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for your consideration...

Unhurried Journey: Best Children's Music Album

Grammy® Awards


"... Let’s soak in a breeze, watch ripples across the water, study the lines of a tree, enjoy the colors of a flower, learn the melody of a bird song, revel in the mystery of our dreams, and hear the symphony of sounds that surrounds us if we stop and listen. We are constantly pushing everyday to achieve more and be more. But in that effort, let’s remind ourselves to look up, breathe, listen, and let go. This album is my dedication to the unhurried journey." - elena

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"...with travel possibilities still limited, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elena Moon Park promises a global expedition for which no one has to leave home." - The New York Times

Unhurried Journey is a collection of songs for all ages that celebrates the beauty of taking our time to appreciate every moment of our individual and collective journeys. The album features original songs alongside reimagined folk and children's songs from East and Southeast Asia. The album is also a story in progress, journeying through vivid, magical visual landscapes and joyous characters created by artist Kristiana Pärn. Each song page features a lyric video, a piece of a story, and a downloadable activity accompanying the themes of the song. The musical and visual journey reminds us to seek inspiration from nature, and to all take a deep breath.

"The works of these two women meshes and creates a total immersion of cultures for children and their families." - Geek Dad

"... a beautiful, expressive soundscape, and highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review

Music Videos (7)

Lyric Videos (15)


  1. Brilliant New Idea

  2. Flower Dance (ផ្ការាំ) (feat. Yorn Young)

  3. Unhurried Journey (feat. Elizabeth Mitchell)

  4. Sae Taryeong (새타령) (feat. Kyungso Park & Gamin) 

  5. Ito Maki (いとまき) (feat. Akiko Hiroshima)

  6. Dia Mal Ka / Foot on Tar (點仔膠) (feat. Sayun Chang)

  7. Flying Starfish

  8. Interlude

9. Springtime in my Hometown (내 고향의 봄) (feat. Kyungso Park & Gamin)

10. Let It Come, Let It Go (feat. Dan Zanes, Claudia Zanes, & Sonia De Los Santos)

11. Musikaru Ride to the Mountain 

12. Pong Dang Pong Dang (퐁당퐁당) (feat. Dan Zanes & Barbara Brousal)

13. Hanagasa Ondo (花笠音頭) (feat. Akiko Hiroshima & Sumie Kaneko)

14. Gong Xi Gong Xi (恭喜恭喜) (feat. Annie Chen)

15. Underneath the Marshmallow Tree

16. Counting the Waves / Kupu Kuwi (feat. Peni Candra Rini)

All songs traditional, arranged by Elena Moon Park, or original, written by Elena Moon Park​, except:

Ito Maki (Yoshiko Kouyama & Akihiro Komori), Dia Mal Ka (Shi-Fu Zhen), Pong Dang Pong Dang (Nanpa Hong), Gong Xi Gong Xi (Chen Gexin).

Produced by Elena Moon Park and Rob Friedman

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Rob Friedman at littlelife & david studios 


Thanks to the NYTimes for spreading the word!

The works of these two women meshes and creates a total immersion of cultures for children and their families - Geek Dad

An interview with Morgan Taylor for his show Radio Cake on Radio Kingston

An article from The Kid Should See This about the Flower Dance song & video

A video premiere in NY State Music for the Unhurried Journey video

Another video premiere by The All Scene Eye for Brilliant New Idea

A recommendation from The Midwest Book Review

A sweet article in my hometown paper The Oak Ridger

A lovely mention from The Toy Insider

Some kind words in an early review from Red Tricycle


Press Release

Liner Notes

Please contact me with any questions: 


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