a composer.' Hearing him say those words was all it took. I've been composing and writing songs, solo piano and other instrumental music (sometimes night and day) ever since. In 2011, I began recording for my general audience as Dogwood Daughter and I still do. But in 2012, I got a phone call from my old 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Elm Grove Elementary School, Miss Picklesimer, who insisted that I must start writing for children. At first, I thought she was crazy, but as usual, Miss P. was right! Now, I LOVE writing for children. It's my favorite kind of music to write and record. Thank you, Miss P., for still being my teacher! And how did I choose the name Lily Cat Music for Kids? I looked out the window and saw my old cat, Mr. Darling, sunning himself among the day lilies in the front garden and the name just popped into my head. Besides, when I was a little girl, my cats were always my best friends.