I love springtime and birds. I love music too, but there are times when I need to take a break from listening. In the summer of 2019 I was woken by insistent birdsong many days in a row, even late into the summer. One day while I was outside our house, I looked up and saw a Robin perched right above my bedroom window, singing like he didn’t care who was listening. This song came to me shortly afterwards. Once I got started it was easy to find parallels between that bird, Oscar’s whistling (his teacher had to ask him to save it for outside of school) and Willa’s commitment to playing Heart and Soul (written by Hoagy Carmichael) as fast as possible.
When it came time to record the final chorus for this one, I knew we needed a big sound so I invited the whole family and many friends to come to Pine St. Studio to sing it with me. It was the last thing recorded on the album and now it's my favourite way to end performances with kids and the audience all singing together.
Everyone performs their own stunts in this song with Oscar doing the whistling, Willa singing and playing Heart and Soul on piano and Ed Roth playing the accordion, piano, and bass - what a performer!
Family singing on the final chorus are:
Hans-Christian Eckart, Karin Eckart, Andrew Eckart, Martin Eckart, Margot Corbin, Eliza Eckart-Rogin, Felix Eckart-Rumney, Oscar Eckart-Corbin, Willa Eckart-Corbin, Pippa Eckart-Corbin
Friends singing on the final chorus are:
Izzy Henderson, Sarah Hodgson, Liz Jackson, Samantha Jackson-Braun, Luna Jackson-Braun
And now there are no more hyphens left for your kids, so please name them responsibly.