A World of Happiness

 
Celebrity songs for charity are both endearing and enduring.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Feel-good songs should inspire kids to think positively. “If we build a world of happiness, and make this place it’s very best…everyone would be so impressed, we’re gonna do it one smile at a time.” "In the Details" reminds kids to notice the little things, "Just Ask" inspires initiative and Debbie Harry advises on both "Don’tcha Wanna Know" and T"he Patience Bossa" that opportunities for learning are around every turn.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a CD packed with positive messages and tender sentiments. The album covers a wide variety of musical genres all sung by popualar actors and musicians who span generations.

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What's the story?

A WORLD OF HAPPINESS brings together an eclectic mix of musicians and actors. From icons like Lou Rawls and Debbie Harry to modern stars such as Edwin McCain, Lisa Loeb, and Joan Osborne, the musical mix is as diverse as the sprinkles on an ice cream cone. But there's also some celebrity toppings on this sundae, and unexpected musical contributions can be heard from Magic Johnson, Gary Oldman, and George Wendt (just to name a few!). The compilation is the brainchild of Tor Hyams, who produced and wrote many of the songs on the album, whose proceeds benefit a host of charities including The United Negro College Fund, St. Jude Hospital for Children, and the Magic Johnson Foundation.

Is it any good?

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Like blowing bubbles, eating cotton candy, or watching a butterfly flit through the air, the experience of listening to this CD will send both kids and adults into a world of happiness. Maybe it's the eclectic mix of performers. Who knew Gary Oldman could sing an endearing children's verse? Or perhaps it's the variety of musical flavors. A standout soulful performance of the title track from Lou Rawls and a Bossa nova with Perry Farrell are just a sample of the fun. This CD is sure to get heavy rotation in the family stereo, even after the little ones are tucked in bed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how important words can be. The song "Use Your Words" shows that words can hurt or help people. What words help people feel better? Have you ever said anything that made someone feel bad or has anyone said anything like that to you?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:May 5, 2009
Label:Buena Vista
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byMommaJam June 18, 2009
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This CD is great for kids and parents, especially in the car.

We listen to this CD all the time in the car. My 3 and 5 year old love the characters and voices in the music. They sing along with the songs. It's fun! Go to www.mommajam.com for more information about the creator of this CD and Kidzapalooza.

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