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In Our World There Are No Strangers

by Evan and Vanessa

This double album explores topics of cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, opening young listeners to a world of friendships, with almost every song performed in both English and Spanish.
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1. Welcome To Our Album
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2. Sun Sun Sun
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3. Any Dream Will Do
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4. Edelweiss
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5. Los Pollitos
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6. Somewhere Out There
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7. The Traveler
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8. Tu Tu Teshcote
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9. Coloring Book
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10. I Know Of a Special Place
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11. In Our World There Are No Strangers
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12. Goodbye Friends!
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13. Intermission
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14. Bienvenido a Nuestro Album
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15. Sol Sol Sol
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16. Cual Sueño Ayudará
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17. Flor De La Nieve
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18. Los Pollitos Dicen
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19. Allá Afuera
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20. Libro De Colorear
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21. Canción De Cuna Azteca
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22. Sé De Un Lugar Especial
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23. En Nuestro Mundo No Hay Extranjeros
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24. ¡Adios Amigos!
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Louisville’s beloved husband-and-wife duo, Evan and Vanessa, are thrilled to announce the September 28, 2018 release of their new bilingual (English/Spanish) album for children and families, In Our World There Are No Strangers/En Nuestro Mundo No Hay Extranjeros.

Evan and Vanessa have spent years creating their own highly refined, one-of-a-kind sound, combining with it a philosophy rooted in the idea that international harmony can be enhanced by teaching children empathy, respect, and understanding through the songs and stories of other cultures. Their efforts are bolstered by Evan’s exemplary musicianship (he sings and performs on over 20 instruments) and Vanessa’s beautiful voice, her extensive training in Montessori education methods, and the fact that, not only is she a native Spanish speaker, but her experiences as a child in Ecuador have given her a “hands on” feel for an intrinsically Hispanic way of seeing the world.

In Our World There Are No Strangers/En Nuestro Mundo No Hay Extranjeros is, in its entirety, performed in both English and Spanish, with numerous multicultural references and instrumental sounds threaded through each song in intriguing ways. For instance, one song might be in English and use instruments that originated in Mexico, while another might be in Spanish but have lyrics that were originally English, while featuring instruments from China, the U.S., and Ecuador.

In its thoughtful way, In Our World There Are No Strangers/En Nuestro Mundo No Hay Extranjeros is all about exploring because exploring creates knowledge. This strategy is used by Evan and Vanessa to foster a love of learning about nature. Throughout the album listeners will hear the duo’s field recordings of natural sounds, which have been blended into the musical landscapes of their songs. Just as Evan and Vanessa guide their young listeners in outward explorations, in the lyrics of this album they have consciously crafted a musical world that is a safe place, where people of all ages will feel comfortable exploring their inner feelings.

Album highlights include the gently lilting “Sun Sun Sun” (“Sol Sol Sol” in the Spanish version), a perfect vehicle for the lovely folk music accents of Vanessa’s voice. Almost hypnotic in its beauty, this song serves as the soundtrack for a not-to-be-missed Evan and Vanessa music video. “Any Dream Will Do” covers the prologue to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, showcasing the pristine purity of Vanessa’s voice. As a tribute to Oscar Hammerstein, Vanessa sings “Edelweiss,” touching the heart with the last lyrics he wrote. In the gentle “Somewhere Out There,” from An American Tail, the clarinet and flute are used to great effect in a supporting role for Vanessa’s vocals.

“The Traveler” is an original tune to which Evan lends an exotic atmosphere by artistically improvising a counterpoint on his guzheng, a Chinese wooden harp. Two particular favorites of Evan and Vanessa are the meditative “Tu Tu Teshcote,” an ancient Aztec lullaby, and “Coloring Book,” an original with its three separate verses prefaced by sounds of the sea before Vanessa begins to sing to the accompaniment of guitar and flute, which culminates in a symphonic scaled synthesizer climax. The album’s title track is the gentlest kind of anthem, in which Vanessa sings accompanied by guitar and sustained chords on the synthesizer, with a lovely flute duet interlude that returns to provide a mystical epilogue.

Vanessa Richmond spent her early childhood in Quito, Ecuador, where she experienced both rural and urban life while developing not only the ability to speak both Spanish and English, but also a lifelong affection for Ecuadorian/Latin American culture, especially the feeling of welcome and warmth that is culturally interwoven throughout so many familial and social interactions. Many hours in Ecuador were joyfully spent with her grandparents, listening and dancing to everything from The Ink Spots to 1950s Cuban salsa music. At age 7, Vanessa moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where her father, a concert pianist, played the classics throughout the day. Waking up to Debussy or Chopin helped Vanessa get to know this music in a nuanced, peaceful way. Vanessa is now a certified Primary Montessori educator for ages 3 – 6. She feels that the Montessori method provides the kind of nourishment, including independent exploration of the environment, independent thinking, and exposure to nature, which very closely aligns with the themes of In Our World There Are No Strangers/En Nuestro Mundo No Hay Extranjeros.

Evan Blum was born in Toronto, Canada and moved with his family to Louisville when he was 4 years old. It was during that year that he began playing guitar, and he added piano at age 6. Since that time, his musical experiences have grown to include an ever-expanding variety of instruments, including the charrango, the guzheng, and the arp solina string ensemble, among many others. In high school, Evan and some friends formed a band called Murals with which he continued performing until reaching the age of 27. At that point, Evan decided to switch to a different musical path. He had already met Vanessa, and together they had begun writing and playing children’s songs, eventually deciding to pursue their children’s music project as a full-time career. Evan credits an eclectic variety of influences, including Tiny Tim, Mister Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, Shel Silverstein, Peter Paul and Mary, Roald Dahl, Shari Lewis, and Hayao Miyazaki, as well as other teachers and entertainers too numerous to name.

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