Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest KidsFall 2013 Music
What does a cancer diagnosis mean for a child? For a parent? For anyone of any age? Alastair Moock, an award-winning folk music artist, knows only too well. He writes in his moving introduction to this heartfelt album that his five-year-old daughter, a twin, was diagnosed with leukemia last year. The album's purpose: to reassure, empathize and empower the "bravest kids" who are going through the challenges that such a diagnosis brings. Here are songs that Moock wrote with his little daughter while she was in the hospital—"I'm a Little Monkey," "Take a Little Walk With Me" ("hold my hand, feel the breeze….")—and "B-R-A-V-E," a jaunty rap acknowledging the unpleasantness of needles and tests. Blues veteran Chris Smither joins Moock on Randy Newman's "Toy Story" theme, "You've Got a Friend in Me." Tracks include Sean Staples' uplifting gospel song, "Joy Comes Back" and Moock's achingly tender "Home When I Hold You," with folk singer Aoife O'Donovan. Others lending their talents here are children's music artists Rani Arbo, the Okee Dokee Brothers and Elizabeth Mitchell. On the last track, "This Little Light of Mine," a host of "the world's bravest kids," including Moock's twin daughters join Moock. According to Moock's website, the album will be made available to the country's pediatric oncology programs.