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Renee & Jeremy | it's a big world

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it's a big world

by Renee & Jeremy

Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback (Brad) have created a treasure chest of luminous harmonies and sophisticated lullabies for parents who appreciate the likes of Jack Johnson, Nick Drake, and Aimee Mann.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Miracle
4:19 album only
2. Free
3:55 album only
3. It's a Big World
3:10 album only
4. We Are One
3:22 album only
5. Powder Blue Solo
1:22 album only
6. Welcome to This World
3:18 album only
7. Night Mantra
3:20 album only
8. Three Little Birds
3:40 album only
9. Falling Star Lullaby
4:09 album only
10. Powder Blue Reprise
1:34 album only
11. Sleep My Love
3:03 album only
12. Shoorahlaywho
4:03 album only


Album Notes
It all started with a simple idea, really: to make a CD of kids’ music that adults could enjoy, not just tolerate—a collection of original songs for parents who appreciate the likes of Jack Johnson, Nick Drake, and Aimee Mann. The result is a treasure chest of luminous harmonies and sophisticated lullabies that are unlike any children’s music you’ve ever heard. It’s A Big World is a thoughtful, nuanced, and long-overdue departure from the Wheels-On-The-Bus rut that children’s music generally veers into. These are songs by two gifted musicians (and parents) who understand the difference between sweet and saccharine—and who know their audience does, too. Most importantly, though, they are songs with heart.

Everything from the writing to the recording was an earnest and intimate venture. The title track came to Jeremy Toback (guitar, vocals) on a walk with his 1-year-old son, Ezra—after wondering what life would be like through his eyes. And Renee Stahl (vocals) crafted her haunting and minimalist lullaby, Powder Blue, out of her own meditations on motherhood before becoming one herself. Committed to keeping the production as raw and personal as possible, Renee and Jeremy recorded the entire album in what would in a matter of weeks become the nursery for Renee’s first daughter, Amelia. The duo vowed not to be afraid to let the odd minor key shade a little dark into the album’s sunny canvas, and to have fun with their lyrics without straying from the underlying positive message. Through and through, Renee and Jeremy’s genuine musical chemistry and uplifting energy is almost palpable.

The album’s most miraculous accomplishment is one that you will have to discover yourself: in the morning on your way to the office, or late at night, long after they’ve gone to bed, you will find yourself slipping the CD into your stereo, alone this time, and you will sing along—and your eyes may get a bit teary, but they will never, ever be rolling.

Jeremy Toback has released two critically acclaimed CDs on RCA, 1997’s Perfect Flux Thing and 1999’s Another True Fiction which yielded the radio hit, You Make Me Feel, before parting with the label in 2001. He is an original member of the band Brad along with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, and later went on to found his own record label for yoga music.

Tracks from Renee Stahl’s first CD, Melancholy Pop, have been featured on television series such as Roswell, Wonderfalls, and Party of Five. Her latest release, Hopeful Romantic, will be distributed nationally by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.



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Shauna V.

It's A Big World
I absolutely love the sweet and soft lyrics on this cd. It is perfect for bedtime and it always makes me smile to tuck in my son and tune into these fantastic lyrics.

Katherine O'Neil

Love this CD!
Like most parents, I'm sure, I'm always on the lookout for great music that both my son and I can enjoy. It's a Big World is fantastic - beautiful melodies and lyrics that we can listen to for hours. I bought additional copies to give as gifts and I'm sure my friends and their little ones are going to become die-hard fans as well. You can't go wrong with this album - I just hope there will be a follow-up!


The description above is totally true. Even my husband loves this CD... The words Renee and Jeremy have written make me think they must love their kids almost as much as I love my daughter! ;) It is so nice to have beautiful music and lyrics that reflect the depth of that special love parents have for their kids. I think my favourite is "Miracle." I choose this CD over most in my collection - even when I'm alone.

Erica and Madelyn

Awesome! Let me know when the next CD is out - my daughter loves your current CD! We need more!


No children...love the CD
I heard the CD on NPR and kept humming the song nibblets...had to purchase. Wonderful music...great after a long stressful day...beautiful voices. No kiddos but the dog seems to enjoy...it calms a year old Rotti...serenity!

deb in sf

sweet, sweet, sweet!
We love "it's a big world"! Such beautiful voices, such sweet songs. My kids are 3 and 6 and they really like listening during our chill-out times. This is going on our list of baby and birthday gifts!


I love this, it's very relaxing and magical, with haunting melodies.

tara wilson-pickering

The full spectrum
I remember hearing this disc on Myspace originally while I was pregnant. I would sing it to my growing baby and after finally getting around to making the purchase I find that not only does it calm my new son, my adolescent daughter claims she can't sleep without it. When I tire of "twinkle twinkle" I move on to these songs..Thanks for providing one of the most played cds in our house!


LOVE IT!!! My kid's love it too.
We will give this CD to every mom and dad we know no matter the age of their children. It really does capture the magic of being a parent. My kids already know all the words and have each chosen their favorites. I love them all. Thank you.

Lisa T

Part of our daily routine
This CD was recommended to me from a mom's group and we love it! The words are so fitting to how we feel about our child but often forget to say. Thank you for giving us music to cherish together!
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