It’s summer, it’s early and my kids are still asleep—my sweet spot for productivity. This morning, Alastair Moock and Friends’ new cd “Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the Bravest Kids” is on my desk. Pop it in—and when the first track “I Am the Light” wafts through my studio I immediately yearn to be next to my girls whispering how much I love them in their sleeping ears. This lovely little song starts out with him saying “C is for Cancer, that is growing within me—A is for Able, that is what I will be, able to bend like a tree in the wind, my branches are strong even though they are thin…” whoa. I’m not sure it’s fair to make this parent tear up before the day has started, but who ever said that pediatric cancer is fair?
This album was created out of the Moock family’s experience with childhood cancer and was funded by a $27,000 GoFundMe campaign so that any family affected by cancer could have music to lift them as they travel down that tough path. Luckily for me, the album picks up after the first inspiring track, and laughs, jiggles, jives its way with songs like the bluesy “When I Get Bald” and the folk inspired “Take Care of Your Grownups.” One of my favorites is a hilarious rapping “B-R-A-V-E” about getting poked and prodded by nurses. Moock is is joined by all-star friends including Rani Arbo, Elizabeth Mitchell, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan and Chris Smither who sings on a happy little rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” The final song is “This Little Light of Mine” —and singing along are patients, former patients and siblings “who have been through the wringer and are standing tall and proud.” Gulp, and Wow.
Word on the street is that if you know of any worthy families who are affected by childhood cancer, or organizations working in this realm, Alastair Moock may provide them with music—for free! And, a purchase of this album will also support this effort. Please visit www.singingourway.com to find out more about this amazing compilation and share the supportive and healing power of music.