“Returning” – SongNotes DIGITAL packet – (September 2020)


digital package with 4 MP3 songs and a PDF of the articles about them



As the crisp air ushers in a new season, we are taking this month to present SongNotes in a different way than we have ever done before. We’re handing over the pen and the microphone to some other talented folks who will share their recordings and writings. 

September’s theme is RETURNING,  and our four guests each will bring a unique song and writing to highlight how “returning” stirs in their souls.

Sherdonna Denholm, church musician and songwriter in St. Louis, presents an original song to encourage the return to hope. (Read and listen: Returning to Hope, with Sherdonna Denholm)

Hannah Bakke, actor and singer-songwriter in Minneapolis, will offer an original ballad setting of a poem by a relative of long ago focused on the return to a familiar place throughout the seasons of life.

Joe Danielson, folk musician in Minneapolis (but native Wisconsinite ;-), will sing a tender and beloved film song that will have you returning to memories of your past and who you

Ami Andersen, a hymn writer and church musician in Minneapolis, will get you returning to wistful nostalgia with her recording of another familiar old movie favorite.

Our SongNotes from the Birds DIGITAL packets consist of
  • MP3 files of the featured songs for the month
  • A PDF of the printable collection of articles about each of the songs
    • Medium-large font

–    WHY BUY?    –


Pretend you’re at a concert while you relax on your own couch for your own private living room musicale. 

Host a small listening party or use the songs and writings as conversation starters with those in need of a pick-me-up.


When you are looking for a way to share new music and writings with low-tech seniors, or others who choose to not enter the online social space, our SongNotes from the Birds packets are a special option.

**Note that this item is digital – you will receive the PDF and the MP3 files for the songs, but we do not handle the printing or distribution.  See our PRINTED SongNotes products for that option.***


Our music and writings are chosen and created to reflect the values and interests of the more experienced generations that are special to us.  We personally love the sacred and classic music that populate our collections, and we find that the recipients appreciate seeing that their own familiar songs are not being forgotten amongst the busyness of what the global online world has to offer. Gifting of a SongNotes packet is one way to show that we remember and honor the lives that have been living much longer than our own, and to say, “I see you.  I love you. I want to include you.”

And – during this COVID quarantine time, it’s harder than ever to stay physically connected with those in senior living or skilled nursing facilities.  This gift is like a virtual concert experience to share even long-distance.


Download the files to read on a device and add to your audio playlists so that internet access is not a factor in experiencing and sharing this product.

You could even create your own CD and print your own booklet. (See our PRINTED SongNotes products if you want us to do that for you.)