Music must tell a story…and that story is yours to create…

Welcome to the world of music and storytelling of composers Julianna and Carlos R Martinez, where each piece starts with: … “imagine,”


In the enchanting world of A major, “Radiant” comes to life. It’s a composition that weaves a tapestry of sunlit beauty, a realm untouched by clouds, where the sky stretches as an unblemished azure expanse. Picture a day when the gentle breeze caresses your skin, and the light bathes everything in a kind, golden embrace. It’s a day where emerald fields stretch as far as the eye can see, and you find yourself at the entrance of a village teeming with an atmosphere of festivity.
In this idyllic setting, the air is thick with an exuberant energy that sweeps you up and carries you away. It’s a day like no other, where joy reigns supreme, and every heart is lifted by the celebration. It is our hope that ‘Radiant’ inspires you.

May your countenance mirror the very essence of the piece. May you become a person who radiates their own unique and resplendent light. May you be filled with grace, kindness, and the will to change the world for the better.

The Barefoot Queen

Once upon a time, in a land where the sky hung heavy with gloomy clouds of gray, there stood a majestic castle that reached for the heavens, it’s architecture a testament to beauty and grandeur. Within this splendid fortresses lived a queen, her abode exquisitely decorated and majestically arranged. Here, she played host to a myriad of events – from grand concerts to dignitaries from distant lands – and she took great pride in her role.

To be a queen was no easy task, a life demanding discipline and unwavering focus. It was a life governed by strict protocols, each to be followed with meticulous precision. Her interactions were choreographed; the way she greeted people, the tone of her speech, the posture she held – strong and graceful.
Until on one remarkable day, a whim seized her. As she strolled through the castle, trailed by her attendants and a parade of visitors, she chose to defy convention. Breaking free from the constraints of her royal shoes, she ran with abandon. With wide eyes and a radiant smile, she outstretched her arms, sprinting barefoot across the hallowed halls. For a moment, she cast aside the rules that had defined her life, if only momentarily. And in that brief, daring escapade, she breathed.

The queen ran with abandon, cutting the invisible strings that bound her to protocol. Then, as her entourage raced frantically to catch up, she halted and took a deep breath. With regal grace, she donned her shoes once more, but the castle was no longer the same. She had become the barefoot queen – the queen who had dared to defy convention, the queen who had revealed that true grounding lay not in the trappings of royalty, but in the bareness of one’s soul. The Barefoot Queen, forever etched in history, was a symbol of living life to the fullest, of embracing the simple joys, and of shattering the fetters of expectation.

A Bolero in the City

It’s a story that reminds us that in the hustle and bustle of our lives, we often forget to pause, to appreciate moments of beauty and connection, and to find joy and purpose in the most unexpected places. It encourages us to seek a balance between the demands of our daily routines and the ability to cherish the simple, exquisite moments that make life truly meaningful.

In the heart of the bustling city, life was set to the rhythm of the metropolis. The alarm clock rang. Without missing a beat, throwing off the covers with an urgency matched only by the city itself, he jumped out of bed.

He moved to the bathroom, turned the shower on. Toothbrush in one hand, he tested the water temperature with the other for his shower. He came out and made sure that his day started flawlessly. He got dressed and headed toward the kitchen, finishing putting on his tie, where a freshly brewed cup of coffee awaited him, and the latest headlines streamed through his headphones.

Outside, he hailed a taxi, but just as he was about to step inside, a sound, soft and enchanting, reached his ears. It was a Bolero, a melody so different from the city’s usual discord. Slow, romantic, and deeply emotive, it wrapped around him like a warm embrace. His attention was stolen, and he turned to find the source.
There, just a few steps away, a group of street dancers moved gracefully to the music. Their steps were deliberate, their turns elegant. Their dance was a partnership, a dance of connection and shared emotion. The city’s frantic pace paused for a moment, replaced by a tranquil, almost otherworldly atmosphere.

But the taxi driver’s voice interrupted the spell. “Where to?” he asked. Breaking the enchantment, the rush of daily life returned, with its demands and deadlines. The young executive faced a decision: to stay and lose himself in the beauty of the Bolero or to continue with his relentless schedule.

He hesitated for a brief moment, torn between the allure of the dance and the obligations of his day. But then, he turned once more to watch the dancers and the captivated onlookers.

The taxi door closed, the city’s usual cacophony resumed, and the day carried on. Whether the executive chose to linger and enjoy the dance or proceeded with his duties remains a mystery. Life in the city moved forward, but the Bolero had left its mark.


In the heart of Argentina, where the sprawling pampas stretch as far as the eye can see, and the gauchos gather, there lies a place where traditions run deep. The vast landscapes are dotted with horsemen, dressed in their traditional attire, huddled around a crackling campfire. With a serenity that only nature can provide, they sip from their gourds, savoring the earthy warmth of Yerba maté.

But beyond the tranquil plains, Argentina is a land of dualities. It’s a place where the fiery passion of the tango competes with the calm of the countryside. In the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, the pulse quickens, and the soul awakens to the sensuous embrace of the dance.

Tango, with its mesmerizing allure, pulls people into its swirling rhythms. Two individuals draw close, their hearts beating in unison as they lock eyes. Their hands clasp in an intimate connection that transcends the physical. With each step, the dance tells a story of love, longing, and desire.

The music of the tango, with its melancholic bandoneón and soulful violins, weaves a spellbinding tale. It’s mystical, expressive, and poignant. The melodies resonate through the crowded dance halls, filling the air with longing and passion. The dancers move with lightning speed, their bodies in perfect harmony with the music, a testament to the human spirit’s capacity for connection.

As day turns to night in this land of contrasts, Argentina reveals its soul: a place where the gauchos celebrate the simplicity of life, sipping maté beneath the open sky, and where the tango dancers express the depths of human emotion through every step and note. It’s a country where tradition and passion coexist, where the spirit of the people is as diverse and enchanting as the landscapes that define their homeland.

The Wild Horse Overture

This piece is inspired by a symbol of untamed freedom: a magnificent horse. Have you seen a wild horse before? Horses are the animals of kings. The beast for battles. But this horse is not tamed by a king, it was the king. With each stride, it embodied the very essence of life itself.

The horse was a breathtaking spectacle, an epitome of wild beauty. It would trot gracefully, run with unbridled speed, and then, in an instant, come to a majestic halt.

The wind would caress its flowing mane and then there were moments when the horse would unleash its full potential, galloping so fast that it felt as if it were soaring through the very skies.
Pegasus of the valley, with every powerful stride, the horse’s spirit seemed to transcend earthly confines, and it was as if it truly could fly, defying gravity and embracing the boundless freedom of the heavens.

This horse, this symbol of power, muscle and majesty, was a living testament to the untamed beauty of the natural world, a sight that would leave anyone who witnessed it in awe.

The moral of the story is … be wild, be free.


Picture this: a solitary hiker stands at the foot of a formidable mountain, gazing upward at the arduous journey that awaits. The path ahead is steep and challenging, causing doubt to creep in and questions to surface. The ascent hasn’t even begun, yet the hiker is already grappling with uncertainty, much like how we often feel when embarking on something new or essential.

Every journey commences with a single step, driven by an idea and a deep desire. However, it’s crucial to remember that willpower plays a pivotal role. As the journey unfolds, doubts resurface halfway up the mountain. The thought of conquering the seemingly insurmountable peaks can be daunting. The idea of venturing into the unknown, akin to walking on the back of a giant, may feel impossible. But then, something remarkable happens.

Amidst the struggle, a newfound energy emerges. When you’re halfway up, you’re faced with a choice: continue your ascent or retreat to more comfortable ground. The hiker in our story decides to confront the fears, the pain, and persist along the path until reaching the summit.
The start of any endeavor or circumstance is often marked by difficulty. Even when there’s an initial surge of excitement, doubt and fear are inevitable companions. It is in these moments that we must reflect on our innate gifts, talents, and the tools we’ve been given to overcome challenges.

“Triumph” is a musical composition crafted in the key of E minor, evoking the sensation of a spiritual journey. As the hiker ascends, the music mirrors the increasing difficulty of the climb.

The phrase “Here we stand” becomes particularly fitting when we reach the E major segment of the composition, signifying our tenacity and determination to conquer the summit. “Triumph” is a musical testament to the human spirit, illustrating that even in the face of doubt and adversity, we have the power within us to overcome and achieve greatness.


“Embrace” is a touching composition that narrates the journey of a young girl with a dream of becoming a commercial pilot. This poignant story conveys the universal theme of aspiration and support that transcends the boundaries of age and time.

The narrative begins with the young girl, her dream of flying commercial airplanes seeming distant and unattainable. However, she doesn’t let the odds deter her. Instead, she creates a makeshift airplane from cardboard boxes, demonstrating her determination and creative spirit. As she takes a seat in her cardboard cockpit and starts the imaginative engines, the story takes flight, much like the aspiring pilot’s dreams.

It’s at this moment that her father notices her, and his heartwarming gesture of extending his arms to reach hers symbolizes the embrace of parental support. He gently lifts her and the cardboard airplane into the air, creating circles that mimic the sensation of flying. This act of love and encouragement is a pivotal moment in her journey, showing how a simple gesture can inspire and empower a young soul to chase their dreams.
The story then evolves as time progresses. The young girl transitions from playing with a cardboard airplane to flying crop-dusters, signifying her growing determination and evolving skills.

With each passing year, she becomes more ambitious and resolute in her pursuit of becoming a pilot. Along the way, she receives the embrace of those who believe in her. This support from friends, mentors, and peers fuels her passion and drive, propelling her closer to her dream.

“Embrace” beautifully captures the essence of unwavering determination and the power of support from loved ones and mentors. It highlights the significance of belief and encouragement in one’s journey to achieve their goals, a theme that resonates with individuals who aspire to make their dreams a reality. The composition ultimately celebrates the idea that with the right support and determination, we can all take flight toward our dreams, just like the young pilot in the story.

To a Wild Rose

Renowned American composer Edward MacDowell cherished the outdoors, especially the countryside and delicate roses. Mornings were his time for creative exercise, writing fragments of music only to often discard them, perhaps deeming them too simple.

One morning, fate intervened as he tossed a fragment near the fireplace. His wife, Marian, picked it up and, instead of discarding it, played the notes on the piano. MacDowell, upon returning, found her playing and remarked, “You are right, it is a simple melody. Reminds me of the roses by the cabin.”

This moment led to the creation of “To a Wild Rose,” one of MacDowell’s most famous compositions, reminding us that inspiration can come from simple sources.

The lessons from this story are twofold: we often don’t know how things will turn out, and it’s essential to capture and develop our ideas, no matter how simple they may seem. Ideas come to life when written down, and we bridge the gap between thought and realization, a process we should embrace.

Like a Bird

In the serene realm of nature, there exists a creature so enchanting, it beckons the soul to observe and marvel. The subject of our fascination is none other than the feathered marvel – the bird. A truly beautiful entity, the bird graces our world with its delicate form, adorned in an array of vibrant colors that would make even the most skilled artists envious.

But the bird offers more than just a visual spectacle. Its songs, melodious and harmonious, resonate through the air, serenading us with nature’s own symphony. They are inquisitive beings, ever-curious about the world around them. Each bird species is unique, contributing to the incredible diversity of avian life that enriches our planet.

Our admiration for these creatures is so profound that it has inspired the creation of a musical composition. This piece of music extends an invitation, beckoning you to become an observer in your own right. Close your eyes and envision a bird perched gracefully upon a swaying branch. Watch as it gracefully sways its head back and forth, a dance of curiosity and awareness.

The bird, in its own moment of reverie, ruffles its feathers, a reminder of the elegance in its simplicity. And then, with a sudden, impulsive decision, it takes flight, leaving behind its resting place to embark on an adventure to another tree. Its wings effortlessly slice through the air as it gazes upon the world, from the vast expanse above to the terrain below. It chirps and sings, filling the atmosphere with its unique melody. It glides up and down the twig, perhaps lost in a daydream of its own, before taking flight once more.

Such is the essence of a bird’s life – unpredictable, yet profoundly lovable. They teach us to embrace the unexpected, to cherish the beauty in simplicity, and to seize the moment as it unfolds before us. In their delicate existence, they embody the very spirit of freedom, grace, and the ever-present call of adventure that resides in each of us, waiting to take flight.

This short story, much like the bird itself, invites you to pause and appreciate the wonders of the world that surround us, urging you to observe, listen, and be inspired by the melodies of nature and the exquisite, unpredictable journey of life itself.

American Soundscape N0. I

“American Soundscape No. 1” is a compelling musical interpretation inspired by Robert Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken.” The piece mirrors the poet’s contemplative journey as he stands at the crossroads, contemplating life-altering decisions. Through its evocative notes, it encapsulates the essence of choice and the path we choose in life.

The opening of the composition, characterized by its uplifting and warm melody, mirrors the poet’s carefree stroll on a sunny afternoon. The poet’s quest for inspiration and the beauty of nature are brilliantly conveyed through the music.

However, as the composer guides us to the fork in the road, the mood shifts, and the piece enters a minor key. This transition symbolizes the moment of decision and the weighty choice the poet must make.

As the music intensifies, it encourages the audience to ponder the significance of the decision before them, echoing the poet’s own contemplation. Yet, life is about action, and the composer masterfully leads the piece into a crescendo, signifying the poet’s resolve to choose a path. This crescendo culminates in a triumphant theme that coincides with the last verse of the poem.
The final verse, set to a powerful and uplifting musical motif, captures the essence of the poem. It speaks of the poet’s choice to take the road less traveled, knowing that it would make all the difference in his life’s journey.

The composition urges the listener to be courageous, to make choices, and to embrace the path they take with conviction.

“American Soundscape No. 1” serves as a poignant reminder that our choices, like the roads we take, define the course of our lives. It encourages us to embrace those choices with the same bravery and determination as the poet in Frost’s poem. This musical interpretation not only pays homage to the poem but also inspires us to reflect on our own paths, make decisions, and strive to make a difference in our unique journeys.

American Soundscape N0. II “Lincoln”

Standing tall at 28 feet high, the resounding presence of President Lincoln is monumental. Facing towards hope, this memorial pays tribute to a man who played an integral role in shaping the destiny of his country.

Inspired by Walt Whitman’s stirring poem, ‘Oh Captain, My Captain,’ Julianna and Carlos R Martinez proudly present ‘Lincoln, an American Soundscape.’ Whitman’s words were an homage to the president’s enduring legacy, and the composers sought to translate this reverence into music. With their composition, they aimed to portray the grandeur of Lincoln, not only as a leader but as a symbol of hope and positive change for his people.

The composition starts with a solitary, unaccompanied solo, evoking the presence of an orator reciting the poem. Then, the piano joins the soloist, forte, solemn, further reinforcing the narrative strength, until it confidently ushers in the central theme. Two distinct notes, symbolizing the two syllables of the name ‘Lincoln,’ resound, seamlessly weaving his essence into the musical fabric.
In the middle of the piece, a melody, written in a spiritual format, pays tribute to the work he did for enslaved Black Americans. The composition culminates with the return of the first theme, majestically.

We honor Lincoln today. And we hope you immerse yourself in a powerful legacy through this piece that echoes the greatness of a figure like Lincoln. And like him, may you be a positive agent of change in your community, country and the world.

Today, we pay homage to Lincoln, and we encourage you to explore his powerful legacy by delving into his works. Just as he was a positive agent of change, may you, too, draw inspiration from his contributions and strive to make a positive impact in your community, your country, and the world.

Opus 27

Have you ever had a time to be still, and to meditate? To enjoy a moment, to think of the important things of life. To bring respite to your busy life and to contemplate beauty. That is Opus 27. A piece of calm. A piece that resembles a sanctuary.

Your sanctuary. It invites the listener to take a moment to breath and meditate. It’s a piece that conveys there is power of Serenity and in renewal.

In the quiet sanctuary of his studio, the artist seized his canvas, his brushes eager for the dance of creation. With each deliberate movement, he embarked on a journey to breathe life onto the blank surface before him.

His brushes, like extensions of his imagination, delicately traced curves, unveiled patterns, and meticulously etched the details of his vision. Each stroke was a dialogue between the artist and his art, a rhythmic conversation that echoed through the room.
As he painted, the colors whispered stories, and the canvas transformed into a portal of emotions. The artist, lost in the symphony of creation, wove a tapestry that spoke of passion, resilience, and the silent whispers of dreams.

In the end, the once empty canvas stood adorned with the artist’s soul—a beautiful work that invited viewers to step into the realm where strokes told stories, and imagination danced with reality.


‘Lovely’ is a work of simplicity and joy. Our aim is to bring a smile to your face with this piece, just like it did to us. It embodies a sense of happiness. After days of working and crafting intricate compositions, ‘Lovely’ was born from the desire to create something refreshingly simple and delightfully cheerful.

We invite you to savor ‘Lovely’ and hope your day is beautiful and remember that does not matter what, you are the only one who can make your day be as lovely as you desire.


“Harvest,” a composition conceived with the imagery of a vineyard in mind, evokes the picturesque landscapes of a thriving winery where diligent ground keepers carefully harvest their precious crops. As you listen, envision people strolling through the lush, green pasture, delighting in tours of the flourishing fields.

Couples find solace in romantic picnics, savoring the succulent fruits of the earth while sharing smiles of pure joy. In the world of “Harvest,” the act of reaping the fruits of labor becomes a rewarding experience, a testament to nature’s generosity. This classical composition is designed to transport you to a realm of delight, inviting you to savor the beauty and bounty of the season. Enjoy the journey through “Harvest.”

About Julianna and Carlos

Julianna and Carlos R. Martinez, both accomplished composers and musicians based in Alvaton, KY, embarked on a creative journey that spanned a year. Their mission was clear: to compose one piece of music per week, fueled by their unwavering passion for music, storytelling, and a deep desire to uplift and inspire others. This artistic endeavor was not without its challenges, but their determination knew no bounds. The unique aspect of their project lay in the format they chose for their compositions:  music in the style of short stories.

Each week, they crafted beautiful musical pieces that unfolded like narrative tales. The titles of their compositions, such as “The Barefoot Queen,” “The Wild Horse Overture,” “Harvest,” “Radiant,” and the two iconic compositions, “American Soundscape 1” inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” and “American Soundscape 2” inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem “O Captain! My Captain!” all served as testament to their storytelling prowess.The process of composing music in this manner was demanding, marked by moments of intense excitement, and occasionally, moments of disheartenment.
Yet, through it all, their creative journey proved to be immensely rewarding. Now, they are thrilled to share these beautiful, evocative pieces with the world.

Their hope is that you, the listener, will not only enjoy the music but also join them in dreaming, finding inspiration, and becoming an agent of positive change in your own community. The power of music and storytelling combined, in the form of these compositions, serves as a catalyst for transformation and a reminder of the enduring beauty of artistic expression. They also teach about 80+ students every week at their studio in Alvaton
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