In the summer of 1995, the
Special Olympics World Games was coming to New Haven, Connecticut. As the
Official State Troubadour at the time, it was mentioned to me that a song
written specially for the occasion might be a good addition to the festivities.
So I wrote "All of Us, God's Children" in one sitting, which is very unusual for
me -- typically it's a few lines at a time over several days or weeks. The music
and words came simultaneously, also unusual, as I almost always have music first
and then fit words.
The recording was done in time to include the song
as the last track on the "Songs For Kids Who Touch the Stars" CD. I had a
group of kids come over to do the backing vocals, the last time the original
LUNCH Ensemble kids would do a recording before the next
generation came on board.
On July 4, 1995, "All of Us, God's Children" was
performed live at the Special Olympics World Games. Some folks told me
they saw it on TV, and there certainly were lots of media crews there,
but I really don't know if it was actually shown or not.
The song has
since been performed by other artists, and has been used in Pittsburgh, PA as a
soundtrack for a video about programs for kids with special challenges.
A new version of the song has bee recorded by
Caroline Zocco , winner of the 2009 Voices For Hope program.
listen - purchase)