Yesterday, March 19th 2011, the day of the powerful Supermoon, we had a blast at our show in Asheville, NC, at the Orange Peel. What a great way to begin spring, this Equinox weekend. It was a CD Release show for 23’s MONKEYWRENCH, an awesome album geared towards adults and teens.
MC Fireworks debuted the song “The Show Must Go On,” her first 16 bar verse written entirely by herself! Inspired by a sledding experience she had at a place called Dead Man’s Hill this past winter, Saki’s verse is about living life to the fullest. She says that even when trying something for the first time may seem really scary, if you just stick it out, in the end it can turn out to be better than imagined! Awesome. Thats how I felt the first time I taught a yoga class, and the first time I danced and sang on stage. We’ve got to work & get past our fears, to shine.
Many hands make the load lighter” -Haitian Proverb
Simply put, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti is the year’s best family music compilation and one of the year’s best kids music CDs, period. Buy two: one for your friend and one for your own family. Many families will thank you. Definitely recommended. –Stefan Shepherd, Zooglobble.com
After the January 12th, 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the Haitian capital, family musician Dean Jones (Dog on Fleas) found himself feeling helpless and desperately wanting to help the people of Haiti. Having close friends in Haiti and feeling a deep love and respect for the music from the region, Jones felt the need to create something that could help the ongoing rebuilding effort.
The idea for Many Hands came to him in the middle of the night and the very next day several of his fellow family musicians signed on. “When I had the idea for the Many Hands CD, I knew without a doubt that I could count on the big-hearted kindie community.” said Jones. “The generosity and the amazing work of all the musicians and everyone involved definitely exceeded my initial expectations.”
“Artfully assembled and brimming with joy, Many Hands lives up to its title with noteworthy performances from many of the finest names in family music. Great music, worthy cause — what more could you ask for?” – Jeff Giles, PopDoseAlmost all of the tracks on the album are previously unreleased, most of them recorded especially for this release. The gathering of artists featured here is a strong assortment of the unique and special talents creating and performing for today’s all ages audiences, from the legendary Pete Seeger to family hip-hop star Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. In addition, everyone involved in the process of getting this album out into the world from replication to distribution has also either drastically discounted or donated their services. Proceeds from this release will benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project and their long-standing work to help the people of Haiti.
With a national release on August 10, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti is the first release from Spare the Rock Records. This unique collection of songs is filled with uplifting messages from some of today’s very best family musicians.
Here is a link to a little clip of MC Fireworks and her Daddy, the Secret Agent, performing this benefit show for Haiti in Massachusetts this summer. Cds are still for sale…still trickling money to the people of Haiti. They make GREAT presents! I know they are available from ITunes and in Whole Foods Markets so grab one! Personally I am siked that our band is on the same album with Pete Seeger, a masterful songsmith storyteller, and whose daughter Peggy used to live right down the street from us, before our band was even conceived.