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Happy Birthday to Me

January 9, 2023

Midnight (New York time): official release of “Open Road”

4:00 a.m. – Got a lot done on one of my compositions

9:00 a.m. – Started a brand-new delightful piano student

1:30 p.m. – More piano students

5:30 p.m. – Red Robin for french fries, I mean, a burger

7:00 p.m. – Fred Meyer for Häagen-Dazs rocky road ice cream

Interspersed throughout the day, there were phone calls, texts, FB posts, and private messages. Y’all are too kind.

All in all, a great start to the birthday month.

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.