Henson remakes on new CD "For the Kids"
include The Rainbow Connection, Mahna Mahna and Sing
America has joined forces with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation to restore
music education programs in the U.S. public school system and will subsequently
release an album of children's music titled For
The Kids, featuring artists such as Sarah McLachlan, John Ondrasik
of Five for Fighting, Sixpence None the Richer and Remy Zero on November
contributions to the album include Sarah McLachlan's version of
the Kermit classic "Rainbow Connection"...
For The Kids
marks the first partnership between Nettwerk America and the VH1 Save
The Music Foundation, with a portion of the proceeds from the album's
sales going to the Foundation. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a
non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education
in America's public schools by restoring music programs in cities across
the country, and by raising public awareness about the importance of music
participation for our Nation's youth. Since 1997, VH1 Save The Music has
provided more than $21 million dollars worth of instruments to 900 public
schools in 75 cities nationwide, an endeavor that has delivered musical
instruction to 400,000 elementary school students.
funding for music in public schools is as harmful to certain students
as cutting sports would be for others," commented Five for Fighting's
John Ondrasik on his involvement with the project. John Ondrasik's contribution
is "The Hoppity Song," which Ondrasik wrote upon the debut of
his son Johnny.
of both Ivy and Fountains of Wayne fame, resonated Ondrasik's statements
about the importance of music education, adding "For a lot of kids,
it's one of the first things you become truly passionate about, and it
can really help you to see the world in new and unexpected ways."
Schlesinger appears with his Ivy bandmates on For The Kids, covering The
Carpenters' classic "Sing."
to the album include Sarah McLachlan's version of the Kermit classic "Rainbow
Connection", the Tom Waits' original lullaby "Bend Down The
Branches", as well as Sixpence None The Richer's "Good Night
Children Everywhere," originally recorded by crooner Vera Lynn.
You can hear
the four new Henson remakes on Muppet
Central Radio. The CD will be in stores in three weeks on November
track listing is:
Mahna" by Cake
This "Muppet Show" song, sung by none other than Mahna Mahna
and the two Snowths, was regularly performed on network variety shows
in the late '60's and early '70's before making it's 1976 debut on "The
2. "La La La La Lemon" by Barenaked Ladies
From "Sesame Street", this song was originally sung by Bert
and Ernie from the 1971 "Muppet Alphabet Album".
3. "The Rainbow Connection" by Sarah McLachlan
This song comes from 1979's "The Muppet Movie" and was originally
sung by none other than Kermit the Frog in his quest to have more in
life. Beautifully written by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher.
4. "I've Got to be Clean" by Guster
Another "Sesame Street" tune, this one originally sung by
5. "Wonderwheel" performed by Dan Zanes
An original inspired by a ride at Coney Island from the gifted ex-Del
Fuego who has enjoyed new musical success as a children's artist.
6. "Have a Little Fun" by Glen Phillips
Perhaps best known for his work as the singer from "Toad the Wet
Sprocket", Glen wrote this song specifically for this album.
7. "The Hoppity Song" by John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting
John wrote this song upon the debut of his son Johnny.
8. "My Flying Saucer" by Billy Bragg with Wilco
A Woody Guthrie song, "My Flying Saucer" originally appeared
on "Mermaid Avenue, Volume 2".
9. "It's All Right to Cry" by Darius Rucker (Hootie and
Initially performed by football star Rosey Grier in 1972 as part of
Marlo Thomas' children's album "Free to Be You & Me".
10. "Sing" performed by Ivy
Originally performed by the Carpenters on an episode of "Sesame
Street", later it appeared as a single on the Carpenters' classic
from 1973's "Now and Then".
11. "Bright Eyes" by Remy Zero
From the "Watership Down" soundtrack of 1978, originally sung
by Art Garfunkel.
12. "Willie the King" by Dan Wilson (of Semisonic)
An original about childhood innocence written specifically for this
13. "Snow Day" by Bleu
This Boston artist comes forth with a fun, child-chorus backed song
about hoping for a "Snow Day", an original.
14. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" by Chantal & Raine
The husband and wife duo, solo artist Chantal Kreviazuk and Lady Peace's
Raine Maida, perform the Mozart composition.
15. "Good Night Children Everywhere" by Sixpence None the
Vera Lynne, British crooner, was the original performer of this World
War II era song. An interesting background on this one, Vera's radio
program (from which this song debuted) was an inspiration to the families
and soldier of the UK and this song was dedicated to the many children
who were listening.
16. "Bend Down the Branches" by Tom Waits
Originally recorded for the award-winning short film of the same name,
this marks the first time that this lullaby has been available for release.