All Kinds of You and Me

by Alastair Moock

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"All Kinds of You and Me" is largely inspired by Marlo Thomas’ landmark 1972 album "Free To Be… You and Me." For that groundbreaking release, Thomas gathered musical friends to celebrate individuality, tolerance, and changing cultural ideas about gender roles. Moock’s new album builds on those themes, reflecting on gender, ethnicity, and identity today, as well as the evolving concept of family in America. Says Moock, “Free To Be was a huge album for me and so many other kids of the 70s. Forty years later, it felt like the right time both to pay tribute to that amazing project and to try to push beyond some of the limitations of its era.”

Indeed, bright and soulful songs like “It Takes All Kinds” and “My Life Is a Lot Like Yours” tread paths that would have been unthinkable in 1972, but are entirely kid-friendly in 2015. On the penultimate poem-song track “You and Me,” Moock talks about his experiences with Thomas’s album, and then introduces the social justice work of Dr. King, Harvey Milk, Gloria Steinem, and others, as well as the pioneering activist music of his boyhood hero, Woody Guthrie. The track leads into a rousing rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” to close the album.

Like Thomas, Moock gathers an impressive group of musical friends to contribute to "All Kinds of You and Me," including Rani Arbo (of Daisy Mayhem fame), producer Anand Nayak (who frequently performs with Moock, Arbo, and Stevesongs), Jennifer Kimball (of The Story / Jonatha Brooke), Samirah Evans, Debbie Lan, and Mark Erelli. The colorful album cover art was created by Key Wilde, himself an award-winning “kindie” music artist and illustrator.

Alastair Moock is a 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award Winner. The Boston Globe calls him calls him "one of the town's best and most adventurous songwriters" and Time Out New York calls him "a musical descendant of Woody Guthrie who refreshes the classic brand of acoustic folk with a zany sense of humor.”

Moock’s musical career has always been deeply entwined with his passion for education and social action. His previous release, the 2014 Grammy-nominated children’s album "Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids," was created as a free resource for families struggling with childhood illness. Born of Moock’s own daughter’s battle with leukemia (she’s doing great today), the album has been distributed to nearly 3,000 patient families, and Alastair and his band have performed at hospitals and cancer organizations around the country. Moock has also spearheaded fundraising shows and campaigns for organizations as diverse as GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders), The United Way, The Mass Literacy Foundation, and multiple political campaigns and community outreach programs.

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releases 19 June 2015

Alastair Moock – vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo (12)
Anand Nayak – electric guitars, acoustic guitars (2, 10, 11), mandolin (5), vibraphone, additional percussion, background vocals and arrangements
Jamie Walker – mandolin, electric guitar (9, 10)
Paul Kochanski – upright and electric bass, additional vocals
Scott Kessel – drums, percussion, additional vocals

With
Donn Scott Shetler – saxophone, clarinet, horn arrangements
John Moriconi – trumpet, flugelhorn
Dave Russo – plectrum banjo
Alan Kaufman – fiddle, yodeling
Jim Gambino – Hammond B3

And Special Guests
Rani Arbo – vocals (1, 2, 4, 9)
Jennifer Kimball – vocals (5, 6, 8, 12)
Samirah Evans – vocals (3)
Debbie Lan – vocals and piano (7)
Mark Erelli – vocals (12), harmonica

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Produced by
Anand Nayak

Recorded & Mixed by
Chris Rival at Middleville Studio, North Reading, MA

Mastered by
Ian Kennedy at New Alliance East, Cambridge, MA

Design by
Lori Salmeri

Illustrations by
Key Wilde

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A 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents' Choice Gold Medal Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Medal Winner, Alastair Moock makes music for the whole family: kids, parents, even discerning pets. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. ... more

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Track Name: It Takes All Kinds
I know a boy who feels his best in a big pink hat and a blue sundress
Pouring tea for his good friend, Jess, laughing a lot, making a mess

I know a girl who climbs tall trees, falls a lot and scrapes her knees
Runs as fast as the fastest breeze, loves worms but she’s scared of bees

Chorus:
It’s me, It’s you, It’s us, It’s true
It’s life, it’s fine, it takes all kinds

I know a cat who loves to ski, stares for hours at a blank tv
Cares for pears and a nice Chablis, lifts her leg when she has to pee

I know a dog who oinks like a pig, wears thick glasses and a curly wig
Won’t sit or beg or fetch a twig, say “come,” he’ll stay, say “zag,” he’ll zig

Chorus

I know a plant who wears tap shoes, can’t find her feet but I swear she moves
The other plants all disapprove, they say dancing is plant taboo

But you’ve gotta be who you’ve gotta be, a dancing plant or a cat who skis
A boy in a dress, a girl in a tree, you be you, I’ll be me

Chorus

We live, we love, we laugh, we cry, we sleep, we shout, we wonder why
We hurry, worry, sit and sigh, we never notice life go by

We come in every shape and size, we live all different kinds of lives
We’re seldom wise to criticize cuz every life’s a kind of prize

Chorus
Track Name: People (Feat. Rani Arbo)
People, people, people you meet
Look at all the people walking down the street
Some are grumpy, some are sweet
Some like bananas, others like beets

People people everywhere
Tall people, bald people, people with hair
People who ride in a big wheelchair
So many different people, it’s hard not to stare

Cuz some are big, some are tiny
Some are dirty and some are shiny
Some people think they're better than most
Some like to eat peanut butter and toast

Some have a bird they like to feed
Some like to help other people in need
And some like to make up songs about

People, people, people you meet
Look at all the people walking down the street
Everybody's different and that's pretty neat

We're all just people walking
People talking
People walking down the street

Some people walk in a very straight line
Some people swerve and take their time
Some people dance to the beat of a drum
Some sing the lyrics, others just hum

Some walk goofy, some walk proud
Some walk softly, some walk loud
And some like to sing out songs about

People, people, people you meet
Look at all the people walking down the street
Everybody's different and that's pretty neat

We're all just people walking
People talking
People walking down the street
Track Name: You Might Be A Girl (Feat. Samirah Evans)
Are you messy? Are you clean?
Are you somewhere in between?
Are there grass stains on your pants or on your skirt?
Do you pour tea for your dolls? Do you prefer to throw a ball?
Are there spaceships on your very favorite shirt?
Are you really good at math? Do you hate to take a bath?
Is your favorite thing to dance around and twirl?
If some of this is true
It’s possible that you might be a girl

Do you like horses or fast trains
furry kittens, air-o-planes?
Do you want to be a doctor or a nurse?
Do you really love to sing?
Is your very favorite thing
A pinecone that you keep inside your purse?
Are you tougher than a nail?
Is there beach sand in your pail?
Do you like your hair cut short or kept in curls?
If your clothes are pink or blue
It’s possible that you might be a girl

Let’s say it loud
Let’s say it clear
There’s nothing wrong with liking what you like
Or what you have to say
Somebody mean
Might call you weird
But people only say those things because they are afraid of...

Young women who are brave
Who like soccer and ballet
Who like to have their say and to be heard
Of girls who think its cool
To like books and costume jewels
Who’ll be athletes, mothers and computer nerds
Who can play any instrument
Or be the president
Who’ll show us how to make a better world
No matter what you want to do
It’s possible for you when you’re a girl
Track Name: The Bright Side of Me
My parents don’t like how I eat
Cuz there’s food all over my face
And the floor and the cat, but I’m working on that
I’m improving at a gradual pace

And my parents don’t like how I talk
Cuz I tend to say things quite loud
I may yell and shout but, hey, what about
Those things I do you should be proud of

I haven’t jumped off of the roof yet
I haven’t drawn on the walls now in days
My lack of tattoos should come as good news
But it never seems to get any praise

The fires I’ve caused have been small ones
And most of them quickly extinguished
And though you may not care for the mud in my hair
I think it makes me look distinguished

Chorus:
Oh, why can’t you look at the good stuff
There are so many good things I do
If you would look on the bright side of me
I’d look on the bright side of you

Sure, my face is a mess when I’m eating
But my napkin is always quite clean
And why not use my pants to wipe my hands?
They’re going in the washing machine

There are many things that I haven’t broken
Including this part of my arm
That box of eggs, my sister’s legs
And the cat’s come to no major harm (yet)

Chorus

There are two sides to every coin and story
There’s a right side and a left side of the street
The bright side of the moon is the side that we all see
Why not look on the bright side of me?

I’ve never attacked a foreign country
Or caused the spread of a major disease
In fact, if you remember, one time last December
I covered my mouth when I sneezed

I know that I haven’t been perfect
But let’s just agree to agree
That I will look on the bright side of you
And you’ll look on the bright side of me

Chorus:
Oh, let’s all look at the good stuff
There are so many good things we do
If you would look on the bright side of me
I’d look on the bright side of you
Track Name: Every Day's A Holiday
In July I start to make my list for Christmas
And of course I make my plans for New Year’s Day
October’s when I dye my eggs for Easter
My whole year is a great big holiday

August means it’s time to find my dreidel
It takes practice if you’re gonna get that gelt
And I go outside to make myself a snowman
But the snowballs I’ve been saving always melt

Chorus:
Every day's a holiday, at least it could be
Every day's a holiday, I wish it would be
Every day's a holiday, I think it should be
Every day's a holiday for me

In December, May Day’s just around the corner
And Flag Day’s gonna be here awfully soon
Flag Day means it’s time to pick my costume
Cuz Halloween, for me, begins in June

Chorus

A holiday for me - oowee!
A holiday for you - woohoo!
When the party’s over don’t be so blue
There’s always one around the bend
You can look forward to

Some grownups live like every day’s a burden
They look forward to when holidays are done
I think that they could learn something from children
Who know that holidays make life more fun

Chorus
Track Name: My Life Is A Lot Like Yours (Feat. Jennifer Kimball)
My dads are loving, my dads are kind
My dads get on my nerves sometimes
My life is a lot like yours
My dads are good huggers, they kiss me good night
They read me a story, then they turn out the light
My life is a lot like yours

My life is a lot like yours
I laugh and cry and sometimes slam the door
But I can feel the love surrounding me
I’m part of a loving family


My moms are loving, my moms are kind
My moms get on my nerves sometimes
My life is a lot like yours
My moms are good huggers, they kiss me good night
They read me a story, then they turn out the light
My life is a lot like yours

My life is a lot like yours
I laugh and cry and sometimes slam the door
But I can feel the love surrounding me
I’m part of a loving family


My mom and dad are loving, my mom and dad are kind
My mom and dad get on my nerves sometimes
My life is a lot like yours
My parents are good huggers, they kiss me good night
They read me a story, then they turn out the light
My life is a lot like yours

My life is a lot like yours
I laugh and cry and sometimes slam the door
But I can feel the love surrounding me
I’m part of a loving family
Track Name: I Am Malala (Feat. Debbie Lan)
‘Til every child can go to school
I am Malala, you are Malala too
‘Til freedom peace and justice rule
I am Malala, you are Malala too

Chorus:
I am Malala til the sun has shone
‘Til dignity and truth are known
I am Malala til the day is new
I am Malala, you are Malala too

One among many raising up my voice
I am Malala, you are Malala too
Speaking for all the girls and boys
I am Malala, you are Malala too

Chorus

I raise up my voice for an equal chance
To live and learn and grow
To be who I want to be and explore
The things I want to know

Malalalala Malalala
I am Malala, you are Malala too
Malalalala Malalala
I am Malala, you are Malala too

Chorus
Track Name: Kenya Imagine? (Feat. Jennifer Kimball)
People in China and South Sudan
Ecuador, East Timor, Pakistan
South of the Equator and up above
Everybody needs to feel some love

Vietnam, Swaziland, Greece, Bahrain
Everybody, everywhere feels the same
Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S.A.
Everybody needs some love today

Take a little look around this great big globe
People aren’t so different anywhere you go
Everywhere you travel ‘round this place we live
There’s love to take and love to give

Kenya, maybe, yes you can
Imagine somebody in a foreign land
Look in their eyes and you’ll see with your own
That nobody nowhere wants to be alone

Iran, Iraq, I know for a fact
There’s love in everybody: white, brown or black
Whether Uruguay or you’re a girl
People need love all around the world

Take a little look up at the evening stars
It’s helpful to remember just how small we are
What on earth are we here to do
If not to feel some love and to spread some too?

Everywhere the story is about the same
Whatever you call it, the name of the game
Is love, love, love, love
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love
Everybody, everybody needs to love
Everybody wants to feels some love

So Bangladesh, bang the drum
Feel the love wherever you’re from

Congo, let’s go, come on Qatar
Spread some love wherever you are


Kuwait, don’t wait
Hey Fiji, feel me


Georgia, on my mind
Come on India water’s fine

Jah love Jamaica
Oman, c’mon Malaysia

U.S. and Russia
There’s Norway this love won’t touch ya

Arriba, Arriba, Aruba
Make a Congo line in Cuba

Feel the love, love, love, love, love, love, love
Everybody, everybody wants to love
Track Name: Everything's Upside-Down But Me
There’s something different about today
Everything’s upside-down but me
If I didn’t know better, I'd have to say
Everything’s upside-down but me

I’m lying here in this easy chair
Everything’s upside-down but me
Wondering how the floor got way down there
Everything’s upside-down but me

Wondering how this chair came to cling
Everything’s upside-down but me
Upside down from the ceiling

Oh everything I can see
Is defying the laws of gravity
How’m I gonna get around
When the world’s turned upside down?

Well I obviously can’t take a bath
Everything’s upside-down but me
I shouldn’t have to say why, please don’t ask
Everything’s upside-down but me

And it’s gonna get messy when we eat
Everything’s upside-down but me
I’ve never held a fork between my feet
Everything’s upside-down but me

And when you say clean-up that mess
Everything’s upside-down but me
I’ll have to clean it down I guess

Oh everything I can see
Is defying the laws of gravity
Can I be the only one
looking down to see the sun?

When I jump down and cross the floor
Everything’s upside-down but me
I better watch out when I reach the door
Everything’s upside-down but me

‘Cuz the drop outside there’s pretty steep
Everything’s upside-down but me
‘Fact you’ve never seen a drop that deep
Everything’s upside-down but me

If you step out there you’d disappear
Everything’s upside-down but me
Hmm… On second thought, I’ll stay right here

Oh everything I can see
Is defying the laws of gravity
Sure is a mystery
Everything’s upside down but me
Track Name: All In A Day (Feat. Anand Nayak)
A day is a perfect piece of time
To live a life, plant a seed
Watch the sun go by
A day starts early
Work to do
Beneath a brand new sky

A day brings hope
And flowers too
A day is all its own
You can make a wish
And start again
You can find your way back home

All in a day (4x)

Every bird and every tree
and every living thing
loves the promise in a day
loves what it can bring

There is a faith in the morningtime
there is belief in noon
Evening will come whispering
and shine a bright round moon

All in a day (4x)

A day can change just everything
given half a chance
Rain could show up at your door
and teach you how to dance

The past is sailing off to sea
The future's fast asleep
A day is all you have to be
its all you get to keep

Underneath that great big sky
the earth is all a-spin
This day will soon be over
and it won't come back again

So live it well, make it count,
fill it up with you
The day's all yours, it's waiting now...
See what you can do

All in a day (4x)
Track Name: You And Me
When I was a kid my parents gave to me
An album called Free to Be…
You and Me
A long title, no doubt
But it was worthy
The album was all about
Boys and girls and me and you
It said we could do what we wanted to
A girl could be a doctor or drive a fire truck
A girl could be bold
And if a boy needed to cry, he could
More than that, he should
Just let it flow
Said Rosie Grier with his guitar
A football star
You believed it when he told you so

I loved that album

It was funny and true
Full of stories and skits
Songs that spoke to me
Maybe your parents too

It reminded me of another song I knew
That said this land was made for you
And me
A song about our country
It was written by Woody Guthrie

Woody believed this country is ours
Its mountains and its prairie flowers
But with its beauty, he believed
Comes responsibility
To fix what we know is wrong
To stand up for what we know is right
To fight
Poverty and bigotry
And make this country better
Every day

You see, I believe that too
With all my soul
There’s so much you and I can do
To make this world a better place
To open up the gates
And let our love shine through

Woody, Pete Seeger, Dr. King
They showed us all a path
And every generation brings
New energy, new songs to sing
To walk the trail and guide em
Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk,
Cesar Chavez
This country was built
By leaders, dreamers,
Foolish believers
People who saw a better day ahead

We learn from them and pass it on
And maybe go a bit beyond
For, as we climb the ladder
The truth becomes more plain each day
What matters
Is not the color of your skin
Or the body you were born in
It’s not what you look like or your religion
Or whether you’re a man or woman
It’s not who you may love
That’s up to you
Because
This land was made for you
And me
And each of us is free to be
Ourselves
Track Name: This Land Is Your Land
As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me

Chorus
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me

I roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of your diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

Chorus

The sun came shining, and I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
As the fog was lifting, a voice was chanting
This land was made for you and me

Chorus

As I went walking, I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing"
But on the other side it didn't say nothing
That side was made for you and me

Chorus

In the square of the city, in the shadow of the steeple
By the relief office, I seen my people
As they stood there hungry, I stood there wondering
Is this land really made for you and me?

Chorus

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking that freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land was made for you and me

Chorus x2