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Friday, June 14, 2013

Recess Music Helps Kids Deliver a "Gratitude Attitude"

With an enthusiasm sparked by the praise showered on its 2012 Parents' Choice Gold Award winning album, Someone Else's Shoes, and its March 2013 album, SHARE!, Recess Music turns to the concept of thankfulness with the August 27 release of Gratitude Attitude, the fifth in the company's "Best Foot Forward" series of CDs ($12.99, for ages 4 - 11, run time 46 minutes).

The aim of Recess Music's "Best Foot Forward" series is to entertain while educating children and to provide families with a springboard for dialogue. The music on Gratitude Attitude was chosen with an eye to helping children understand that their attitudes are just as important as their actions in bringing harmony and understanding to their classrooms, neighborhoods, and homes. The album's 15 tracks showcase contributions by some of today's most gifted kids' musicians, including Bill Harley, Cathy Fink, Red Grammer, Nick Cope, and Debbie and Friends.

From the very first note, Gratitude Attitude invites the listener into a special world of thoughtful consideration with the easy swing of Debbie and Friends' "I'm Glad You're Here" and continues with Red Grammer's funky, humorous, laid-back blues number, "Gratitude." Other album highlights include Bill Harley's kid-pleasing "There's a Pea on My Plate" (a song guaranteed to bring a big smile or two), and Cathy Fink's folkish waltz, "Thank You." Kathy Kallick's "Use Your Napkin Not Your Mom" points to the past with music that could sit at the Carter Family table and hilarious lyrics that do justice to the memory of Homer and Jethro. The album wraps up its message with tuneful encouragement from Nick Cope, who declares, in his song "Best Foot Forward," that, "You put your best foot forward, and you'll be there soon."

The 2013 installment of Recess Music's "Best Foot Forward" series is a set of CDs that, together, define in music the precepts of generosity and gratitude. Recess Music's founder/producer Nancy Doan explains, "The two Best Foot Forward albums for 2013 are, in a sense, 'bookends' to the concepts of giving and receiving. SHARE! centers on the actions of sharing and generosity: 'What can I give to others?' Gratitude Attitude expresses the flip side of sharing: feeling grateful for the basic things of life like a beautiful, sunny day or a warm blanket to cuddle under at night, being gracious at the dinner table with good manners, or skipping technology occasionally and sending a thank you note to Grandma by 'snail mail.' Gratitude is an attitude."

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