Simms sisters release first CD
A trio of singing sisters have dedicated their first CD to their parents, who introduced them to music at an early age and fostered that fondness for harmony all their lives.
“There was always music being played in our house. It’s something we were exposed to on a daily basis. Our parents always encouraged us to sing.”
–Ali Simms-Power, Cupids
Studio in South River, owned and operated by Dave Fitzpatrick, around mid October.
Fitzpatrick also did the music and assisted the sisters with the back up vocals. Katey Simms was responsible for all the photography while Katherine MacDonald did the graphics.
The Simms sisters received the first copy of the CD on Dec. 21, 2009, the same day their mother, who was residing at the Harbour Lodge in Carbonear, suddenly took sick.
The 80-year-old had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, years before and the disease had taken over her life.
“She was a very loving mother and a happy person who never complained,” her daughters recall. “ The Alzheimer’s took all that from her. It’s a horrible disease.”
The women took the CD to the Harbour Lodge and played it for their mother.
“It was a rough copy, but we really wanted her to have a chance to hear it. She was such an inspiration to us and she would have been so proud,” said Ali.
Although their mother was unconscious, the sisters believe she heard every word.
“ The nurses told us the last sense to go on a person is their hearing, so we believe she was able to hear the CD,” says Mandy.
Alice Simms passed away on Christmas Eve, 2009. Her daughters plan to donate some of the proceeds from the CD sales to the Alzheimer’s Society. They feel the CD is a bittersweet accomplishment.
“ We’re really happy and excited about it, but mom isn’t here to share in it and that makes us really sad,” says Mary.
The first shipment of the Simms Trio CDs arrived Feb. 15, on their father’s 80th birthday.
“ He was very proud of it,” says Alice. “Actually we dedicated the CD to both our parents thanking them for introducing us to music at an early age and for their constant encouragement.”
The sisters say one of the songs on the CD “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing” reminds them of their parents.
“It isn’t really a gospel song, but it has a lot of meaning and talks about a couple going through life together, of love, marriage and never parting. It reminds us so much of mom and dad,” says Mary.
Mother’s Day performance
Most of the songs are old time favourites, in fact they’re so old, no copyright was needed.
“ You don’t have to get a copyright for songs over 50 years old,” explains Ali.
The sisters are pleased with how well the CDs are selling.
“ The release party (March 19) went really well,” says Ali. “ We were thinking that we would get about 40 or 50 people at the most, but over a hundred showed up.”
The Simms Trio CD is available at most stores in the Cupids/Brigus area or can be ordered by emailing thesimmstrio@ hotmail.com.
This coming Mothers Day will no doubt be a difficult one for the Simms Trio and their family. The three sisters plan to spend part of it celebrating their mother’s life and the love that she bestowed upon them by performing at St. Georges Heritage Church in Brigus.
LOVING PARENTS - The Simms Trio have dedicated their first CD to their parents Albert and Alice Simms of Marysvale for introducing them, and their four other siblings, to music at an early age. Alice, 80, who had been afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, passed away on Christmas Eve, 2009.