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Someone Else's Shoes: The Best Foot Forward Series

Someone Else's Shoes: The Best Foot Forward Series

Fall 2012 Music
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Recess Music
CD Price: $12.99

Someone Else's Shoes gathers 15 tracks from some of the most talented artists in children's music. The wide-ranging and contrasting styles offer lessons in empathy, friendship and understanding differences.

The expertly produced album's perspective-challenging opening title track is sung by the soulful voices of Lizzie Swan and Marlowe Bechmann (Swingset Mamas), followed by the positive vibes of "Team Work" Danny Quinn and Tom Gardner (The Uncle Brothers). Next, some self-esteem blues are served up in "You Hurt My Feelings" Judith Steinbergh & Victor Cockburn, as well as Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer's lovely Celtic harp-driven song "Give A Little Love Away." Elsewhere, is jazz saxophonist Cliff Tetle's slightly show tune-ish "Everyone Can See a Different Me," and The Hill Brothers' country tinged proclamation "There's No Place for Bullies in Our School."

Cosima Grunsky's sweet song of enjoying diverse opinions "What A Difference," The Happy Crowd's bouncy "Say Something Nice About Someone," and Jamie Broza's wonderful, touching folk fiddle infused "Be Nice To Old People." Jamie Barnett offers his gentle folk tune "Being With You," Country children's music band Kelsey Friday & the Rest of The Week bring their joyful "(I Like You) Just The Way You Are," and the mighty Mike Soloway adds "Please Stop Hurting My Feelings" to this standout collection.

The CD winds up with a great trio of songs, which includes Dan Dan Doodlebug's exuberant "There's No Such Thing As Normal," Mr. Kim Webster's pedal steel guitar soaked song of self esteem "Value You," and Jim Papoulis' celebratory drum driven "Feel The World Dancing."

Lahri Bond   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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