Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big Bully...Review & Giveaway!

Today I want to tell you about a children's CD that I feel very passionately about.  Big Bully, A Best Foot Forward CD from Recess Music is a CD that I would like to place in the hands of every child on the planet.  I think it is that good and I think it is that important.  All you have to do is read the paper or turn on the news and see what an epidemic the problem of bullying is.  I actually get sick to my stomach when I think about it.  As a mother my heart breaks to think of a child being bullied and I hope my children are never the victims of bullies or bullies themselves.  When I heard about Big Bully I was anxious to play it for my children.  As the title suggests, Big Bully, is full of songs handling the topic of bullying head on.  Here is a bit of background...


Recess Music, a company dedicated to helping kids value a world that is wise, fair, and generous hearted, has launched its “Best Foot Forward” series of CDs with Big Bully, an album featuring songs by such kids music luminaries as Milkshake, The Hipwaders and Renee & Jeremy.

The folks at Recess Music hope that Big Bully 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Big Bully opens with The Uncle Brothers’ wonderfully alliterative, two-beat country tune, ”Bully Bubba,” explaining why bullies do the things they do and providing solid, practical advice:  When you ignore them, they will go away!   In up-to-date folk style, Nancy Tucker’s “Most Valuable Player” pays tribute to doing the right thing, declaring, “No matter what the scoreboard said, that kid came out a winner.”  The Hipwaders encourage kids to develop a positive attitude to behavioral consequences with their upbeat song “Time In Time Out,” while Mary Kaye’s “Mean Ogre” features a
really mean ogre singing about refusing to change. The country/rock “Me Last Attitude” by The Happy Crowd helps foster a gracious attitude that includes thinking of others first. Milkshake’s colorful, rocking “Enemies” portrays best friends who, unfortunately, sometimes act like enemies. “One and Only Me” by Janet’s Planet and “I Can Make a Difference” by J. P. Taylor & The Academics emphasize self-understanding and self-validation. The Hill Brothers have fun with “Vicious Vinnie,” a droll minor key song in praise of “talking it out” with teachers.  Susan Salidor’s lovely ukulele waltz “I’m Sorry” offers a variety of ideas for how to apologize.  More good advice for kids is given on Lyle Cogen’s rap, “No Put Downs,” and Lou Del Bianco’s “Bad Day Today.” In Leslie Bixler’s lyrical “Can You Imagine?” the focus is on empathy, with children being taken through situations where they “take a walk in someone else’s shoes.”  Glenn Colton shares more insights about bullies on “Don’t Bully Me,” singing “Bullies are like babies in disguise.”  Renee & Jeremy bring the album to a peaceful close with their mellow “Wishing Well,” a song conveying wishes of peace, love and well-being to all.


This whole entire CD is a masterpiece.  My kids LOVE the CD from start to finish.  The songs give sound advice.  For instance in "Bully Bubba" the line "telling is not tattling.  telling will protect you and me" about speaking up for yourself or others.  In Vicious Vinnie a boy is portrayed as the victim of bully and will do anything he can to avoid going to school until he tells his teacher who is able to help.  When I heard the song "I'm Sorry" I actually wept.  The line of "I am sorry I did the thing that I did that made you sad" helps children to understand the power of saying "I'm sorry".  I am actually tearing up over the beauty of it now.




I could really go on and on about this CD.  I think it is well done and enjoyable for the kids to hear and the message is SO IMPORTANT.  This CD should be in every single classroom and if I could I would hand deliver it to every teacher on the planet.  I told you....I am passionate about this one.  Please, please get this CD for the children in your life.  It is empowering and insightful and it is a step toward stopping bulling.  Pick one (or 2, or 100!) up today on the RECESS MUSIC WEBSITE.

I am thrilled to tell you that one lucky RBM reader will win a copy of Big Bully.  Thank you so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...

16 comments:

Hifam said...

I would share this cd with my elementary age kids. It sounds like a great one! hickenfam

Yummy Boy Mummy said...

I'd like to win this for my middle 2 sons.

Nikki Cole said...

The Kids I babysit for

Nicole22654@yahoo.com

corey1971 said...

I have three children (5,8 and 11), so this would be great for them. (olomon@hotmail.com)

Heather said...

I'm trying to win this for my son who just started Kindergarten.
hschonrock at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I would like to win this for my niece and nephew.

Maryann D.
twinkle at optonline dot net

Dana said...

For my nephew Hunter. dmatthews38751@yahoo.com

nicolesender said...

I'd like to win this for my grandson.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shirley said...

To try to instill the right and wrong side of things.Hoping they will not grow up to be bullies or bullied.

jakeremom said...

I am trying to win this cd for my son.

Kimmie Barnes
shawnandkim@suddenlink.net

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥Kat F.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I'm trying to win this for my grandkids.
fastkat at gmail dot com

Tara Haidinger said...

I would like to win this and donate it to my daughter's elementary school for use in their no bullying program.

Tara H
minkynopants at hotmail dot com

Laurie said...

my daughter and my nephew

Robin Blankenship said...

My kids


robinblankenship@gmail.com

Gina said...

My daughter!!

jadavis said...

I am in my last year of school to be a teacher, and I think this would be a wonderful tool for my classroom! I was bullied as a child and I think it's a topic that needs more attention!
Jadavis42@students.tntech.edu