Friday, October 15, 2010

Pamela Sunshine: Growing Up Green Review & Giveaway

We listen to a lot of music in our home.  I try to expose the children to a good variety of artists and genres and I am always happy to expose them to someone new.  I was happy to have the chance to do a review of Pamela Sunshine's CD, Growing Up Green.

Pamela Sunshine (aka Pamela Southwell) has been providing entertainment to children for many years.  She started off as a teacher singing to her students and began writing songs in 1986.  Since then she has done four recordings and can be found performing her music in England and Canada.  The CD the kids and I had the pleasure of reviewing, Growing Up Green has some interesting background that I felt was important and wanted to share.  Here it is, in Pamela's words, from her website...

In 1992, more than 100 heads of state met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first international Earth Summit convened to address urgent problems of environmental protection and socio-economic development.

At the time of the Brazil Earth Summit I was teaching in England I was invited to write some songs for a multi school environmental event in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. While sitting in a classroom waiting for the morning assembly, at which I had been asked to perform a few songs, the teacher took morning attendance.

I noticed that all the children, 5 and year olds, were wearing badges saying 'Growing Up Green'.
"I wonder if they even know what that means?" I thought as I sat there observing them. Then the song came to me, and I quickly scribbled it down.

I sang the song at the assembly and the children caught on to the chorus straight away, "Growin Up Green means I care." I had already written several songs for the project and decided to record them. It was released in the good old cassette tape format and I feel much of the sound quality suffered as it was digitalised for CD production. I also want to update the arrangements of some of the songs as my dream is to get this CD heard by as many children as possible.

I know just why the children caught onto the chorus of this song...it IS catchy and fun.  To be honest, as I sit here and type, I have this song stuck right in my head and that is a good thing!  Growing Up Green is just one of the great songs on this environmentally friendly CD from Pamela Sunshine.  Here are the others...

On Your Bike
Garbage Free Sea
Turn Off The Tap
Ten Empty Pop Cans
Sun and Rain
Litter Matters
Home Sweet Home
The Walking Song
Very Green Song

As you can probably tell from the titles, the songs are all very earth friendly and help to teach kids to care for the world around them.  The catchy lyrics and fun verses had me and the boys singing right along.  Ten Empty Pop cans is a big favorite with my boys and it makes for a fun counting song.  I just really love how the songs send important messages in ways children can understand and relate to.  In Get on Your Bike,  Pamela sings "if you are not going very far get on your bike" and in Turn off the Tap she sings "if we leave the water running we'll be running out of water".  These songs have stemmed some really great conversations between me and the boys about our footprint on the world around us.

I love this CD.  It now resides in my car CD player and is in permanent rotation.  Big thumbs up to Pamela Sunshine for her positive message sung in delightful songs for children (and their parents!).  You can purchase Growing Up Green here on Pamela's website.

FIVE lucky Reviewed By Mom Readers are going to win a copy of Pamela Sunshine's Growing Up Green!  Here is how to enter...

Mandatory Entry: Visit Pamela Sunshine's Website and then leave a comment here telling me something you learned about this very talented artist.  You must complete this entry for all others to count.

For Extra Entries:

1.  Follow this blog= 1 entry
2.  Like Reviewed By Mom on Facebook =1 entry
3.  Like Pamela Sunshine on Facebook =1 entry
4.  Enter one of my other giveaways & let me know you have done so = 1 entry per giveaway entered.
5.  Follow Pamela Sunshine on Twitter= 1 entry
6.  Follow Reviewed By Mom on Twitter = 1 entry
7.  Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it = 1 entry

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail.  Contest is open to US  residents and will end on October 27th.    The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on October 28th and also here on Reviewed By Mom.  Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with the above CD for purpose of review.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

61 comments:

ruthhill74 said...

She used to teach in England.

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Hifam said...

I liked her story about how she wrote the "Growing Up Green" song. I also learned that she hosts concerts and reads poetry as well as singing. This sounds like a great cd.
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Little Cooties said...

She has 4 cd's and is working on a story telling cd now

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Anonymous said...

I learned that Pamela is a singing clown.

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Hifam said...

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Megan said...

I learned that she also performs with her daughter.
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justicecw said...

Pam is currently working on a stories CD featuring her gentle storytelling style. :) Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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Ellie said...

I learned that she is working on a new CD featuring stories!
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Asha said...

She started writing specifically for children in 1986 and produced her first tape
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lisad33611 said...

I learned Pam sings and plays guitar, mandolin and bouzouki.
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