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Continental Airlines is playing some unique songs written and performed by children on one of its inflight audio channels
July 2007 – Continental: The inflight magazine for Continental Airlines
“I Am a Work of Art,” performed by 6-year-old Gracie of Lake Charles, La. (right, with 9-year-old Keila of San Benito, Texas), is a lighthearted tune that celebrates how the cancer patient is special in her own way.
Continental Airlines is playing some unique songs written and performed by children on one of its inflight audio channels during the summer. The performing artists recorded their original songs as they underwent treatment for cancer and blood disorders at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center in Houston.
“I Am a Work of Art,” performed by 6-year-old Gracie of Lake Charles, La., is a lighthearted tune that celebrates how the cancer patient is special in her own way.
Another song now playing on Continental’s flights is by 12-year-old Stephen of Houston. His song, “I Can Make It,” offers a personal declaration of hope. Stephen, who had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, based his lyrics on a prayer his mother repeated while he was undergoing treatment at TXCH.
Musician and composer Anita Kruse launched the project last year and works directly with pediatric patients and their siblings in the medical center’s in-house recording studio to set their feelings to music. The program is called Purple Songs Can Fly.
The inflight channel offers a sample of some of the 55 songs that have been recorded since the program’s launch last year. The program emphasizes giving the children the freedom to express their feelings through music. The themes include friendships and what’s important to a child at that moment.
“I feel very blessed to be able to help these children express through music what may never have emerged in quite the same way,” says Kruse. “I do believe there’s a song inside every single child waiting to be heard.”
The color purple was chosen for inspiration because it is believed that “purple can stimulate a child’s creativity,” and purple is often associated with courage, healing, strength, and confidence.