Two saxophones, an electric guitar and a chiming bell announce to the listener that something special’s about to happen. Then along come the gritty, rock-infused voice of Jason Didner and the golden, smiling voice of Suzi Shelton singing of a land where children are free to be who they really are inside.
When this song was first written and recorded in 1972, it was hard to imagine a society where women could be astronauts and men could happily cook dinner for their families. This new version of the tune celebrates some freedoms of gender that these artists enjoy, like Jason painting his daughter’s nails pink without worrying about stigma.
Music by Stephen J. Lawrence, Lyrics by Bruce Hart © 1972
Published by Free to Be Foundation
Produced by Marc Bazerman (BazeMusic.com)
Engineered by Matt Ryan at Homefront Studios (homefrontstudio.com), Caldwell, NJ and Marc Bazerman at Big Yellow Duck Studios (BigYellowDuck.com), New York, NY
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound (sterlingsound.com), New York, NY
Jason Didner—lead vocals, guitars, alto sax, keyboard, hand claps
Suzi Shelton (SuziShelton.com)—lead vocals, hand claps
Casey McCleary—keyboard, backing vocals
Alyssa Menes—alto sax
Ross Kantor—drums, percussion
Jim Goodwin—bass guitar