This song reminds me of a lullaby version of the original song. It is a much slower version, but beautiful all the same. I love the back beat- just a simple percussion ostinato with other instruments sprinkled in. This version does not have the complicated meter of the original which makes it great for younger kids to experience the song. Would be really cool to do a scarf dance with this for a Valentines Day activity (maybe next year!) or just as a great listening example through out the year to focus on treating each other with respect, etc.
I like this one. It is a little slower than I expected but still gives great ideas on how to live healthfully, exercise, etc. There is even a kid rap section- very cute! This one would be great to incorporate into Jump Rope For Heart Week, Walk-a-Thon day, or other fitness activity days your school might have. It is a really good speed for crunches (not too fast but not too slow).
This one has horns! Yay! There is a intro/ chorus and then family members take turns reciting mother goose rhythms (Little Bo Peep, Pease Porridge Hot, Jack Sprat, Wee Willy Winky, Cock-a-doodle-doo, Horse and the Flea, Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers, Little Jack Horner, Crooked Man, Little Boy Blue, and more!) This one is definitely geared toward Kinders and 1st grade- great for a brain break in these grades.
This would be a great entrance song for younger kids with the call and response of Rhythm-Child and Music-Time. You could listen to the whole song every once in a while and then just do the chorus as an intro to class as they are walking to their seats. Has a great message of listening to all types of music at all ages.
This song tells the story of a "Sprout" growing as a seed from a big tree into a big tree and starting the cycle over again. It tells us why we should "sprout the positive into a big tree" in our daily lives by doing good deeds, random acts of kindness etc.
As stated in the CD notes- this track is a story told to music. The villagers use music to scare away the pirates :) Little ones would LOVE to color pictures to this song, act it out, and older students could even listen for how the music fits the story then write their own stories to other instrumental music (this can be a great lead-in to any genre of music from classical to hip-hop, reggae to pop.)
This song gives a fun overview of Reggae history so it would be great in a unit of different musical genres. It tells us why the melodies have a small range, and why percussion is the main form of accompaniment- because they are much more accessible to people all over the world. "Out of Jamaica, to the rest of the land, Born from the drum of the African".
This one uses just un-pitched percussion and voices in harmony- very cool. It has a great message of never being alone, even when we have lost someone we love because they watch over us from above. This one does mention God, or as He is named in many Reggae songs "Jah" so if you work in a public school that is picky about mentioning religion be careful.
As Norm Jones (Rhythm Child) says, “I want to give kids a sense that the music is not talking down to them, and that it’s filled with flavor and realness.”
- The Academic Choice Awards stated that “Say It & Play It” (Rhythm Child’s previous release) helps teach and enhance skills such as following directions, sequencing, hand-eye coordination, and practicing use of both hemispheres. Listening to the music enhances health, relaxation and mental stimulation, spatial temporal reasoning, and improves memory.”
- His children’s music furthers this esteemed tradition and has been best described as “John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Otis Redding playing a music festival on Sesame Street.”
- Previous to Rhythm Child, Jones was best known for his work with the iconic band General Public with whom he toured with nationally and internationally, and appeared with on Arsenio Hall.