In the spirit of what Syrendell is all about - sharing the joys of the arts and music and connections - here is a video produced by daughter Joey Tan with her friend Katie Krasnansky. They spent an afternoon at home arranging, editing, performing, and recording Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness as a cover song.
Joey is with the Davis Senior High School's Jazz Choir under the direction of Mr. Bill Zinn, and Katie was also with the Choir and graduated from high school this year. Mr. Zinn is a brilliant teacher guiding his students to find their own brilliance. The opportunities that Joey has had to choose music, arrange, create ensembles, and perform on stage have given Joey (and her classmates) the self-esteem and self-confidence to share their beautiful voices with us.
Please enjoy this piece - a collaboration of brilliance and friendship.
Have a joyful day!
Be thankful for the blessings and moments.
Appreciate the big and small things.
Find the art and beauty that surrounds you.
Honor the past by living joyfully in the present.
Honor the future by living mindfully in the present.
Love deeply and give of yourself with compassion.
Trust your intuition, even if it means reaching for a second piece of pumpkin pie!
-- from the Tan Family
We are happy to introduce the new logo and new website! Syrendell is a living and breathing entity for the Tan family and it grows just like we grow. It evolves as we evolve. We wanted a clear, modern look to represent our web and marketing presence. We've moved into the 21st century and technology has allowed all of us to connect with each other through social media and other digital platforms. And yet, as you travel through our website, you will discover that the core of our work is connecting with each other face to face, hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder.
While the website may reach around the world, it is the people around us, our families and community, who we spend the most time with. Children who we guide in handwork and woodwork. Grownups who we teach wet on wet painting and Tunisian crochet. Families who consult with us for guidance into their homeschool adventures. And being parents ourselves, we value the closeness and nearness that is afforded by a family-owned business, and for this we are further feeling blessed by the energy of Syrendell.
We thank our supporters and friends who have stayed with us over the years, who have ordered our wooden snails and sprites, and ebooks on crochet patterns. They continue to honor us as their children play with our streamer wands and fairy houses, and as their children grow through homeschool experiences.
Teachers, administrators, and other business owners who advocate for education rich in creativity, imagination, authenticity, responsibility, and adaptability, thank you for your global charge of giving the children the love and support they need to live and lead the world they are making.
Syrendell is grateful to make a difference, no matter how great or small.