ST. PAUL, MN (May 19, 2012) – Recess Music, a company dedicated to helping kids value a world that is wise, fair, and generous hearted, looks forward to the July 31 release of Someone Else’s Shoes, the third in its “Best Foot Forward”series of CDs. Other titles in the “Best Foot Forward” series include Recess Music’s Big Bullyand U R SOME 1.
All the songs on Someone Else's Shoes highlight empathy as a key ingredient for living in harmony with others. The album features 15 tracks that showcase contributions by a sampling of some of today's most gifted kids' musicians, including two-time GRAMMY®winners Cathy Fink &Marcy Marxer, four-time Emmy® winning composer/performer Jamie Broza, and Parents' Choice® and NAPPA winner Swingset Mamas.
Someone Else’s Shoes opens with a feel-good beat and terrific vocals by Swingset Mamas on “Take A Walk In Someone Else’s Shoes.” Compelling rhythms also underscore important messages about respect, appreciation, and empathy on The Uncle Brothers’ “Team Work” and Troubadour’s “You Hurt My Feelings.” Other album highlights include the Appalachian folk sounds of “Give A Little Love Away” by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Cliff Tetle’s retro vocal stylings on “Everyone Can See A Different Me,” and Jamie Broza’s exceptionally sweet ballad, “Be Nice To Old People.” Kids are sure to enjoy the rhymes on The Hill Brothers’ “There’s No Place For Bullies In Our School,” Jamie Barnett’s guitar picking on “Being With You,” the hand-clapping, happy beat underpinning The Happy Crowd’s “Say Something Nice About Someone,” the sheer musical variety within Jim Papoulis’ “Feel The World Dancing,” and Cosima’s “What A Difference,” featuring blues harp and vocals that have more than a hint of Emmylou Harris. Rounding out Someone Else’s Shoes are offerings from Kelsey Friday & The Rest of the Week, Mike Soloway, Dan Dan Doodlebug, and Mr. KimWebster.
Recess Music’s “Best Foot Forward” series could be thought of as the musical component to a hip, up-to-date, and entirely relevant “course in manners” that reinforces a profound subtext, which points to how to survive life together and encourages kids to conduct their lives on an elevated plane. Almost all children really want to have friends and be good playmates, but to achieve these objectives they must learn key social structures and conventions, such as how to say, “I know how you feel” or how to live by the rule of “no put-downs” toward others.Recess Music’s founder/producer Nancy Doan explains that she decided to focus on social empathy with Someone Else’s Shoes because, “When children learn to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes,’ they become better people, more understanding, more helpful to those who are in distress, and better able to celebrate other people’s triumphs, as well as their own.” Nancy hopes that the Recess Music “Best Foot Forward” trilogy of Big Bully, U R SOME 1, and Someone Else’s Shoes will help to encourage discussion among parents, children, and educators about caring, understanding, social justice, and global peace, as well as the particular challenges caused by the unfortunate presence of intimidation and bullying behavior on our social landscape.
Recess Music’s Wild Child was featured in USA Today as one of kids’ music superstar Laurie Berkner’s “Eight Greats for 2011.” Scholastic Parent & Child highlighted Wild Child in its November 2011 issue and includes La Bella Stella in its June 2012 issue. Parents Magazinefeatured Wild Child and Big Bully in its January 2012 iPad/Tablet edition and La Bella Stella in its April 2012 iPad/Tablet edition. Recess Music’s Ocean Motion received both a Parents’ Choice® Award and a NAPPA Rising Star honor in 2011, and Big Bully and Wild Child likewise wonParents’ Choice® Awards. Big Bully was also honored by WXPN’s Kathy O’Connell in MetroKids magazine as one of the “Top Ten Family CDs of 2011” and was one of only six albums included in a DailyCandy Kids “Best Kids Music of 2011” feature, which praised Big Bully as “uplifting folk-pop performed by an all-star cast.”
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to hear a Best Foot Forward CD, U R Someone, for the first time, and I absolutely loved it. Better yet, my girls have thoroughly enjoyed it! Recently I was generously sent the newest release, Someone Else's Shoes, and was not disappointed!
What a fantastic listen! The CD has 15 tracks on it, all performed by a different artist and covering a number of different genres. This is ideal, as it exposes children (and adults) to a variety of styles of music yet all have a common subject: teaching empathy to children. And music is an amazing way to teach concepts to kids because they remember songs so well. Our favorite tracks on the CD were Give A Little Love Away, Team Work, Just The Way You Are and Say Something Nice To Someone, though they entire CD is fun to listen to. My girls have already noticed that the songs are about being nice to one another, not teasing and saying nice things to each other. Not bad for children who are only 5.5 and almost 4 years of age. I can definitely endorse this CD and have already lent it out to a few friends to preview.
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!
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