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January 25, 2010 – Purple Songs Can Fly
Dear Friends of Purple Songs Can Fly,
2009 was quite a year for the project! Working with the children to write and record their own songs continues to be an amazing adventure. I am always inspired by the strength and depth of these beautiful children. Here are some of the ways that the project has been shared this year as more and more people recognize the importance of the arts in medicine and the significance of music in our lives.
January – a beautiful story by Monica Rhor of the Associated Press appears online and in print worldwide on New Year’s Day
February – a great story by Janet Shamlian airs on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
March – a visit to Japan begins plans for a Purple Songs Can Fly outreach there
April – a story about the project is published on the Grammy’s website – grammy.com
May – Purple Songs reach the summit of Mt. Everest with Astronaut Scott Parazynski
June – a beautiful Reader’s Digest story appears across the country
July & August – our wonderful intern, Aaron Kaufman returns to work with the children. A story about Aaron and Purple Songs appears in Forbes Magazine
September – Stephen, Alex, Zachary, Mary Jo & Nikki write the lyrics for the song, “Hope Is Always Here”
October – Olivia Newton John and David Foster write and record the music for “Hope Is Always Here”
November – Mike Burg’s vision – Kaleidoscope – Skating, Song & Survivorship – airs nationwide on Thanksgiving Day. The children perform “Hope Is Always Here” with Olivia Newton John and David Foster as Dorothy Hamill skates to the song
December – a story about the project appears in Woman’s World Magazine
Over 150 songs have now been written and recorded. The songs continue to fly on Continental Airlines in-flight playlists, and have now flown on 2 space shuttle missions. As we look ahead to a new year of purple songwriting and recording, I’d like to thank all of you for your interest in and support of the project! Many thanks to Carol Herron, Dr. Poplack, Dr. Dreyer, Susan Krause, Carol Wittman and everyone at Texas Children’s Cancer Center!
Wishing you all a wonderful 2010!