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Purple Songs Can Fly
Purple Songs Can Fly is a unique program that provides a musical outlet for the many children being treated for cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Center. In this program, which is the first of its kind, the children work with founder, Anita Kruse, and other professional composers to write and record their own songs. In an in-house studio, composers work with the children and their siblings to write, record, and burn songs to disc within short sessions.
These children are given a highly creative, much needed musical environment to express their many and varied thoughts and feelings. The children are then able to share their music with friends and family in the form of individual CD recordings of their songs.
Purple Songs not only can fly, but do fly. The children’s songs are copied on purple CDs and flown by participating passengers, pilots and astronauts to places on earth and into space.
To date, hundreds of songs have been written, recorded and flown around the globe and beyond. The songs have flown on two space shuttle missions, been heard on both Continental and United Airlines In-Flight Playlists, toured the world with The Rolling Stones, traveled on an undersea NOAA mission, and summited Mt. Everest.
As the first recording studio ever created on a pediatric cancer floor, Purple Songs Can Fly has inspired similar programs across the country and has been featured in numerous publications and broadcasts, including: The New York Times, The Associated Press, Family Circle, Woman’s World, Reader’s Digest, FOX’s Thanksgiving Day Special, and The NBC Nightly News.