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Thursday, July 11 2013 10:00

Review: Alastair Moock and Friends - SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS

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Singing Our Way ThroughThis album brought tears to my eyes. From the spoken word declaration, "I Am the Light," ALASTAIR MOOCK establishes SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS as an album unlike any other in recent memory - not because of the terrifying journey that spawned it, but because of the inspiring way that Moock and his family are using their experiences to bring joy to the lives of others. Their tale began last July, when one of Moock's five-year-old twin daughters was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia... Childhood Cancer.

Watch: "When I Get Bald" -

While the experiences that little Clio and her familiy have endured could've certainly taken the music into a dark place, SINGING OUR WAY THOUGH shines brightly - a joyous collection of songs for all, but especially offered with love to those who have in some way been affected by a similiar plight. And they're fantastic songs - multi-layered, well-produced, and begging to be heard. In fact, I'm embedding the entire album right here so you can just stop reading my internet babble, and just start listening for yourself:

Listen: Stream the Full Album -

Alastair MoockIn many ways, SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH is like a soundtrack, weaving a narrative through songs that are of the same caliber as those from Paul Williams or Randy Newman. In fact, Newman's TOY STORY classic, "You've Got a Friend in Me," is covered here, and "Hard Travelin'" (featuring THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS) could be in a MUPPET movie. That's not to say that there's not a few somber moments here and there (hopefully you took my advice and listened to the album above), but this is an album that I truly love. If it's not in the running for a GRAMMY next year, I will be very disappointed.

SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS is available now on iTunes, Bandcamp, or at the project's official site. Additionally, the album is available as a free resource for hospitals, clinics, camps, and more.

5

The Rock Father Rating: 5/5 Brightly Shining Stars

FTC Disclosure: This album was provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from his children.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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