Purple Songs Can Fly: Kids Fighting Cancer With Music

In 2006, Purple Songs Can Fly created an in-house recording studio at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. The studio provides the children being treated for cancer, blood disorders and their siblings the opportunity to write and record their own songs.

In this program, any child being treated in the out-patient clinic or a sibling is welcome to participate, and no musical training or experience is required. Before getting started, parents are asked to complete consent and release forms for both Purple Songs Can Fly and Texas Children’s Hospital. Once the underlying music is created, the child is then able to practice singing the song before recording a vocal track. The music and vocal track are then mixed and burned to a disc. Each child is given the CD recording of their original song to take home and share with family and friends.

The non-profit organization teamed up with ZapBoomBang Studios in Houston to record a song written and recorded by the young cancer patients. The studio brought in 7 professional musicians to help the 6 young writers compose and record the song. “It’s Out There Waiting” is on iTunes now. Proceeds go back to Purple Songs Can Fly to help give other young cancer patients a way to express themselves.

Population of focus: Children

Link to resource: http://www.purplesongscanfly.org/programs.html

Organization: Purple Songs Can Fly and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers

Date: 2006