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I just wanted to say thank you to Raffi for being such a huge part of my childhood and in turn, my adulthood. All I Really Need is my very favorite song, I play the Christmas album on repeat every year and Evergreen Everblue makes me believe that maybe even I can make a difference.

Loey Crooks

 

As a beluga dad, I knew then that Raffi's goal was to transform the world through his music. It is not surprising then that Raffi took the next step and provided the transformation himself with his Child Honouring philosophy.

Ed Breaux, Wexford, PA

 

In my work with young children, I have worked hard to create safe, respectful environments for learning. As a teacher, I am constantly reminded that little people do as we do, not as we say. It is the modeling of peace, respect, compassion, stewardship, and citizenship that counts. It really is the little things that each of us do daily that can propel the compassion revolution forward.

Michelle Honeysett, Courtenay, BC

 

I grew up watching Raffi's concerts and listening to his songs, and now that I have my own baby, I am having so much fun introducing her to Raffi's music - something that celebrates childhood and innocence.

I am also a psychologist who has worked with families and children, and if more families practiced "child honouring" and practiced compassion within their own families and communities, I would be out of work - and so happy about it!

Barbara Toohill, East Peoria, Illinois

 

I am a beluga grad myself...Raffi was a huge part of my life in the 80's as a young child. I am bringing his music into my children's lives now too. It's just the best! As for child honouring, you're right, it starts with the children!

Amber Chartier, Mission, BC

 

Still love the music and am passing it along to my nieces and nephews and friend's children. I hope to go into social work and I KNOW I was inspired at an early age by the compassion and love in Raffi's songs.

Katherine Davis, Santa Monica, CA

 

I have enjoyed Raffi for years since my sister played baby beluga non-stop for her son in the 80s. Now I have my own son who loves Raffi.  We love your music and continue to listen and sing it together as a family….  I'm 46 but when I'm feeling down I'll sing one of your songs to get a positive vibe going and try to change my mood.

Jim Boulay, Bloomington, Montana

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Jul 5, 2014

Hello from a Brooklynite--Thirty years ago the preschool I worked in had one tape & it was yours. I photo copied all the words (I have them still, & put them on index cards, song by song.) Baby Beluga and my insomnia coexisted for a long time,but for many years now I've been able to sing it happily for my young students. I'm a troubadour/poet, too: As Ms. Capello I teach poetry in NYC city schools, incorporating music from my pre-kindergarten to my high school classes. As Dr. Aloha of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit I've entertained thousands of sick kids and their families in hospitals for the last 22 years. This work of ours is so personal, a one child at a time, in the tradition, being present for your listener and inviting them to be present along with you kind of work. I always say that's what makes you tired at the end of the day, not playing and singing--that's like breathing, it's manifesting that presence, in every note and every silence between them (the important part). After all of my workshops I tell the children "remember to sing for your parents, they really need it." And every week a parent comes to me and says how the children are doing just that. Like Pete Seeger said: Kisses, that's the real pay. Thanks for the good work, Phyllis Capello, Ukulele Lady, Brooklyn, NY

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