Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Recess Monkey: Flying!
For those who understand how a gravity-defying leap from the couch is mightily enhanced by wearing a bed sheet cape, celebrated independent children’s recording group Recess Monkey offers a superhero-inspired collection of music on their seventh studio CD, FLYING! (Monkey Mama, $14.99, for ages 3 – 8, run time 47 minutes. Release date: June 21, 2011.).
Superheroes usually populate a world of make-believe, but most of the songs on FLYING! are firmly grounded in the everyday, real-life experiences of Recess Monkey as teachers, parents, and (former) kids and graced with the knowledge that an ordinary person can, indeed, transform into a superhero. Think Wonder Woman re-imagined as a five-year-old playground dynamo covered in band-aids, Superman as a “Superkid” who bravely tells the truth and stands up for what's right, or a tribute to one of the greatest superheroes of all time: Grandma!
The three members of Recess Monkey are teachers who met while working at the same Seattle school and shared a genuine enthusiasm for a grad school project that morphed into their 2005 debut release Welcome to Recess Monkey Town. This was followed by another popular (and zoologically correct) hit, Aminal House. The teachers — Jack Forman, Daron Henry, and Drew Holloway — made history with their next release, Wonderstuff, the first double CD children’s album produced from material generated at a kids’ summer camp workshop. Likewise, 2008’s Tabby Road, 2009’s Field Trip, and 2010’s The Final Funktier each came from real life children’s experiences.
This CD is great! The lyrics are fun, imaginative and empowering and completely danceable. A&W are big fans and even Baby R likes to groove to this one. Recess Monkey is also one of those bands who are even listenable for parents which makes car trips much more manageable! The messages given are great too...I loved "Bravest Kid in the World" which is about doing the right thing and "Your Favorite Book" which is an ode to reading. The musicians of Recess Monkey obviously know, love and respect children and it shows in their music! You can pre-order Flying today or check out Recess Monkey's other CD's by clicking here.
Recess Monkey is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of their upcoming release Flying! Here is how to enter...
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