Recess Music, a company dedicated to helping kids value a world that is wise, fair, and generous hearted, looks forward to the October 18release of U R Some 1, the second in its “Best Foot Forward” series of CDs. U R Some 1 joins Recess Music’s recently released Big Bully in launching the “Best Foot Forward” series.
All the songs on U R Some 1 highlight self-esteem as a key ingredient for living in harmony with others by celebrating the concept that “there is no one quite like you, and you are perfect just the way you are!” This happy, upbeat album also affirms for kids that all humans are “the same & different AND different & the same.” U R Some 1’s musical adventure in self-awareness includes 12 tracks that showcase contributions by a sampling of today’s most gifted kids’ musicians, including Peter Himmelman, Anna Moo, and Katherine Dines.
U R Some 1 opens with the welcoming message of “U R U,” featuring the friendly voices of The Happy Crowd. The album offers up some nifty scientific info on “Body Parts” byAmy Lowe and the rollicking “The Five Senses Boogie” by The Bee’s Knees. Katherine Dines extols the power of imagination on “It’s Amazing What You Can Do With Your Brain.” Anna Moo’s joyous, 12-bar blues, “You’re An Animal Too.” is sure to get kids up and dancing. Slugs and Bugs’ Woody Guthrie-influenced “Piggy Little Toes” is a showcase for some exquisite five-string banjo and fiddle playing. The country sounds of The Coles’ “Put Your Happy Face On” are guaranteed to cheer up little ones who are having a rough day. Seth Decker encourages kids not to follow the crowd but, rather, to “Follow Your Nose.” Likewise, a “listen to the voice inside you” message is endorsed by Palo Colorado on his smooth, easy listening “Still Small Voice.” A breathtakingly beautiful a capella preamble enhances the anti-war message of Lisa Atkinson’s “Arms Are For Hugging.” Peter Himmelman incorporates Big Band sounds on “Feet,” an ode to the pedal extremities featuring his highly entertaining backup singers. The Swingset Mamas, exuding style and confidence, bring the album to an inspirational close with a happy beat on their “Great To Be Me”.
Recess Music’s “Best Foot Forward” series could be thought of as the musical complement to a hip, up-to-date, and entirely relevant “course in manners” that reinforces a profound subtext and encourages kids to be the very best they can be. Almost all children really want to have friends and be good playmates, but to achieve these objectives they must learn key social structures and conventions, such as how to say, “I’m sorry” or how to live by the rule of “no put-downs” toward others. The first release in the “Best Foot Forward” series, Big Bully, presents songs promoting these healthy, positive ideas by asking the question “Why can’t we just be friends?” Featured artists on Big Bullyinclude such kids’ music luminaries as Milkshake, The Hipwaders, and Renee & Jeremy. The folks at Recess Music hope that Big Bully, in conjunction with U R Some 1, will help to encourage discussion among parents, children, and educators about harmony, understanding, social justice, and global peace, as well as the particular challenges caused by the unfortunate presence of intimidation and bullying behavior on our social landscape.
While experiencing a multi-faceted life as a mother, wife, and minister, Nancy Doan became convinced of the need to make the world a better place through a two-fold approach: sustaining our environment and teaching kindness. Because music held a prominent place in both her own childhood and her experiences as a mother, Nancy developed an appreciation of the power of music as an educational tool. When the onset of systemic lupus erythematosus dictated a career change, she cast about for a way to continue to serve the causes to which she had dedicated her life. This search ultimately led to the creation of Recess Music, as a company dedicated to the twin goals of environmental awareness and social empathy through its “Celebrate Earth” and “Best Foot Forward” series of recordings.
There was a time when I would hear children's music and just cringe. The voices were often irritating and songs very repetitive. Most of us can think of songs that would fit in this category quite easily. During the last year or so I have been introduced to some amazing children's music that so does not fit in the irritating category! And UR Some 1 from The Best Food Forward Series is one of those CD's that I am loving right now!
It is full of variety as you will find a little bit of latin feel, pop, some rocky numbers, and even a little bit of country influence. Each song teaches children a valuable character education lesson and has incredibly positive lyrics. A perfect change of pace from your typical children's music. Also a wonderful alternative if you want to introduce your child to a variety of music genres.
Here is the track listing:
- URU ~ The Happy Crowd
- Body Parts ~ Amy Lowe
- It’s Amazing What You Can Do With Your Brain ~ Katherine Dines
- Still Small Voice ~ Palo Colorado
- You’re an Animal Too ~ Anna Moo
- Piggy Little Toes ~ Slugs and Bugs
- Put Your Happy Face On ~ The Coles
- Follow Your Nose ~ Seth Decker
- Five Senses Boogie ~ The Bee’s Knees
- Feet ~ Peter Himmelman
- Great to Be Me ~ Swingset Mamas
My favorite tracks and URU and It's Amazing What You Can Do with Your Brain. My girls love the Five Senses Boogie and my home daycare children dance like there is no tomorrow to this CD. A definite great gift idea for the upcoming Christmas shopping season.
BUY IT: You can purchase U R Some 1 directly at the Recess Music website here!
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