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Rivers of Love

by Kare Strong & Josh Goforth

A multi-award winning album in the folk tradition. A poetic gathering of tender and whimsical songs for the whole family. The songs tell tales of friendship, generosity, goodwill and most of all love.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Bird Born in Winter
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
4:06 $0.99
2. Two Toads and a Bee
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
3:05 $0.99
3. Rivers of Love
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
4:17 $0.99
4. Sing "I Love You"
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
3:07 $0.99
5. In and out of a Door
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
3:35 $0.99
6. Faery Dust
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
3:26 $0.99
7. So Many Shades of Brown
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
2:51 $0.99
8. Family over the Hill
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
5:05 $0.99
9. Dear Mole, Mole, Mole
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
3:21 $0.99
10. Day Is Done
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
4:09 $0.99
11. I Heard a Faery Singing
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
3:39 $0.99
12. If I Were a Bee
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
3:04 $0.99
13. My Friend Is a Bear
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
3:09 $0.99
14. My Dearest One
Kare Strong & Josh Goforth
2:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Rivers of Love" has received six awards: a Global Music Awards Silver Medal, a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award, a NAPPA Award, a Tilliwig Best Family Fun Award, Creative Child Magazine's 2018 CD of the Year Award and a Hot Diggity Award.

"This album in the folk tradition from singer-songwriter Kare Strong and gifted musician Josh Goforth is just right for quiet times, painting pictures of fairies, trees and flowers, respect for nature and our connection to it and to each other. Strong's delicate vocals and Goforth's accompaniment (including a notably sweet fiddle) turn this poetic gathering of tenderness and whimsy into word pictures that will kindle imaginations, from an unexpectedly meaningful encounter between "Two Toads and a Bee" and an appreciation for "So Many Shades of Brown" (In the quills of a porcupine. In an artist's pencil line...") to the "Faery Dust" reason that peacocks' feathers look the way they do (Peacock's sweep the faerie's rooms. They use their folded tails for brooms.")
Lynne Heffley c2018 Parents' Choice (A freelance writer for the arts and non profit organizations. Lynn is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

"Beautiful, sweet music that heralds the calm, happy openness of a childhood lived outdoors. For families who like folk music, singing along, nature, and rivers of love. Waldorf leaning families may find the music especially fitting. Here's to more peaceful road trips and morning chore routines." Lauren M.

"A wonderful folk album that soothes and entertains. Fans of Americana music will absolutely love this CD. It's one of those CDs where, if you're not paying close attention to the lyrics, you'd never know it's a children's CD. The music composition appeals to music lovers of all ages." ( a judge at Hot Diggity Awards)

"This is a beautiful album that the whole family will love," says NAPPA Director Elena Epstein. "The marvelous set of gentle, outdoorsy music involves nature, animals and fairies and tells tales of friendship, generosity and of course, love."

Produced by Josh Goforth
Recording engineer Chris Rosser/ Hollow Reed Studios/ Asheville, NC
Mastering Wes Easter / Eastwood Studio / Cana, VA
Percussion by River Guerguerian.
Additional harmony vocals (for tracks 1, 2 and 3) by Laura Boosinger.
CD artwork by Sally Simmons. She can be contacted on FB at SallySimmonsArtStudio
Photography by Casey Robinson
Publishing company: Humming Bear / ASCAP
c 2017 Kare Strong



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Helen McClain

An artist for all
'Rivers of Love' is a CD that enchants the soul and brings a keen sense of awareness to the connection between nature and humankind. From my initial hearing of the songs, I fell in love with the tender lyrics and melodious voice of Kare Strong. She is truly an artist whose time has come to be recognized as a force of kindness in musical motion. Josh Goforth's musical genius is not lost on this listener either. These two artists have much to offer the world. I hope they continue to collaborate and create even more beautiful melodies. I love this CD . My grown children love this CD and their wee children love it too! It doesn't get much better than this.


Ideal, message, topics, and tunes for kids and adults alike!
This is the type of album that will brighten your mood and that you'll be glad to listen to with your children over and over again. In addition to wonderful music, the songwriting is truly something special. I was excited to purchase this for a toddler who I hope will grow up learning that "when a friend listens to you, here is what you do, you say I love you" and from another song, ‘"Cause there’s a family over the hill. The dad lost his job in the lumber mill and I heard the mother cry. “Then we’ll go get some things we can spare. We will meet you over there with gifts and loaves of rye." Not to mention her wonderful inclusion of lyrics related to nature and animals and the beauty and magic of each. I feel so pleased to have this CD as a part of my collection and to get to share it with others!

Rosalind Buda

Beautiful music to share with all
I got my CD in them mail today and have been grinning ear to ear listening to it this evening! I can’t wait to share it with the two little girls in my household. What a joy! It’s so beautifully put together and your lovely voice and vision are shining through.

Barbara Hearne

Touched my heart deeply
I am so impressed with this CD. Each song brings me back to the simple days of being a child . Pure innocence. Wide eyed and in love with life as animals, colors, insects and the magic of the moment. The first time I played this CD I kept tearing up, Kare Strong's lyrics and voice made me feel "Rivers of Love", perfect name for this CD. The back up instruments especially the fiddle are absolutely delightful.
I've seen Josh Goforth preform and was in awe of his natural genius. I hope these songs are illustrated and offered on YouTube and as a book for children and us adults who delight in nature. Great Job, thank you..

Karen Holbert

Perfect gift for a family
I love this CD. Kare's singing is exquisite. The writing pulls you in. The music is beautiful. The arrangements and instrumentation are wonderful. The pacing of songs is perfect. The harmonies are great. The CD makes me feel happy and safe in the world. I can’t say enough! Congratulations to Kare and Josh!