Feel It All (8 Pound Gorilla Records), by Brighter Lighter Brigade featuring Marla Vannucci and Dean Jones, is a collection of songs that encourages families to express the spectrum of feelings we experience every day - from difficult ones to those that come from celebrations and special family moments. As moms and mental health professionals (Amyliza de Jesus is a licensed clinical social worker and board-certified music therapist, and Marla Vannucci is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified parent educator), the artists aim to share these songs to support families in helping kids to identify feelings, convey them, and embrace them as an important part of life. The catchy "See You in the Summertime" was originally written from the longing to be with loved ones during the pandemic, and it also expresses the excitement and hope of being united with family, friends, and places too. “A Friend Like You”, a 90’s girl pop tribute with sweet harmonies and a unique vibe, catalogs what makes a true friend and conveys that friendship is a sometimes bumpy two-way street. “Kindness is King” aims to channel the spirit and message of Mavis Staples. This song has become a standard on kids radio and used by churches, organizations, therapists, and educators in their work. “I Lost It” is a jazzy swing number about accidentally leaving a favorite teddy bear behind on a trip. The song was inspired by Amy losing her mom and wanting to write about grief in a way that was relatable for her young son. The bluesy “Pancakes on Sunday Morning” invokes images of special moments that happen in the family kitchen. We think about elders passing down secret family recipes to the younger generations - preparing and sharing meals creates timeless traditions that promote belongingness. The folky “Fire Inside” is about staying true to yourself, what sparks you, and surrounding yourself with people who help you keep your inner light going strong. “Feel It All” describes the ways that we can express universal feelings and the courage that may be required. This alt country tune promotes acceptance of emotions and encourages sharing with trusted others. These themes of family, belonging, loss, friendship, and kindness are universal themes for kids and adults alike.Purchasing Options:
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