As we begin a new year, I announce the official release of “I’m Gonna Use My Hands”. I had so much fun recording this with Seth Connelly and ten wonderful children. These kids have convinced me that they are ready and able to make the world a better place, and they want you and me to join them. Let’s make this our new year’s resolution!
At the library in Boxborough, MA. Photo: Dan Tappan
News: Returned from France and Switzerland
I took some time off in December to spend it with Margo and our three children and their families. We all converged in Paris for several days where we filled up on cheese, chocolate and baguettes. While we were there, we stumbled upon one of the “yellow jacket” labor demonstrations. Based upon media accounts and warnings from the US embassy, we were a little worried about demonstrations. Although very enthusiastic, the demonstrators were orderly and sang with gusto. After Paris, we took a train to Zurich, Switzerland where our son and family now live. We of course, continued to fill up on cheese, chocolate and baguettes.
This Month’s Music
I’m Gonna Use My Hands
Ten wonderful kids ranging in age from seven to thirteen years joined my good friend Seth Connelly and me to record and film I’m Gonna Use My Hands. I am delighted to release it to the world.
As I reflect upon the year we just finished and the new year ahead, I am going to concentrate on ways that I can make the world a better place – regardless of how small and insignificant they may seem at first. Each of us can only affect those people and things within our circles of influence, but together we amplify our collective contributions. Let’s make progress toward a world where we lead with kindness, respect each other, embrace our differences, acknowledge our privileges, seek justice and work together to solve our common problems.
Please view the official release announcement for all of the extras, including a lyric video, sheet music, audio download, CD, teaching materials and more!
Please help me share this song with friends, educational organizations, teachers, religious organizations (all faiths), social justice groups, and those working to make the world a better place. I believe in the positive power of music, but it will take a lot of help to get results!
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Let’s take our best selves into 2019. We CAN make the world a better place!
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