Nettwerk America and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation have teamed to release a children's music compilation titled "For the Kids" as part of an ongoing campaign to restore and nurture music education
Nettwerk America and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation have teamed to release a children's music compilation titled "For the Kids" as part of an ongoing campaign to restore and nurture music education programs in the U.S. public school system. Due Oct. 22, the album will feature the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Five For Fighting, Billy Bragg with Wilco, and, as previously reported, Ivy.
A portion of the proceeds from the album -- for which Remy Zero, Barenaked Ladies, Tom Waits, and Sixpence None The Richer have also contributed tracks -- will be donated to Save the Music, a non-profit organization which aims to restore the music education programs and raise awareness about the importance of musical programs to youth.
McLachlan offers her version of the Muppet classic "Rainbow Connection," while Ivy covers the Muppets-originated, Carpenters-popularized "Sing." Billy Bragg and Wilco's contribution, "My Flying Saucer," features lyrics originally written by Woody Guthrie and initially appeared on 2000's "Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2" (Elektra).
The disc closes with three lullabies: Chantal & Raine Maida's version of the traditional "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," Sixpence None The Richer's take on Vera Lynn's "Good Night Children Everywhere," and Waits' original "Bend Down the Branches."
Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik, who submitted the original "The Hoppity Song," lent his support to the Foundation in a statement. "Cutting funding for music in public schools is as harmful to certain students as cutting sports would be for others," he said.
Here is the track listing for "For the Kids":
"Mahna Mahna," Cake
"La La La La Lemon," Barenaked Ladies
"The Rainbow Connection," Sarah McLachlan
"I've Got to Be Clean," Guster
"Wonderwheel," Dan Zanes
"Have a Little Fun," Glenn Phillips
"The Hoppity Song," Five For Fighting
"My Flying Saucer," Billy Bragg with Wilco
"It's All Right To Cry," Darius Rucker
"Bright Eyes," Remy Zero
"Willie the King," Dan Wilson (of Semisonic)
"Snow Day," Bleu
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," Chantal & Raine Maida
"Good Night Children Everywhere," Sixpence None The Richer
"Bend Down the Branches," Tom Waits