Music by Elma Mayer

Enjoy this random and / or seasonal collection of songs!
Please add your comments below.

Welcome Winter

Welcome Winter

I wrote this non-denominational Winter Holidays song in 2006 for my son’s 2nd grade class. Sung by then-seven-year-old Moss Woodbury, it celebrates the yin-yang of dark and light.

c and p 2006 Elma Mayer

Pass It Down – a Thanksgiving Song

Pass It Down – a Thanksgiving Song

I wrote this blue-state-country song with my husband-and-favorite-songwriter, Brian Woodbury. Performed by Town and Country.

Click the video above to listen for free.

c and p 2010 Elma Mayer and Brian Woodbury

The Green Shade

One of my old art-pop songs, for some perspective.
Sounds like Franz Schubert, Steve Reich and UK Le Guin if she wrote music.

To listen on your computer for free, or purchase on Bandcamp:

c and p 1996 Elma Mayer


  1. Susan Woods on March 14, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Beautiful song. My favorite time of year. Thank you

  2. Kate on December 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Oh my goodness!
    This is the most beautiful song!
    How wonderful- your sweet young child- he’s precious.
    Thank you so much – this song is a gem I just shared it with my mom
    And she loved it ,too!

  3. Denise Mahon on December 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Beautiful ,soulful ,Namaste thank you for sharing 🌹

  4. Elaine on December 20, 2017 at 6:22 am

    What a beautiful gift you gave to us and in return, you have your precious childs voice at 7 years old to listen to and forever cherish. THE REWARD OF BEING A TRUE GIVER ! NAMASTE!

  5. Ita on December 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

    What beautiful songs I really enjoyed them thank you Elma

  6. Anna on October 28, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Wonderful songs… I feel like coming home…
    Thank you for sharing Elma. Lots of love OXXO : )

  7. Tamara Brennan on July 24, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Oh my! I was thoroughly enjoying the performance and appreciating the lyrics of the Thanksgiving song and then it went to Spanish…room for us all…I got chills! Wow. Beautiful. I am in Mexico writing to you. Congratulations on writing a beauty. Needs to be on the radio.

  8. Anna Tronson on November 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Welcome Winter deeply touched me.

  9. Maudie from Australia on December 18, 2013 at 6:39 am

    It’s beautiful and relaxing thank you very much

  10. Sheila on November 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Thank you Elma. You always lighten my heart and put a smile on my face. love Sheila

  11. Pramod Kumar Satpathy on October 27, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Most Respected Elma Mam, Truly you are wonderful, I don’t find any words to express. Thanks you a lot.
    Pramod Kumar Satpathy from Odisha State, INDIA.

  12. pat on December 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    elma – i bought this as soon as you put it up – i love it touches me deeply –

    BUT now it is the song that i
    can listen to and think of the 20 children of sandy hook.
    i wish the families could hear this – it would help their hearts
    i will play it for mine on christmas day.

  13. Alana on December 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Here in the South hemisphere, we enter in summer time. But this song is pure, simple and healing.
    Thank you Elma!

  14. Despina Kambanis on December 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Truly beautiful. Thank you and blessings.

  15. Malinda Zarate on November 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Elma – You are a marvel – awesome! I’m so delighted to know you are also a musician and composer. Great songs! I really enjoyed this lovely gift. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

  16. Rudy Hunter on November 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Wow! There truly is NOTHING that our beloved Elma cannot do. Just three words: Fab-U-Lous!
    Loved it…and the Mariachis? Fantastic.

  17. Elma on October 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

    @myke – wow, I didn’t even know that bootleg existed! Thx for letting me know!
    I’m probably on that cassette coz I did some vocals on TMBG’s Apollo 18 (“please pass the milk please” and “hey now everybody”)

    Here’s my other music from that era, those bygone Brooklyn days o’ the distant 20th century,: and

    Hopefully new music coming soon… It’s been festering / fermenting for a while!

  18. Myke on October 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Strangely, I got a copy of “The Green Shade” on a They Might Be Giants bootleg cassette many, many years ago, and I’ve been enchanted by that hissy, nth-generation cassette ever since. What a delight to find this MP3 here. Thank you so much! I’d love to hear more of your material from this era … perhaps a compilation?

  19. Camille Morgan on January 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Your music, your son’s fresh and innocent voice, the lyrics and your consciousness make for the most nourishing sound-soup of the season! Abundant gratitude for your presence on the web!

  20. BARBARA HARRIS on December 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Just listened to “Welcome Winter”. How beautiful! So sweet, pure, and powerful!!!! Thank you, Elma and Moss, for that lovely gift.

  21. Barbara Jarvik on December 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks so much for welcome winter! I was hoping/waiting for it. & I LOVE the Green Shade. You are good!!!!

  22. marcia rickert on December 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Welcome Winter

    Thankyou Elma for sharing!!What beautiful lights We All Are!

  23. fran on December 3, 2010 at 8:15 am

    WELCOME WINTER: This little voice is beyond precious! We have a five year old in our family and I will use this as a teaching tool, good food for thought for a child to “get a sense of things” for how our Universe works. I loved the freshness of the enunciation and the enthusiasm and vigor of this young untouched expression.

  24. fran on December 3, 2010 at 8:05 am

    THE GREEN SHADE: Took me on a total sentimental journey from my CA home back to my hometown of Vancouver, B.C. I loved mention of all the colors, I felt like it was me on the journey every step of the way through the song. I resonated with every line, like I’d been there done that! QUIRKY, REFRESHING AND HEALING!

  25. Deborah Hixon on December 3, 2010 at 7:46 am


  26. Amy Bleser on December 3, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Oh this is beautiful! It filled me with warmth and light! Thank you!

  27. Valerie Chelseth on November 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Loved the song. My friend, Julie, knew to “pass it down” to me. Thank you and light and spirit to your gifts…

    Valerie (^-^)

  28. Rha Nickerson on November 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing that song, Elma! It definitely brings “alignment” into what really is important. Pass it down!

  29. Julie Clevenger on November 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Wow What a wonderful song! I truly expect to hear it on the radio soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  30. Jacqueline Allen on November 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Pass it Down is a wonderful song. Actually it does bring healing. I feel better already from smiling so much!!!

    Thank you for sharing this Elma!

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