Music - and "Stinky Feet" - Can Change The World

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Children's Singer-Songwriter, Lanny Sherwin, wins contest with quirky song, shares winnings, models charity for youngsters. "Stinky Feet" is a song that resonates with most listeners - young and old. Sherwin translates its popularity into contribution to local children's nonprofit.

We've always heard that "music can change the world." Here's a perfect anecdote to prove that it's true.

Yes, Lanny Sherwin's irreverent and slightly gross song, "Stinky Feet", routinely makes people smile. And we could all stand to grin a little more. But the song, which appears on his 2007 release, "I Like Being Me!", has also directly helped families in need.

Sherwin frequently jokes about the number of awards that his silly song, "Stinky Feet", have won. "But," he says, " I'm also proud to report that the song is also helping children and families in need in Santa Barbara at Storyteller Children's Center (http://www.storytellercenter.org)."

Lanny says "It started when I was about to enter the Unisong International Songwriting Competition (http://www.unisong.com). First Prize for the Children's Song category was $1,000. I committed to myself that if 'Stinky Feet' won the contest, I'd donate half of the proceeds to a local children's charity. I had already donated my CDs to Storyteller in the past and was familiar with its program to serve children ages 18 months through 5 years. Storyteller helps families in crisis achieve stability."

Time passed, and he forgot that he had even entered the contest. Then one day he got the email. "I had won 1st Place!" he recalls. "And I couldn't wait to deliver the $500 check to Storyteller this summer. It was one of those times when writing a check really makes you feel good."

The gesture was a great teachable moment. The kids at Storyteller all know that the donation came as a result of the creative power of music. "And I tell the story every time I perform 'Stinky Feet"," Sherwin says. "It's a little thing, but I want children to understand that almost any work they do or interest they pursue can ultimately be helpful to the world."

"Storyteller Children's Center is so grateful for Lanny's support," says Terri Allison, Executive Director, of Storyteller Children's Center. "Not only does he support us financially, but his gift of music brightens our classrooms every day. Music is an essential ingredient in quality early childhood education, and his funny and wise songs as well as his soothing naptime lullabies enrich our program and, most importantly, the lives of our children. We are forever grateful!"

Lanny concludes, "I'm thankful that my son had such stinky feet that I just had to write a song about them. I'm happy to report that his feet are better now and I'm thankful to be able to share with him the living proof that music really can change the world!"

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