Thursday, September 29, 2011
Big Bully...Review & Giveaway!
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.
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