“Sleep, Little Child” Makes Holiday Giving List, Receives Praise From Reviewer

December 8, 2010 (SALISBURY, NC) – When the Salisbury Post asked the local independent bookseller, the Literary Bookpost, to suggest books that would make good Christmas gifts, children’s section director Daphne Safrit included Sleep, Little Child in her top picks.

 

In the Sunday December 5th edition of the Salisbury Post, Safrit called the new picture book “a unique gem of a find for little ones from local children’s author and composer Marc Hoffman that comes complete with a CD. Autographed copies are available for an added special touch.”

 

The Literary Bookpost also named Sleep, Little Child as its Picture Book of the Month for December. In September, it was the store’s bestseller and Safrit predicted it would be again during the holiday season.

 

And in upstate New York, book review Sally Owen, author of the blog “In My Opinion” calls Sleep, Little Child a “wonderful children’s book that is illustrated beautifully and holds a very special message for your little ones…I was thoroughly impressed!”

 

Owen is also running a giveaway contest for a free copy of the book. Directions for how to enter the contest follow the review.

 

Sleep, Little Child is based on an original lullaby by author/musician Marc

The CD is tucked in a pocket in the back cover.

Hoffman of Salisbury. Illustrated by Charleston artist Tony Waters, it is a rhyming story in which a father assures his young son that he will sleep safely through the night because his heavenly Father is always watching over him. The book is intended for children from infancy through age seven.

 

Sleep, Little Child includes a CD tucked in a pocket inside the back cover that features Hoffman performing his original lullaby. Other tracks offer the instrumental-only version, plus two non-musical readings: one by the author and another by the author’s mother, radio personality Barbara Hoffman.

 

Published by Virillion Music, Sleep, Little Child is available at the Literary Bookpost, on the website www.sleeplittlechild.com, and on Amazon. For more information and to hear the lullaby, visit www.sleeplittlechild.com.

 

To see the entire “Books for Holiday Giving” list in the Salisbury Post, go to:

http://www.salisburypost.com/Entertainment/120510-book-holiday-picks-qcd.

 

To read Sally Owens’ review, go to http://CouponsAndFreebiesForYou.blogspot.com and click on “Sleep, Little Child Review & Giveaway.”

 

 

About Sleep, Little Child:

 

Synopsis: As babies grow into little children, there comes a time when they realize that, like themselves, Mommy and Daddy sleep at night, too. Where, then, is the watchful eye to look over them all night? Where are the protective arms to keep them safe when they close their eyes and drift away into dreams? “Sleep, Little Child” answers these questions with simple verse, soft music, and compelling illustrations. Composed and sung by Marc Hoffman and illustrated by Tony Waters, “Sleep, Little Child” is a lullaby with a comforting message: that Someone strong, loving and more powerful than even Mommy and Daddy is right there with all little children, keeping them safe and warm, and greeting them with the morning light. Publisher: Virillion Music. Retail price: $17.95. www.sleeplittlechild.com.

Marc Hoffman To Headline 2010 Blues & Jazz Event

Original jazz and blues comes to the City Club of Rock Hill.

September 22, 2010 (ROCK HILL, SC) – To promote his new CD Curioso, jazz composer/musician Marc Hoffman will perform a number of all-original tunes from the CD at the City Club of Rock Hill on Saturday, October 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. as part of Rock Hill’s 6th Annual Old Town Blues & Jazz Festival.

The City Club of Rock Hill is located at 140 Main Street in downtown Rock Hill, SC.

For this performance, Hoffman will be joined by Chris Garges on drums, Dave Vergato on bass, Chris Jones on guitar and Carrie Marshall on vocals.

Curioso features several tracks that were inspired by other jazz musician’s work. “Hefti” channels the light, lyrical work of Hoffman’s former composition professor, the late Neal Hefti. “Pontified” is Hoffman’s take on the late ‘70s music of Jean-Luc Ponty. “Introspective” is reminiscent of David Benoit’s smooth jazz. And Vince Guaraldi’s influence is apparent on the title tune, “Curioso.” 

Virillion Music released the CD this summer. Tracks can be heard on Marc Hoffman’s website, www.marchoffman.com, and at CDBaby, Amazon, and iTunes.

Hoffman’s upcoming gig follows recent performances at the Matthews Alive Festival in Matthews, NC, and for the “Tickling The Ivories” all-piano music concert at the Ashe County Performing Arts Center in Jefferson, NC.

Now in its sixth year, the Old Town Blues & Jazz Festival draws thousands of people from York County and throughout the southeast, showcasing some of the best blues and jazz entertainment in the region. Presented by the Arts Council of York County, the festival runs from September 30 and runs through October 2. For information on all the performances and to purchase tickets online, visit www.yorkcountyarts.org.

For more information on Marc Hoffman, visit www.marchoffman.com.

About Marc Hoffman:

Composer/pianist/vocalist Marc Hoffman received his degree in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied film composition at USC. He also attended The Dartington International Summer School of Music in Devon, England. His composition teachers have included John Corigliano, Leo Arnaud, Neil Hefti, and Sherwood Shafffer. A member of BMI and the American Composer’s Forum, he is also founder and artistic director of the Salisbury School of Music. He lives in Salisbury with is wife, Anne, and their daughter August. For more information Marc Hoffman and his work, visit www.marchoffman.com and www.myspace.com/marchoffman. He is also available on Facebook under Marc Hoffman Music.