Coming down the Cottontrail:
My name is Marjo Wilson and I am the creator of the character and music and World of Cotton Dandee.
I live in a hay field with my husband Morten Jensen- and our dogs. We all go for long walks across the field and down by the creek- & down our little dirt lane which is lined with sweet timothy grass and wild oats, wild rose hips and blackberry bushes… There is a whole community of cottontails and quail living down our lane- and we watch them scurry about every time we pass by. I love this field we call home. Along with the cottontails and quail, we see deer, elk, cattle and horses and sheep and goats, hawks and owls and ravens on a daily basis. We hear coyotes every night. We see wild pigs and skunks and raccoons and bobcats and bears in our back yard- especially when it’s blackberry and wild plum season… and upon rare occasion we see mountain lions and badgers too. We love our wild home!
I’m a visual artist and a singer/songwriter too. My mother sang and taught me nursery rhymes and read all the CHILDREN BOOK Classics to me and my older brothers 'when we were very young.' I am forever grateful to her for the gift of patterning my young mind with imagination- music- song- melody- rhythm and rhyme.
Cotton Dandee has been a complete joy to create- and these days- I’m starting to think of Cotton Dandee as a dear friend- a guide- a teacher- a champion for the innocence in all of us- (no matter what our age or experience of life)- and an inspiration to express and 'play' everyday. Permission to build the feeling of JOY!
Thank you to my mother for all the early impressions of music- and thank you to Cotton Dandee for the ongoing creative adventure! It is a great honor and thrill for me to share the Music & Magic of Cotton Dandee with you all . My hope is that parents and grandparents and Teachers around the world will have FUN sharing Cotton’s vibe with all the children- at school, at home & in the car… Cotton’s music- his humor -his heart- his “Cottonisms” - his animal friends- his world!! His Joie De Vivre! ("JOY OF LIFE!" :)
— Peace and love!
From the heart of the Hayfield!