Music for the Bravest Kids in the World

Samara Mackereth
Katie's Take

Katie's Take

When Alastair Moock’s daughter, Clio, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the folk singer-songwriter used his passion to inspire her power to heal. With Clio's help, Moock began writing and singing songs to help ease Clio's physical pain as well as the emotional toll that it required to overcome the potentially fatal disease.

Inspired by the therapeutic power he saw in this process, Alistair is now working to bring this creative healing to more children with Clio's condition. With the release of his album Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Children, Moock goes one step further. Expanding his vision of bringing strength to the children diagnosed with the illness to provide inspiration to their families as well-especially the siblings of those with life-threatening conditions.

Moock saw that not only did his music hold a special power for Clio, but writing and performing songs also allowed her twin sister, Elsa, to receive some attention. Often a sibling of a sick child can feel ignored when they have a sister or brother in the hospital for a long stay. Moock hopes that his songs will help those kids see that they are important too.

Moock's believes that his album – some of the only material written from the inside-out on this issue – will inspire sick children and their families to use music as medicine and know that they can beat their diagnoses and not let their disease define them.

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