Eclectic Artists Cheer Disney's 'World'
Rooted in the notion of positive musical messages for children, Walt Disney Records has assembled "A World of Happiness." Similar to the 1972 Marlo Thomas & Friends release "Free To Be You & MRooted in the notion of positive musical messages for children, Walt Disney Records has assembled "A World of Happiness." Similar to the 1972 Marlo Thomas & Friends release "Free To Be You & Me," the compilation finds artists as diametrically opposed as Lou Rawls and Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros frontman Perry Farrell, as well as actors and celebrities singing about such lessons as being polite, learning from others and friendship.
The collection is due Feb. 2 and features the talents of such musicians as Lisa Loeb, Issac Hayes and Deborah Harry. A bit more out of their context , actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek, as well as basketball great Magic Johnson, also deliver songs and readings.
Harry appears twice on the set, performing "Dontcha' Wanna Know" and teaming with Farrell on "The Patience Bossa." Oldman also appears twice, joining actor Illeana Douglas on "Just Ask" and Brazilian jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato on "Syd & Lou Lullaby." Parloto also offers the solo recording of "Kassandra the Snake."
"Children crave something that contains positive messages and is actually fun to sing and dance to," singer/songwriter and "World" co-executive producer Tor Hyams writes in the album's liner notes. "If we give kids something to think about, their minds will be working. If we treat them with respect, their hearts will listen. If we make it enjoyable, the lessons will be remembered."
A percentage of proceeds from the sale of "A World of Happiness" will be donated to children's charities chosen by each of the performers on the album. Among those that will receive donations are the St. Jude's Foundation and Pediatric: AIDS.
Here is the "A World of Happiness" track list:
"Introduction," Syndie Leolani Hyams
"A World of Happiness," Lou Rawls
"In the Details," Lisa Loeb
"Just Ask," Gary Oldman & Illeana Douglas
"The Grumps," Isaac Hayes
"Dontcha' Wanna Know," Deborah Harry
"The Jiggles," Bradley Whitford & Jane Kaczmarek
"Tatum the Toad," Michael Wincott
"The Patience Bossa," Perry Farrell & Deborah Harry
"Knowa' the Cat," Samuel L. Jackson
"What Could Be Better?," Michael McKean & Annette O'Toole
"The Possibilities," Tor Hyams
"Kassandra the Snake," Gretchen Parlato
"Use Your Words," George Wendt
"Little Me," Magic Johnson
"The Same Ground," Jack Sheldon
"Syd & Lou Lullaby," Gary Oldman & Gretchen Parlato
"A World of Happiness" (reprise), Lou Rawls
"Outro," Lilli Elias & Luke Shmugger