PHILADELPHIA, Penn.—Chana Rothman, a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter, music educator, and mother of two today announced the release of “Rainbow Train,” a ground-breaking CD that invites every child to envision, step into, and co-create a world free of gender barriers.
“We live in a world where, despite progress, we still see rigid gender roles and stereotypes reinforced from birth and adversely impacting any child who does not conform,” said Rothman, a longtime educator and songwriter. “But as parents, educators and activists we know that gender and gender expression both fall along a spectrum and all children deserve to be treated with respect for who they are. When my son came to me and asked about wearing a dress to school I searched for songs that celebrate gender diversity and came up empty-handed. So I decided to write some and ‘Rainbow Train’ is the result.” [pullquote]“We live in a world where, despite progress, we still see rigid gender roles and stereotypes reinforced from birth and adversely impacting any child who does not conform.” …When my son came to me and asked about wearing a dress to school I searched for songs that celebrate gender diversity and came up empty-handed. So I decided to write some and ‘Rainbow Train’ is the result said Rothman.[/pullquote]
The CD is now available on CD Baby at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rainbowtrain and also (COMING SOON) on Amazon and iTunes.
A launch event was held on Sunday May 3, 2015 at the William Way LGBT Center, where about on hundred children and adults of all ages enjoyed the live music, including guest appearances from Rainbow Train recording artists, musicians & friends, gender-blending merchandise, art and activities and a dance party for all ages. Photos of the event are available upon request.[pullquote] “… is a CD filled with songs inspired by Free To Be You and Me, with an edgy, updated lens for the next generation.[/pullquote]
Rainbow Train gives voice to a growing international movement towards freedom of gender expression, aimed at children ages 4 – 9. Rainbow Train answers the questions: How do we help our children feel free to express themselves, body mind and spirit? What is the soundtrack for theories of “anti-bullying” and “gender liberation”? Its first answer is a CD filled with songs inspired by Free To Be You and Me, with an edgy, updated lens for the next generation. Songs feature folk, ballad, hip hop, disco, pop, spoken word, rock, Latin jazz, and children’s voices in dialogue. Producer Bill Moriarty and singer/songwriter Chana Rothman have teamed up with an all-star cast of musicians and children to create a ground-breaking recording that celebrates a diversity of gender expressions, creates concrete ways we can choose positive, affirming messages over bullying, and challenges outdated rules to create a fresh, liberating, and dance-able compilation of music for social change. Rainbow Train envisions a world where each child is free of the expectations and pressures that come with gender constraints and stereotypes.
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Rainbow Train was produced with support from the Leeway Foundation and Tribe 12 Fellowship.
For more information go to: http://chanarothman.com/rainbow-train.
More: Chana Rothman is an award-winning music educator, singer/songwriter, and mom to 2 children (2 and 4 years old). Born in Toronto, formerly based in Brooklyn, she now lives/works in Philadelphia and her music is played and sung in communities around the world. Chana’s most recent project, Rainbow Train, is born of her experience as a family musician and music educator – seeing a need for music that celebrates healthy gender expression both for her own kids and family and for all kids and all families.
[From a News Release]