I’m pleased to share the greatest record I’ve ever participated in making: a new version of “Free to Be…You and Me” featuring Suzi Shelton! Produced by Marc Bazerman, creator of Baze and His Silly Friends, this single gives a nod to my childhood and egalitarian upbringing, which influences the values I share with my wife and daughter.
You can hear “Free to Be…You and Me” below and download the track on Bandcamp — either as a “Pay what you want” or for free when providing an e-mail address.
Here’s what radio personality Phil Maq (WHFR-FM, Dearborn, MI) had to say about this remake:
Jason Didner and Jungle Gym Jam along with Suzi Shelton have just released a brand new version of a 70s classic with a super sized arrangement! It includes many musical elements–too many to count here, but you might want to make sure that your kitchen sink is still attached! It all works, so check out the boisterously happy “Free to Be, You and Me!”
There’s also a YouTube photo video providing you with a behind-the-scenes look at how we recorded this iconic song.
This is originally the title track of Marlo Thomas & Friends’ album and TV special, published in 1972. The publishing royalties benefit the Free to Be Foundation, which helps promote gender equality.
Download and this coloring page PDF for the kids, drawn by Hannah Tuohy Illustrations.
Tell us what “Free to Be…You and Me” means to you in the comments below.