The Future Is Bright

by City Love

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This young children’s album is a culmination of our hopes and dreams for the next generation. The Tao Te Ching says, “Sow the great in the small. Difficult things of the world are best tackled in their small beginnings.” Research shows us that prejudice forms very early on (before age 3!) but that we can interrupt that prejudice when we talk in our homes and classrooms about our differences, about fairness, about caring, and sharing with all people. This album is a musical love letter to the world we need. May it spread some Love, justice, freedom, hope, virtue, peace, and gratitude. Thank you for supporting our work and supporting the children. Fifty percent of album sales will go towards organizations working on equitable access to education, children’s advocacy, and anti-racist education.

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released December 21, 2018

All songs written, produced, and performed by City Love and guest artists
All songs performed and recorded by City Love at Sea Turtle Studio (a.k.a. Caselli’s house)
Mixing Engineer: Masila Muli at the Elysian Fields, Philadelphia
Mastering Engineer: Tyler Ripley at Rittenhouse Soundworks
City Love Logo by Jasmine Hamilton
Album Artwork by Caselli Jordan

City Love sends much love and gratitude to:
Dr. Howard Stevenson, Dr. Ali Michael, and Dr. Peggy McIntosh for their leadership in education around racial identity and racial justice work as well as for their willingness to collaborate; Jenesis, Jieara and Anaïs for making the future (and this album!) brighter with their amazing creativity, young wisdom and talents! JJA!!! David Stills for being Caselli’s family and musical big brother; Qiana Ganges for her heart and voice of gold - QandC!!!; Caselli’s family for lending their voices to the tracks; Dr. Michelle Jordan, so proud of my amazing Cosmochemist cousin!; Caselli’s wonderful Kindergarten students past and present for sharing how they will change the world, and singing Damos Gracias; Masila Muli for those harmonies and loving these songs into beautiful final mixes.

Sterling Duns aka Dwight Dunston would like to thank:
The ancestors. My mom, Brenda Dunston, and grandfather John Mickens. My siblings, Dwayne, DeBreea, and Tawanna. My given and chosen family. Baldwin and Butler and Lorde and Rustin and so many others for teaching me how to love.

Brian Caselli Jordan would like to thank:
I would like to thank my love Jenny, and my whole family - my Mom Julie Ann Caselli, my Dad Dr. James Jordan Jr., my sisters Jamie and Leslie, Nana Banana Jordan, Grammy and Grandpa Caselli; Patrick McLeod and Michael Winn for helping me heal/transform; The K Team, all my colleagues, and my students for teaching me all I know about education; all my musical heroes for filling my ears and heart with songs; Dwight for this collaboration that makes my musical dreams come true; and everyone who has helped me along on the life-long journey of learning how to be fair, care, be an upstander and share.

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City Love Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We are City Love, a west Philly musician/educator duo making music for the world we need. From the heart. For the people.

We share assemblies, workshops and performances throughout the country helping heal the racial divide, opening dialogue, building community, and inspiring positive change with our music.
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