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A few months ago I entered the Song Of The Year contest in their Lyric Only category. Today I received notice of winning the Honorable Mention Songwriting Award. Even though I’ve produced this song, Just Beneath The Surface in three different music styles, I always felt it was my best lyric with or without music. The story of Just Beneath The Surface was inspired by the tragedy of such events as the Columbine School shooting. In my story there is a close call, yet happy ending. This song is also the basis for a screen story that I’m working on. You can see the lyric on the Songs page accessed at the top of this page.

Just Beneath The Surface - Honorable Mention

Just Beneath The Surface – Honorable Mention

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My whole life there has been one person, my best friend, my mother who has been there through it all. This month she made her transition and my life was changed in a second. I’ve been living with her in Cathedral City, CA for the past seven months being her caregiver since her pulmonary doctor told her she may only have about six months to go.

I’ll be posting more about her and showing many more photos of her fantastic life as well as building an obituary site that people can sign into and tell their personal story of how she touched their lives. From being a child music prodigy who rode and raced a horse named Raimee to being Miss California to being a mother to being Mrs. Richard Conte traveling Europe making movies…she lived many lifetimes in one and will be missed to the depths of our hearts.

A few years ago I interviewed her in my recording studio for hours/days and once again heard the stories I grew up hearing. From her early life’s stories I have written/completed the screenplay “My Raimee” about her as a ten year old girl on a farm in Kansas meeting one of the great love’s of her life, a high spirited horse that few could ride, but that she went all the way to the race track with. This story is now part of my mother’s legacy as are the hundreds and hundreds of photos and the memories of those she touched along the way.

Shirlee Colleen Conte

Shirlee Colleen Conte, AKA Shirlee Garner-Witty-Krieger-Conte

Shirlee Colleen Garner on Raimee

Shirlee Colleen Garner on Raimee

Shirlee Witty (Garner) MISS CALIFORNIA 1956

Shirlee Witty (Garner) MISS CALIFORNIA 1956

Colleen Conte and husband Richard Conte

Colleen Conte and husband Richard Conte

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