Meet Anaheim, CA SoundCloud Hero: Monica Dockery
SoundCloud Heroes are inspirational leaders who bring people together around sound by cultivating and engaging unique communities.
If you missed it, we’re introducing our newest SoundCloud Heroes this week! Please give a warm welcome to Monica Dockery, a self-taught musician who is looking to continue and lead collaborations with other SoundClouders through the SoundCloud Heroes program. Give her collaboration tracks a listen and get involved with her incredible collaboration idea (see below). Oh, and we can’t agree more that the sound of the ocean is a favorite, too!
Name: Monica Dockery
SoundCloud: Monica Dockery
Location: Anaheim, CA
What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I am a stay-at-home mom of a very energetic 4 year-old boy. I used to be a teacher of children with special needs, but now my focus is on homeschooling my son. I have always been a poet, since I can remember and have always had a deep love for music. About a year ago, I decided I’d start putting some of my songs to music. At the time, I had no idea how to make tracks, record, or play an instrument. I just knew it was something I wanted to do. So, I borrowed a guitar…that is now mine :) and started teaching myself how to play.
I began messing around with tracks on GarageBand. Then, I started putting songs together and posting them on my Words & Music blog. A follower on my blog introduced me to SoundCloud and since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to share my songs and to collaborate with several other SoundClouders. It has been such a great experience and I am learning so much. I’m looking forward to doing more and eventually putting a complete project together.
What is the collaboration idea that you would like to accomplish with the SoundCloud community?
There are a few collaboration ideas I had in mind. One is to rally up a diverse group of SoundClouders to put together a collection of works/sounds that, when combined, tells one cohesive story…much like a movie. Ideally, one would listen to the collection and will be able to distinguish the characters, the setting, and follow the storyline from beginning to end. Another idea I had is to get a team of female SoundClouders to collaborate on a project that is aimed at raising awareness of women who have been sexually and/or physically abused. My hope is to team up with other SoundClouders and with an organization called Women for Women to accomplish this. If people are willing, I would love to have the women who collaborated on the project to be a part of a fundraising event for this charity.
What is your favorite place in the city and why?
My favorite place in the city would be…Disneyland :). I know that sounds too cliche, but honestly I have so many wonderful memories of my son and I running around and having fun together. They are moments I never want to forget.
What is your favorite sound and why?
My favorite sound…hands down is the sound of the ocean. I can’t tell you how many songs the sound of the ocean has inspired me to write. It is so peaceful, so calming, and it reminds me that we are small, our moments here on this Earth are short…so do something and do something good.
Where else can we find you on the web?
You can find me at monicadockery or Camille Leone. Also, on my blog at http://monicadockery.wordpress.com. I have a Facebook page and a few homemade, unplugged videos of some acoustic songs.