Rice University - Houston, Texas
Barbara and David Gibbs
Recreation and Wellness Center
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Purple Songs Can Fly Project
Purple Songs Can Fly is a unique project that provides a musical outlet for the many children being treated for cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers and their siblings. In this program, which is the first of its kind, the children work with founder, Anita Kruse and other professional composers to write and record their own songs. In an in-house studio, composers work with the children individually or in small groups to write, record, and burn songs to disc within short sessions. These children are given a highly creative, much needed musical environment to express their many and varied thoughts and feelings. The children are then able to share their music with friends and family in the form of individual CD recordings of their songs.
Purple Songs not only can Fly, but do fly. The children’s songs are copied on purple CDs and flown by participating passengers, pilots and astronauts to places on earth and into space. To date, over 250 songs have been written, recorded and flown around the globe. The songs have been heard on Continental Airlines In-Flight Playlists, they have flown millions of miles aboard two Space Shuttle Missions, and thanks to Astronaut Scott Parazynski, a Purple Songs Can Fly prayer flag now waves on the summit of Mt. Everest.
As the first recording studio ever created on a pediatric cancer floor, the Purple Songs Can Fly Project has been featured in many publications and broadcasts including The New York Times, The Associated Press, Family Circle Magazine, Woman's World Magazine, Reader's Digest, Grammy.com, FOX's Thanksgiving Day Special, Kaleidoscope - Skating, Song & Survivorship, and The NBC Nightly News. As the dreams, wishes, thoughts, feelings, and imaginations of these children take wing through the creativity of music, it is the vision of Purple Songs Can Fly that soaring, flying, and rising above the obstacles of illness can truly become a reality as each purple song that flies creates a tangible symbol for the hope of healing.