April 23, 2018

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Pick of the Day: Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids | Audio

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Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids. Performed by Alastair Moock and others. CD. approx. 38 min. CDBaby.com. 2013. ISBN unavail. $14.99.
K-Gr 5–When Alastair Moock’s five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago, he began singing and writing songs with her. Hek realized how much the music brightened Clio’s mood and the result is this album, the goal of which is to bring joy to kids with cancer. Joined by several guest performers (Elizabeth Mitchell, the Okee Dokee Brothers, and others), Moock has created an album of 13 songs. Along with terrific vocals, the musicians give excellent performances on electric, acoustic, lap-steel, and slide resonator guitars; mandolin; upright and electric bass; organ; piano; mandocello; kazoo; kalimba; harmonica; accordion; drums; and percussion. Most of the songs have a folksy feel, featuring bluegrass, gospel, and folk musical styles. “I Am the Light,” a spoken poem with an instrumental guitar background, poem uses the letters from “cancer” as the first lines of the stanzas. “When I Get Bald” I will still hold my head high. And children who are “B-R-A-V-E” endure invasive medical procedures with courage. Among the songs are “Take a Little Walk with Me,” “Hard Travelin’” (Woody Guthrie), “Have You Ever Been Jealous,” “Joy Comes Back,” “Take Care of Your Grownups,” and “Home When I Hold You” among others. The album ends with a rousing rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” with Clio singing a couple of verses, and then being joined by other patients, former patients, and siblings of patients. This emotional album will move everyone who has been touched by cancer.–Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX