Bright Spaces

Bright Spaces

     
 

Proceeds from this benefit album are earmarked for Bright Spaces, a program that provides toy-filled play spaces in homeless shelters, making the disc as delightful to purchase as it is to hear. Kids music superstar Raffi, a longtime activist, is a leading presence among the album's fine assortment of folk- and world-music artists, who includeSee more details below

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Proceeds from this benefit album are earmarked for Bright Spaces, a program that provides toy-filled play spaces in homeless shelters, making the disc as delightful to purchase as it is to hear. Kids music superstar Raffi, a longtime activist, is a leading presence among the album's fine assortment of folk- and world-music artists, who include Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, with their sunny, irresistible theme song from the PBS TV series Arthur; counterculture folk legend Arlo Guthrie, who sings with his late father Woody Guthrie (via the magic of recording technology) on "This Land Is Your Land"; and all-female a cappella act Sweet Honey in the Rock, who contribute the exuberant lead track from their Grammy-nominated kids album Still the Same Me. Another Grammy-nominated act, Cathy & Marcy check in with the lyrical lullaby "Moonlight" (from their nominated album Pillow Full of Wishes) as well as an earlier song, "Talk to Me." Superb kids' artists like Jessica Harper and John McCutcheon join the fun, along with folk giants whose songs have passed into the cultural pantheon, Dave Mallett ("Garden Song") and Si Kahn ("One Glass of Water"). But the real highlight is two tracks from lesser known artists: the dance-happy "Bossa by the Numbers" by the Crawdaddys and the Dream Project's unusual, blues-inspired take on "Old MacDonald" with a chorus of grade-school and high-school students.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
This collection of children's music by a number of artists supports Bright Spaces, a program designed to create safe, supportive environments for playing, reading, and dreaming for homeless children. The album Bright Spaces gathers 16 fun songs by everyone from Arlo Guthrie to the Crawdaddys to Si Kahn. Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers start things off with the lively "Arthur Theme Song" from the popular PBS show, while Dream Project offers a gospel version of "Old MacDonald" that would make Aretha Franklin proud. Sweet Honey in the Rock bring their vibrant harmonies to "Still the Same Me," a song about the power to imagine the world without changing one's basic self. Dave Mallett's "Garden Song" is a real standout, filled with imagery of rain, sun, and earth, and praising the simple joys of planting and growing a garden. There are a couple of classics, including "This Land Is Your Land" and Raffi's closing track, "Goodnight Irene." The songs on Bright Spaces never come off as "grownup propaganda" but seem more concerned with helping kids to feel OK about who they are. The arrangements for the songs range from the a cappella of Sweet Honey in the Rock to the reggae of Raffi to the soft rock & roll of Jessica Harper's "This Happy House." This variety keeps the ears perked up. Bright Spaces manages the duel feat of being a good album that serves a good cause. Kids will like it, and so will their parents.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661806122
catalogNumber:
618061
Rank:
284584

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cathy Fink   Guitar,Recorder,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Arlo Guthrie   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Woody Guthrie   Guitar,Vocals
Si Kahn   Guitar,Vocals
David Mallett   Guitar,Vocals
Stan Rogers   Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Vocal Harmony
Jane Sapp   Piano
Sweet Honey in the Rock   Track Performer
Danny Wilson   Mandolin
Sam Riney   Clarinet,Saxophone
Moe Koffman   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Guido Basso   Trumpet
Crawdaddys   Track Performer
Eric Weissberg   Banjo,Mandolin,Jaw Harp
Melody Makers   Track Performer
Graham Townsend   Fiddle
Sid Page   Violin
Marcy Marxer   Guitar,Mandolin,Recorder,Vocals
Raffi   Synthesizer,Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals
John McCutcheon   Leader,Vocal Harmony
Ysaye Barnwell   Vocals
Charity Brown   Vocals
Ron Allen   Alto Flute
Buckey Berger   Drums
Laurie Bower   Trombone
Arnie Chycoski   Trumpet
Steve Conn   Accordion
Michael Francis   Acoustic Guitar
Erica Goodman   Harp
Michael Hughes   Recorder,Guitar (Nylon String)
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass Guitar
Chad Irschick   Bass
Bob Jones   Steel Guitar
Aisha Kahlil   Vocals
Pete Kennedy   Guitar
Herb Koffman   Trumpet
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Daniel Lanois   Recorder
Jack Lenz   Synthesizer,Piano
Brian Leonard   Percussion
Tony Markellis   Bass
Ziggy Marley   Vocals
Rick Moors   Bass
Kathryn Moses   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Doug Norwine   Soprano Saxophone
Dennis Pendrith   Electric Bass
Rico Petrucelli   Electric Bass
Emil Richards   Percussion
Jim Robeson   Recorder
Tom Szczesniak   Bass,Piano,Accordion
Michael Tempo   Percussion,Drums
Chris Whiteley   Harmonica,Vocals
Terry Wilkins   Bass
Mike Zook   Recorder
Stu Davis   Recorder
Ken Whiteley   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals,Washboard,12-string Guitar,Jug,Slide Guitar
Cathy Ambrose   Piano
Caitlin Hanford   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Paul Henry   Fretless Bass Guitar
David McMorrow   Organ,Synthesizer,Vocals
Bobby Read   Synthesizer
Jessica Harper   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bennie Powell   Vocals
Elizabeth Macay   Background Vocals
Stan Pike   Vocals
Tim Pike   Vocals
Daniel Whiteley   Background Vocals
Jenny Whiteley   Background Vocals
Jeff Zahn   Conductor
Lise Poitras   Vocals
Bonnie Williams   Vocals
Dan Carpenter   Vocals
Frank Fuchs   Guitar
Tony Nalker   Piano
Bert Simpson   Vocals
Ryan Clark   Vocals
Jenny Williams   Vocals
Josh Miller   Vocals
Phil Carr   Percussion,Drums
Dream Project   Track Performer
Tara Yates-Reeves   Vocals
Ilana Zablow   Vocals
Joseph Zahlar   Vocals
Matt Miller   Vocals
Melanie Danson   Vocals
Crystal Bolden   Vocals
Zee Beyzaei   Vocals
James Burgos   Vocals
Tom Burton   Vocals,Spoons
Dick Smith   Bongos,Tambourine,Vibraslap
Elizabeth Murphy   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Cathy Fink   Producer,Engineer
Marcy Marxer   Engineer
Raffi   Arranger,Producer
John McCutcheon   Producer
Keith Whitley   Arranger,Producer
Ronnie Freeland   Engineer
Chad Irschick   Engineer
Pete Kennedy   Arranger
Jack Lenz   Horn Arrangements
John A. Lomax   Composer
Peter Mann   Engineer
Bill McElroy   Engineer
Paul Reisler   Producer
Mark Wessel   Engineer
Chris Whiteley   Arranger,Producer
Mike Zook   Engineer
Eric Fischer   Engineer
Bob Kearney   Engineer
Jessica Harper   Producer
Betty Winfield   Director
Jeff Zahn   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Frank Fuchs   Arranger,Producer
Betty Scott   Director
Bing Broderick   Executive Producer

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