Thursday, June 21, 2012

"Someone Else's Shoes" CD Review...


"Recess Music, a company dedicated to helping kids value a world that is wise, fair, and generous hearted, looks forward to the July 31 release of Someone Else’s Shoes, the third in its “Best Foot Forward”series of CDs. Other titles in the “Best Foot Forward” series include Recess Music’s Big Bully and U R SOME 1.

 All the songs on Someone Else's Shoes highlight empathy as a key ingredient for living in harmony with others. The album features 15 tracks that showcase contributions by a sampling of some of today's most gifted kids' musicians, including two-time GRAMMY®winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, four-time Emmy® winning composer/performer Jamie Broza, and Parents' Choice® and NAPPA winner Swingset Mamas.

Recess Music’s “Best Foot Forward” series could be thought of as the musical component to a hip, up-to-date, and entirely relevant “course in manners” that reinforces a profound subtext, which points to how to survive life together and encourages kids to conduct their lives on an elevated plane. Almost all children really want to have friends and be good playmates, but to achieve these objectives they must learn key social structures and conventions, such as how to say, “I know how you feel” or how to live by the rule of “no put-downs” toward others. Recess Music’s founder/producer Nancy Doan explains that she decided to focus on social empathy with Someone Else’s Shoes because, “When children learn to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes,’ they become better people, more understanding, more helpful to those who are in distress, and better able to celebrate other people’s triumphs, as well as their own.” Nancy hopes that the Recess Music “Best Foot Forward” trilogy of Big Bully, U R SOME 1, and Someone Else’s Shoes will help to encourage discussion among parents, children, and educators about caring, understanding, social justice, and global peace, as well as the particular challenges caused by the unfortunate presence of intimidation and bullying behavior on our social landscape. 

Someone Else's Shoes will be available online at, and its international affiliates, iTunes, and brick and mortar retailers throughout the U.S." 

For ages 4 - 11. 
Label: Big Round Records 
SRP: $12.99 
Run time: 46 minutes

What we thought:  The kids have a blast singing and dancing along to these fun songs every time we play this CD.  These songs in this CD series are really great for teaching kiddos (and adults:) how to deal with some of life's tougher issues like bullying and living by The Golden Rule.  I love that these songs are about building each other up and celebrating our accomplishments AND our differences TOGETHER!  This CD features songs by some of today's most recognized and beloved children's artists.  "Someone Else's Shoes" would be a fantastic addition to your children's CD collection!  ABCD Diaries gives this CD an A+!

Disclosure:  ABCD Diaries was given a sample  for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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