Title - 'Make It Happen!'
Artist - Stacey Peasley
For those not in the know, the Boston area’s beloved family musician Stacey Peasley celebrates a positive message of empowerment, courage, and strength in her fifth kids’ album, Make it Happen!
Packed with lyrical wisdom born of Stacey’s life as a parent, teacher, and performer, Make it Happen! will be released on February 12th, 2021.
Make it Happen! centers on creating relationships and experiences, both individual and community.
Each of the album’s ten original songs imparts a story carefully crafted to resonate with children and families.
Indeed, the heart of Stacey’s charm is found in the ways these stories roll effortlessly out of her songs to connect with listeners in a meaningful way.
1. 'Make It Happen'
2. 'Boo Boo'
3. 'What Girls Do'
4. 'Choo Choo'
5. 'At the Parade'
6. 'Play the Game'
7. 'Goodie Bag'
8. 'Happy Tears'
9. 'Swimming Pool'
10. 'Soapy Bubbles 2020'
This delightful new album opens on the boldly inspirational message found within the title track 'Make It Happen' (a track that should inspire adults, let alone children, to push on and make more of themselves each day), and that's backed by the guitar rock of 'Boo Boo,' and then the funky, finger-snappin', one-two pop bounce of the 'What Girls Do' (inspired by Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, when Senator Warren made pinky promises to young girls and told them, “I’m running for president, because that’s what girls do.”).
Next up is old country styling of 'Choo Choo' and that's followed by some vibrant, trumpet-imbued work from Matthew Girard on 'At the Parade' (created back when St. Patrick’s Day parades were cancelled, but from Stacey’s indomitable spirit emerged the idea that families could create their own parades at home), and then we get my own personal favorite, the Queen-inspired sports stadium anthem 'Play the Game.'
The No Doubt-esque, reggae-ska melodic bounce of 'Goodie Bag' is up next and is followed by a nod back to Stacey's time as part of the NYC-based ‘50s and ‘60s girl group tribute band, The Chiclettes on the smooth hipsway of 'Happy Tears' (complete with tenor sax from Vitalijus Lisovskis), with the album coming to a close on the Caribbean-flavored 'Swimming Pool' and finally the only song on this new album that was recorded live, the funky, drum and horn-led 'Soapy Bubbles' (an updated version of Stacey’s most popular song, which first appeared on her debut album, Together).
“I think I’m a good storyteller, and I write songs about unique experiences that aren’t often written about,” Stacey admits. "I have been inspired by so many different things this past year."
"Looking at our social and political landscape and honing in on the experiences that kids have shared with me has really taken my writing to a new level."
"Credit is also due to my long-time producer Marty Beller. Throughout our ten-year collaboration, Marty has always applauded my work and pushed me to do better when he knew I could.”
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