When the train whistle blows, it's time to hop on board with the best we can be, and Mrs. Kate makes sure we're havin' toe-tappin' fun as she encourages us to remember our stuff when we leave, eat right, exercise, be kind to others, respect our parents, respect our bodies, keep our room tidy, celebrate diversity, and be brave enough to get our important work done. It's old-fashioned in the best sense of the word: common sense. The crisp, clear, friendly vocals and sprightly production make these simple, important lessons resonate in all our hearts.
Dave Kinnoin, The Song Wizard, parent, South Pasadena, CA
Dave is a professional, award-winning songwriter who composes for Disney, DreamWorks, Sesame Street and more!
Anyone who's seen the dynamic Mrs. Kate in concert is familiar with her energetic performance style, and ability to impart positive messages in an engaging, interactive way. Both are on full display in her new album, I Think I Can.
From the upbeat opening song, based on the story of The Little Engine that Could, to the closer, Be a Doer, these songs inspire children of all ages to develop traits like confidence, fitness, organization, and compassion. The latter is poignantly requested in Kate's lovely song, Be a Friend, beautifully sung by guest soloist Bella Simonic. Told from the point of view of the "new kid at school", it was a brilliant idea to have it sung by this talented 13-year-old, who imparts the message with wistful wisdom.
Mrs. Kate is joined by a plethora of stellar/renowned musicians, including guitarist Jamie DeFrates, pianist Scott Griffin, clarinetist Bill Prince and violinist Rebecca Zapen. Together, they create a variety of musical genres -- from reggae to rock, from singalong to swing -- to match the moods of the songs and keep the listener interested. All are given a chance to shine on this joyful, thoughtful compilation of songs that promote self-esteem while raising awareness of our oneness as a human family. And you too will be very happy to be aboard this train with Mrs. Kate and her friends!
Cathy DeWitt, Senior Musician in Residence, Shands/UF Health Arts in Medicine, University of Florida, former music teacher at Brentwood, Trilogy and Millhopper Montessori Schools in Gainesville, FL