Friday, February 12, 2016

Heart Beats Brings Love from the Heartland

As the Beatles said, "All you need is love."

And a song.

Mighty Mo Productions (forged on the banks of the Mississippi River) has launched itself into the season of love with its second anthology, HEART BEATS (Feel Good Songs for Families). The label's concept is simple – take a theme (love, good times) and build a strong foundation of kindie artists around it.

HEART BEATS dives back several years for existing tracks, utilizing favorites such as Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could's "Light of Love," Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights' "Give Me a Hug," and Josh and the Jamtones' "L-O-V-E." As I noted to Ben (15) during our first play-through, we have either seen (or met) eight of the 12 artists represented on the disc.

The brain (or heart) child of veteran children's musician Jim Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, Mighty Mo Productions (MMP) seeks to provide a breaking ground for regional performers. Los Angeles-based Andrew & Polly and Sunshine Collective make their MMP debuts with catchy choruses and harmonies. Local artists Rissi Palmer and Katydid continue to make inroads, one song at a time, building interest for listeners who want to reach out and hear more of their music.

MMP has timed HEART BEATS to appear just in time for Valentine's Day (as well as the February school break). Just right for 30 minutes of distraction/down time for overwhelmed parents to catch a breather and settle down the brood for a break. We're not talking about romantic love, more of a "love is all around you" vibe. Positivity and unity abound. Certainly a welcome respite from what I've been personally experiencing, but that's besides the point – the kids are always going to be my primary concern. And HEART BEATS re-affirms that wherever your children are, is where the love is always going to be.

HEART BEATS (Feel Good Songs for Families) is available from Mighty Mo Productions' website, Amazon, and iTunes.

Two years ago last week, we ventured to Symphony Space and heard Josh & the Jamtones perform "L-O-V-E" live. Here is my video from that show:

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