Everyone Grows: Children’s Songs for Mindfulness is a wonderful collection of songs that can be used in the classroom or at home. It offers families a new way to reinforce mindfulness as a way of living. The CD is designed to help children pay attention to themselves, others and their surroundings, while helping them realize their connection to the world at large. Songs introduce topics such as compassion, empathy, gratitude, loving-kindness, helping others, interconnectedness, teamwork, patience, acceptance and self-confidence.
From our NAPPA Awards judge:
“There is a sweetness to Bassin’s music. Not the syrupy, high-fructose type, but a wholesome, heartfelt kind. On this CD’s nearly 20 tunes, she sings about the virtues of love and friendship and other things that little ones can easily relate to – flying kites, blooming flowers, shining stars. However, Bassin also admirably makes her songs about something more. She turns “I’m A Tree” from a simple tree tune into one conveying a more sophisticated message about individuality. Everyone Grows not only touches on physical growth but life lessons too (“not everything is perfect/not everything is worth it/open up your mind/accept everything you find”). That Bassin’s songs deals with deeper ideas shouldn’t be surprising since she subtitles her CD: “Children’s Songs For Mindfulness.” She addresses this theme more directly on tracks like ‘Watching My Mind” and “Can You Hear My Body?” (as well as including a 5+ minute meditative instrumental). Bassin, who also deserves kudos for composing a gentle sing-along about being quiet, has created something truly lovely, thoughtful and, yes, entertaining too on her new CD.”