This album brought tears to my eyes. From the spoken word declaration, "I Am the Light," ALASTAIR MOOCK establishes SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS as an album unlike any other in recent memory - not because of the terrifying journey that spawned it, but because of the inspiring way that Moock and his family are using their experiences to bring joy to the lives of others. Their tale began last July, when one of Moock's five-year-old twin daughters was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia... Childhood Cancer.
Watch: "When I Get Bald" -
While the experiences that little Clio and her familiy have endured could've certainly taken the music into a dark place, SINGING OUR WAY THOUGH shines brightly - a joyous collection of songs for all, but especially offered with love to those who have in some way been affected by a similiar plight. And they're fantastic songs - multi-layered, well-produced, and begging to be heard. In fact, I'm embedding the entire album right here so you can just stop reading my internet babble, and just start listening for yourself:
Listen: Stream the Full Album -
In many ways, SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH is like a soundtrack, weaving a narrative through songs that are of the same caliber as those from Paul Williams or Randy Newman. In fact, Newman's TOY STORY classic, "You've Got a Friend in Me," is covered here, and "Hard Travelin'" (featuring THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS) could be in a MUPPET movie. That's not to say that there's not a few somber moments here and there (hopefully you took my advice and listened to the album above), but this is an album that I truly love. If it's not in the running for a GRAMMY next year, I will be very disappointed.
SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS is available now on iTunes, Bandcamp, or at the project's official site. Additionally, the album is available as a free resource for hospitals, clinics, camps, and more.
The Rock Father Rating: 5/5 Brightly Shining Stars
FTC Disclosure: This album was provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from his children.
About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is The Rock Father™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the parent blogging landscape, Zahn is a regular contributor to Chicago Parent, serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), and has guest blogged as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.
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