Bigger Than Yourself

Bigger Than Yourself

by John McCutcheon


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Bigger Than Yourself

Here's a relative rarity in the children's music world: a good-for-you album that tastes good, too. The field is crowded with many a well-meaning singer-with-a-mission, bent on drumming eco-awareness, self-esteem, and good manners into impressionable little minds, but the records themselves are frequently tedious. Not this one, though: Folk artist John McCutcheon, who composed BIGGER THAN YOURSELF with fellow folkie/activist Si Kahn, entertains kids rather than hectoring them, as he extols the virtues of working together for the common good. McCutcheon's nutritious-and-delicious approach is embodied in leadoff cut, "I Got a Dime," a bluesy, slide-guitar-accented tune. It effectively illustrates how getting classmates to pool their spare change to buy ice cream works on the same principle as persuading communities to collaborate on building homes and playgrounds. Stressing compassion as well as can-do industriousness, McCutcheon offers kids real-life, reasonable suggestions for how they can make the world a better place.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/1997
Label: Rounder Select
UPC: 0011661804425
catalogNumber: 8044

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John McCutcheon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Piano,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer
Cheryl Wheeler   Vocal Harmony
John D'earth   Trumpet
Michael Aharon   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
John Dawson   Saxophone
Doug Elliott   Trombone
Robert Jospé   Drums
Pete Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Peter McCutcheon   Percussion
Tim O'Brien   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kevin Davis   Percussion
Andy Kochenour   Tuba
Bobby Read   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Saxophone
Jon Carroll   Accordion,Vocal Harmony
Maura Kennedy   Vocal Harmony
Bob Dawson   Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

John McCutcheon   Producer
Bob Dawson   Producer,Engineer

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