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"Ovation: for the audience of you inside" is a confidence-inducing antidote for envy, peer pressure and comparison treachery. This song champions the drawing of distinctions, tracking of sources and defining of terms. Such rigorous mental/emotional activity will not undo the ageless, primal need for social acceptance, but it might give our own vote more weight, alter the criteria and set a clearer precedent for meeting the tender developmental needs of our children.


Ovation is a new addition to ELA's learning tools and our arts-based ELA Certification Program curriculum.




  • Inspire thought, group discussion and insight.
  • Endorse the value of knowing feelings & needs in tending to vulnerabilities.
  • Model self-determination in the light of esteem struggles.
  • Encourage full participation in evaluative situations.

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Audio CD, July 18, 2006

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Ovation credits


Composer, performer & producer: Pamela Sackett
Instrumentals & sound effects: Guy Nelson
Sound engineering & photos: Daniel Sackett
CD cover illustration: Mark Magill
CD design: Tina Hottovy


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Emotion Literacy Advocates (ELA) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of a group of generative artists and social activists in Seattle who came together at the turn of the millennium to further ELA's mission: to create learning forums for insight into emotion through language and the arts.