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Restore The Joy

Late last year Mesquite musical duo Paige Lehmann and producer Mitch Mitchell announced a community-involved musical project titled “Restore the Joy!” and album written by Lehmann about her time with her late grandfather, Thomas Lehmann.

The duo auditioned and selected three Mesquite ISD high school orchestra students to be part of this album and their show at the Mesquite Arts Center at 7 p.m., March 29. The three MISD students selected to be part of this album are sophomore Haniston Halloway, 15, and senior Lilia Mease, 18, both of John Horn High School and senior Jonvieve (Evie) Pelino, 17, of North Mesquite. These three will also each receive $1,000 scholarships courtesy of Regenerative Medicine of Texas, Piano Note 1 Productions, and Lehmann, The Mesquite Arts Council, and the Mesquite community. Additionally, Mesquite ISD students can get into the show for free.

How did you feel about being chosen to be part of Restore the Joy?

Lilia: It is a great opportunity for growth musically, and it has pushed me in the right direction as far as college education. While my values have not changed, my mind has been opened to the world of collaborating musicians and what it means to be a performer as opposed to being a homogenous unit in a mass of classical string players.

Evie: I was excited because it’s not the normal music we do in school. It’s more exciting and different. The atmosphere is also different; I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s nice to play something different.

Haniston: I was eating lunch, and I screamed when I saw I made the album!

What instrument do you play?

Lilia: Violin 1

Evie: Violin 2

Haniston: Cello

What have you learned from Paige and Mitchell?

Lilia: I’ve learned a lot about the business end of music and the technical aspect of putting together a show and album. They kept us in the loop about the aspects, such as marketing, selling tickets, etc. I realize now everything that needs to be done to make these kinds of things happen. It’s been a good real-life practice. We learned the musical process from simple melodies and lyrics to the finished product of a song. I learned how to be more comfortable with improv and step out of my comfort zone. I’m a more confident musician now.

Evie: You can have fun in a work environment. You can do something for hours and hours without getting bored. They make it fun, not tedious like school. They made it fun and playful for us, and that’s nice! We learned how protools and mics work, and how the style of a song can change depending on how all of those are put together in order to create the song.

Haniston:  They always to tell us to do what we want, no matter what. We’re in high school and that’s a hard time. It’s nice to come here and have people actually believe in us- not just saying it. From when we started the project until now, I’ve learned more about Restore the Joy in myself!

What drew you to music? And how old were you when you picked up your first instrument?

Lilia: Music is part of me; I can’t distinguish a certain point of my life when I decided to play music. It’s as natural as anything. I was around 8 or 9 when I started playing the electric Barbie guitar. It was a toy, but it was big enough to play. Later, 5th grade, I started playing violin and I’ve been playing ever since.

Evie: I played recorder in 3rd grade. I was 8 when I first got my guitar; from then, I would play the piano and started violin in 6th grade. I started paying ocarina in 10th grade.

Haniston: I started when I was 8 or 9. I played the piano. I was inspired because I love gospel music. Watching musicians play at church was inspiring. I would watch the pianist play, who was great, and I wanted to play. I started playing cello in 6th grade because of my dad. He was playing cello in the living room and he let me try. I thought “wow! this is cool!”

Who are some of your musical influences?

Lilia: That’s a hard question! Steve Lacy; he created a whole EP just using his phone. Mrs. Garza, my elementary and middle orchestra director. Mr. Engel, who made my violin. Mrs. Allgood, my current orchestra teacher. Bruno Major, Tomppabeats, Paige for encouraging my musical ability, and my mom.

Evie: Mrs. Rosebury Bruner, my elementary school teacher. And my older brother. My parents, because they played music a lot when I was younger.

Haniston: My dad, Mrs. Allgood, Mrs. Moten, and my musician friends. All of my friends are musicians.

What’s your favorite song on the album?

Lilia: Either A Song Never Sung Reaches No One or Saved You A Skittle. I’m not sure which yet.

Evie: A Song Never Sung Reaches No One

Haniston: A Song Never Sung Reaches No One

What are you looking forward to about the concert?

Lilia: Witnessing the culmination of months of hard work, with three lovely young women, who share passion for music as much as I do will be a long-awaited conclusion to the project.

Evie: Getting to play and share the music with other people! Playing with my team.

Haniston: Finally getting to say what we’ve wanted to say with the music. Restore the Joy!

What are the top five songs on your playlist right now?

Lilia: Old Fashioned by Bruno Major, Can’t Get Over You by JoJi, Jeanie Ginger Root, Jasmine DPR Live, and Comfort by Julia Jacklin.

Evie: Whatever’s playing in my mind at any given time.

Haniston: Pushing 20 by Sabrina Carpenter, The Knife by Maggie Rogers, What A Feeling by One Direction, It’s not living if it’s not with you by The 1975, and Never Let Me Go by Florence and the Machine.

What do you do for fun? Hobbies?

Lilia: I love to go out to various shops and get boba AKA milk tea.

Evie: I do a lot of music. I read a lot. Sometimes I watch TV with my dad and brothers, and play video games with my brothers.

Haniston: I paint; I find it very relaxing. And I love eating with my friends.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Lilia: Maybe I’ll be married, maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll have children, maybe I’ll be in Mesquite, and maybe I’ll be traveling the world. I could be on a flight to France to meet with Paige for a 10 year reunion, but either way, I’ll still be working to please my God.

Evie: I would like to have a stable job doing art. Maybe I’ll have a family at that point.

Haniston: I don’t see myself next week! That’s crazy! I hope I’m positively influencing people around me. I don’t want to be a lost cause in someone’s life.

Music Mixologist

Mitch Mitchell, owner/founder of Piano Note 1 Productions and John Horn High graduate, established his company in 2012 and has since impacted many people and businesses, providing live sound, DJ and recording services. Mitchell records, mixes and masters audio for various genres and also does live sound events. His current project is in collaboration with Paige Lehmann, called Restore the Joy! where they’ve taken three Mesquite ISD orchestra students and recorded an album. They’ll also be putting on a show at the Mesquite Arts Center on March 29.

Why did you decide to start your own company?

I wanted to give back and create opportunities. I knew I had an entrepreneur spirit and goals I wanted to accomplish and do for other people, so I could never just work for someone else.

Why did you decide to go into the technical side of music?

I think all the different elements of music is important, and I like being able to mold them and create them in a way that can touch people.

How did you come up with your company’s name, Piano Note 1 Productions?

I love the piano and whatever I do I want to be No. 1 at it, and my vision is to have my company be a one-stop shop for their production needs whether they’re artists, musicians or businesses.

Why do you feel it’s important for you to be involved in the community?

I want to make sure the arts are being created not just in the Dallas-Fort Worth cities but more in the Mesquite area and make Mesquite more diverse. I want Piano Note 1 Productions to be an attraction for Mesquite because the city needs more things to be known for.

What kept you in Mesquite?

My family and business is here.

Were you involved in band growing up?

I was in the orchestra at John Horn. I played the violin for two years and the alto saxophone for four years.

Why are the arts important within a community?

Music brings all cultures together — the more a city is diverse the better, because it’ll help the city grow, people will enjoy each other more and it’ll spread more love. When people listen to music they put all their differences aside, they don’t think about how much they make, politics, they just think about music.

I have worked with all types of music, and one thing I realized about all of them is that they all have a message, but when you put everyone into one room they listen to the music.

Who was your musical idol growing up?

Michael Jackson. He was the person to always step outside of his comfort zone. He never tried to put himself in a box. The reason I say this is because when people ask me what type of music I record and what do I do, I tell them I record everything. He tried all types of sounds to create his own distinct sound that shaped who he was and his legacy.

What’s currently on your playlist?

I really don’t have a playlist; I like to listen to a little bit of everything because I’m always creating something. But I can listen to Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation album from beginning to end.

What is a favorite past Christmas memory?

I think about when everyone’s happy, everyone wants to be cheerful and joyful, and more people are giving during the holidays. Also listening to holiday music; I like listening to “Little Drummer Boy” and “Mary, Did You Know.”

What’s your vision for the future?

My vision for the future is to open doors for others who get overlooked with their talents, to be that person to tell them that they can do it, because I see a lot of talent being wasted that come in and out of these doors.

I’d also like to be recognized for my accomplishments and continue to create opportunities for people who have talent and continue to make the arts great.

Anny Sivilay with Star Local Media

 

 

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Mitch is a former Dr. John D. Horn High school graduate.  Mitch is the owner of Piano Note 1 Productions. He talks about the vision of Piano Note 1 Productions and his goals for the community. It was aired on August 23rd. If you missed the interview we have provided a clip below.

 

 

Piano Note 1 Productions Mesquite Chamber of Commerce

Piano Note 1 Productions has hit another huge milestone! The company has joined the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce. The Mesquite Chamber is comprised of business leaders around the community who contribute to the city’s economic growth and success. Piano Note 1 Productions will now be able to help other businesses with any audio or technical needs if needed. Likewise, Piano Note 1 Productions will also be able to acquire the products and services it needs from other local companies to keep the company strong and vibrant. The relations built between all of the businesses of the Chamber are very helpful in making Mesquite a better place to work, shop, and live. Be prepared to see Piano Note 1 Productions even more active in the community!

 

 

Piano Note 1 Productions put on its very first Music Showcase at The Mesquite Arts Center. Mitch says, “he plans to do more in the future”. This event was similar to the ”Showtime At The Apollo”,  and also like the ”America Idol. Mitch believes in creating a platform for musicians. His desires are to bring the arts to the Mesquite Community more than ever before.

 

Best of 2016 Mesquite
Best of 2016 Mesquite

Press Release

Piano Note 1 Productions Receives 2016 Best of Mesquite Award

Mesquite Award Program Honors the Achievement

MESQUITE May 18, 2016 – Piano Note 1 Productions has been selected for 2016 Best of Mesquite Award in the Recording Studios category by the Mesquite Award Program.

Each year, the Mesquite Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Mesquite area a great place to live, work and play