Most everyone reading this has in some way been affected by breast cancer. Either you know someone currently battling the disease, have relatives or friends who are survivors, are a survivor yourself, or have sadly lost someone.
I know at least nine survivors and one person who lost her battle, and of course, we all recently learned that Judy Blume was recently diagnosed.
Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project is a beautiful collection of lullabies written by eminent Broadway composers and lyricists and performed by Broadway singers to benefit breast cancer research. It’s available as a 26-track two CD set, an eBook, and a hardcover picture book with a 17-song CD illustrated by Broadway set designers and some of our most beloved children’s book artists, including Wendell Minor, Jon J Muth, Sean Qualls, Peter H. Reynolds, Marc Simont, Melissa Sweet, Paul O. Zelinsky, Barry Moser and Richard Egielski.
The project was conceived and created by Kate Dawson and Jodi Glucksman, two veterans from the New York theatrical community whose own lives were touched by breast cancer: Kate lost a cousin who was just 45 years old with two small children, and Jodi lost her beloved grandmother.
Today I’m happy to share my favorite song from the collection, which kind of grabbed hold of me while I was listening to the CD on a long car trip. Lullabies, which celebrate the singular bond between mother and child, are truly offerings of love that calm, soothe, comfort and reassure.
Composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa has written for both musical theatre and opera, is a Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee and currently teaches theatre writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
HOW MUCH LOVE
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Vocal by Audra McDonald
How much love can a heart hold?
A drop? A cup?
How much love can a heart hold
Before it fills and overflows?
Who knows how much it takes
Before it swells and breaks
With lakes and rivers, seas and oceans,
Cosmic teaspoons of emotions —
How much love can a heart bear?
A dash? A touch?
Too little? Too much?
Some may not think it very smart
That I never learned the measure
Of my own heart.
I don’t know how shallow
Or how deep it may be.
How much love can a heart hold?
Copyright © 2012 Michael John LaChiusa (Fiddleback Music Publishing Co., Inc. (BMI)/Warner/Chappell North America Ltd.). All rights reserved.
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The music in Over the Moon is for all ages. It’s not strictly a “children’s album,” and is perfect for any time you want to relax, unwind, reflect, and bask in transcendent sounds. The roster of composers, lyricists, singers, musicians, producers and illustrators who donated their time and talents to this project is mind boggling. Many participated in honor of someone or in memory of someone who has/had cancer, so the songs carry extra emotional weight.
Since next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I can’t think of a better way to show your support than by purchasing these lullabies in whichever format you prefer. All Over the Moon proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Young Survival Coalition. The picture book and CD set make perfect baby shower, birthday, or “just because” friendship gifts in the name of hope, healing and remembrance. Why not give everyone on your holiday gift list a copy?
Enjoy this teaser which features four-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner Audra Mcdonald singing parts of “How Much Love” in the background:
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OVER THE MOON: The Broadway Lullaby Project
Conceived and Created by Kate Dawson and Jodi Glucksman
Foreword by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Published by Easton Studio Press, May 2012
Picture Book for all ages, 48 pp.
*Includes fascinating Contributor Notes!
Recommended for: Cute babies, cool kids, short grownups, Broadway fans, picture book lovers, music lovers, friends, family, everyone. ♥
To whet your appetite, a few of the Broadway contributors:
Composers and Lyricists
Lucy Simon (older sister of Carly)
♥ Be sure to visit the Over the Moon Broadway Lullaby Project website for the full list of contributors and their bios, song information, more sample videos, and great behind-the-scenes photos.
♥ I’ll leave you with another teaser featuring the incredibly handsome and talented Raul Esparza recording “This Little World.” He can sing me to sleep anytime. Be still my heart!
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Librarian, Children’s Writer and Haiku/ Haiga Enthusiast Diane Mayr is hosting today’s Roundup at Random Noodling (one of the best blog names ever!). Whip out your chopsticks and feast on the poetry goodness being served up in the blogosphere this week.
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVER THE MOON!!
*Spreads from Over the Moon reproduced by permission, copyright © 2012 Richard Egielski, Melissa Sweet, Paul O. Zelinsky for The Broadway Lullaby Project/Public Interest Projects, Inc., published by Easton Studio Press. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.