CD for Kids with (and without) Cancer

$28,247 of $10k goal

Raised by 283 people in 47 months
Alastair Moock   MEDFORD, MA
In July of 2012, one of my twin girls was diagnosed with leukemia. After about a week of walking around the hospital like a zombie, I went home and got my guitar. Some of the brightest moments of the next hospital-bound month, both for me and my daughter, were spent singing and writing songs. I can speak from experience that music truly can heal.

Now I want to offer what Clio and I discovered in that hospital room to other kids struggling through similar things. Though it will include several cancer-specific songs, this won't be a "cancer" album. It'll be a "life" album: a collection of songs about appreciating the little things, coping with hardship, and embracing the struggle. The title is "Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids."

I'm very excited to head into the studio this January with some of my very favorite musicians (including Chris Smither, Rani Arbo, Mark Erelli and 2013 Grammy nominees Aoife O'Donovan, Elizabeth Mitchell and The Okee Dokee Brothers) as well as a large cadre of kid singers and a patient-and-siblings chorus.

My intention is to make this album a free resource for patients and pediatric oncology programs around the country. Therapists and child life specialists will be able to add this CD to their arsenal of tools aimed at helping kids cope with cancer. I don't believe there's another album like this available anywhere.

Every donation to this page will help me cover not only the costs of production (around $15,000 including manufacturing) but also an initial campaign to get the music into the hands of kids in hospitals around the country. We'll officially release the album in July of 2013 but I plan to have everything finished by mid-spring. You should get your advanced copies and other rewards by May (show tickets are available immediately).

So. That's the story. Before I let you go, I'd like to share one of the songs that we plan to record for the album. Clio and I co-wrote it in the hospital last summer and recorded this little demo on my computer: http://soundcloud.com/amoock/im-a-little-monkey.

Thanks so much for your support!
Alastair Moock
www.moockmusic.com

p.s. If you like this project, please let your friends know.

p.p.s. If you prefer to contribute by check, which is actually preferable, please email me through the contact button below.
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Angie Ng
32 months ago

Very very nice ..... our best wishes .....

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Corina Claire Chen Paul
44 months ago

These are awesomely creative and talented people blessed with twin joy but sadly one of their little princesses is seriously ill. Check out his kids music, and her writing. I have enjoyed following their journey, reading her words and all of us love his music...check them out :-)

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Dorothy West
46 months ago

Very Inspirational!!!

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$28,247 of $10k goal

Raised by 283 people in 47 months
Created September 24, 2012
$25
Download
Advance download of the new album for you and a CD for a pediatric oncology program
$40
CD
Advance, autographed CD for you and a CD for a pediatric oncology program
$60
CD and Shirt
Advance, autographed CD plus a t-shirt (see moockmusic.com for sizes) for you and a CD for a pediatric oncology program
$65
CD and Book
Advance, autographed CD plus an autographed copy of "Double Time: A Memoir" by Jane Roper for you and a CD for a pediatric oncology program
$80
CD and Show Tix
Advanced, autographed CD plus 3 tickets to any upcoming $0-$14 show or 2 tickets to any upcoming $15 show for you, and a CD for a pediatric oncology program
$100
Album Friend
Advance, autographed CD and book, and eternal gratitude for you, and a CD for a pediatric oncology program
$110
Guitar Lesson
One hour guitar lesson with Alastair in Medford or Cambridge, MA (all levels) for you and a CD for a pediatric oncology program
$200
Album Patron
Advance, autographed CD and book, 2 tix to any show, and eternal gratitude for you, and a CD for a pediatric oncology program
$500
Solo show
Alastair solo show at a birthday or house concert (Boston area; elsewhere only with prior discussion) with the opportunity to purchase Moock CDs at wholesale
$650
Duo show
Alastair duo show at a birthday or house concert (Boston area; elsewhere only with prior discussion) with the opportunity to purchase Moock CDs at wholesale
$800
Full Band show
Alastair trio show at a birthday or house concert (Boston area; elsewhere only with prior discussion) with the opportunity to purchase Moock CDs at wholesale
$1,000
Album Angel
Same as Patron Level, but with wings
$200
Anonymous
32 months ago
$40
Anonymous
33 months ago
KB
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Ken and Auli Batts
34 months ago

Our best wishes to you and your wife and Clio and Elsa.

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DM
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Danielle Miraglia
38 months ago
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Anonymous
38 months ago
JI
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Jennifer Intoppa
38 months ago
JC
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Jen Cardello
38 months ago
JR
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joy rollefson
39 months ago
$60
Anonymous
39 months ago
MW
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Maureen Woodhall
39 months ago

Just got the CD. Thanks so so much. I want another advance copy for a friend who is undergoing cancer treatment right now. She's not a kid but she is very brave and will love your CD. Please put "For Pam" on the CD. I want a copy of Jane's book too (for me!) Very best wishes to all of you. Maureen

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Angie Ng
32 months ago

Very very nice ..... our best wishes .....

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Corina Claire Chen Paul
44 months ago

These are awesomely creative and talented people blessed with twin joy but sadly one of their little princesses is seriously ill. Check out his kids music, and her writing. I have enjoyed following their journey, reading her words and all of us love his music...check them out :-)

+ Read More
Dorothy West
46 months ago

Very Inspirational!!!

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