With the runaway success of the "Mill Valley" single with the Third Grade Class ~ on the Warner/Reprise label ~ Erik Jacobsen ("Spirit in the Sky," The Lovin' Spoonful, Chris Isaak) went on to produce this album with Rita and the kids, who were by then fourth graders. More recently, Varese Sarabande issued the album as a CD, including 2 songs not on the original recording ~ "Sad Night," and "America, Let's Get Started Again." When the "Mill Valley" song first hit, a Canadian DJ summed it up by saying, "Everyone has a Mill Valley in his heart."
Rita gives an overview of the book:
Rita Abrams grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she studied ten years of classical piano and music theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She attended Simmons College in Boston, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors English Literature from the University...