Saturday, May 31, 2008

To Sing is to Heal - Music that Gives

Music from the Heart!

So onto some positive change in the world of Music. I have been trying to gather some beautiful music for children and music performed by children. I found these 3 Cd's while searching through CD baby's top selling Kids/Family albums. I truly love all 3 collections because of the amazing music as well as the intent behind the music. Music for a good cause always win's me over! Take a look and a listen!


I came across this beautiful music site The CD is "Traditional Zulu songs performed by children from the AGAPE orphanage in South Africa". All the profits of the CD and film go to help children in South Africa. These children are absolutely beautiful, singing straight from their hearts! You can also buy this Cd or buy mp3 downloads from I am completely enamoured by the children's voices, and after only hearing the first song 'Baba Wethu', I placed an order for the whole CD. I am so touched by the beauty in this world, and music seems to be the perfect medium to open hearts and create awareness.

There is also:
The Innocence Mission new CD
"Now the Day is Over".

I love this CD, it is a sweet melodic and simple lullaby CD worth having in the CD player at bedtime for any age.
"Gorgeous and dreamy, this new offering from the innocence mission collects standards and traditional songs that singer Karen Peris has sung to her children as lullabies since they were born. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations working to aid impoverished children throughout Africa."

"After hearing Bono speak this past May at my brother's college graduation about the plight of orphaned children in South Africa, our plans to make another benefit record were strengthened and propelled and we worked more quickly and spontaneously than usual. We recorded most of the songs over a three week period this summer, late at night, and it was really great fun. A lot of the singing was done live to Don's guitar playing. The spaciousness of the arrangements allowed for piano and pump organ and Mike's upright bass, " says Karen Peris.

Songs of Peace
for the Children of Kilimanjaro Cd

"Irresistible rhythms and soul-searing melodies and harmonies revealing the link between the heart and soul of African traditional music and the roots and guts of American music from jazz to gospel, rock and blues; proceeds go to Amani Orphanage, Tanzania."

Monday, May 19, 2008

Songcatching Moonbeams!

I am completely in love with Elizabeth Mitchell's music for children these days. I found her music on as one of the top selling independent children's artists, and I can see why she has found success! Mitchell's last album, you are my little bird, is sold through the Smithsonian Folkways Recording site. Mitchell's gentle acoustic sound and simple renditions of traditional favorites are just what kids need to hear in these days of over digitized existence.

Elizabeth Mitchell: You are my little bird CD
"Once in a great while we encounter an artist who stands consciously and directly in the tradition of children’s music that Folkways has carried for nearly 60 years, and Elizabeth Mitchell is one such artist. Her lovely voice brings a fresh sound to cherished American folk songs and other melodies from around the world. In a peaceful yet powerful way, she reintroduces us to the songs we thought we knew so well." Smithsonian Folkways Recording
You are my sunshine CD
"A new kind of children's music- one where you can imagine the carter family and mississippi john hurt dancing to bo diddley and the b-52s, more of the quiet acoustic feeling of "you are my flower" with some early rock and roll, gospel and more."CDBABY.COM
You are my flower CD
"Beautiful old time acoustic folk songs for children, with soft female vocals and light instrumentation. Great for calming and warming the little ones in your family without grating on parents' nerves." CDBABY.COM

I also recently discovered Renee and Jeremy! it's a big world is a collection of songs for all ages.
The duo Renee and Jeremy gently harmonize with sweet acoustic guitar accompaniment...
This CD is well loved in my home!

"While we set out to make a record for our little ones, mostly written while renee was on bed rest with amelia, and recorded in the recording studio we set up in amelia's bedroom, we really ended up making a record for ourselves & other parents like us. We welcomed a range of mood and melody from bright to dark, silly to stark, and influence from all our heroes of song, from drake to joni to marley."
-Renee and Jeremy