Bright Spaces

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661806122
  • Catalog Number: 618061
  • Sales rank: 327,409

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Arthur Theme Song (1:50)
  2. 2 Bling Blang (3:40)
  3. 3 Something in My Shoe (2:34)
  4. 4 Bossa by the Numbers (3:16)
  5. 5 Old MacDonald (3:22)
  6. 6 Moonlight (5:01)
  7. 7 Everything Grows (2:34)
  8. 8 This Land Is Your Land (2:32)
  9. 9 Garden Song (2:55)
  10. 10 Still the Same Me (2:02)
  11. 11 If I Ran the World (2:19)
  12. 12 This Happy House (2:37)
  13. 13 All I Really Need (3:47)
  14. 14 Talk to Me (2:45)
  15. 15 Goodnight Irene - Raffi (2:59)
  16. 16 One Glass of Water - Si Kahn (1:43)
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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
The 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
The 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
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
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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