Sis­ter act

Simms sis­ters release first CD

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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.

In­spi­ra­tion

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.

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