Come Bien Is One Of This Year’s Year’s Most Original, Important New Children’s Albums

Courtesy:  Smithsonian Folkways

Courtesy: Smithsonian Folkways

Childhood health is a major hot button issue in America today. So many measures have been taken through the past decade or so in an effort to get America’s children to eat better and move more. While some of those measures have proven at east somewhat effective, others have of course been anything but. Now with his latest album, Come Bien/Eat Well, children’s entertainer Jose Luis-Orozco has given parents and educators alike a new tool in the battle for the health and well-being of America’s children. The main way in which it proves itself such an effective tool is the fact that it isn’t preachy about the subject of eating right from beginning to end. That is something that so many of those more ineffective measures have gotten wrong in their efforts to promote healthy lifestyles among children. It will be discussed at more length shortly. The presentation of the album’s songs in both Spanish and English is another major positive to the album’s overall presentation. Its bilingual presentation dramatically increases the odds of its pro-healthy message reaching not just one specific target audience but multiple audiences. Last but hardly least worth noting of the album’s positives is the bilingual presentation of the album’s lyrics in the album’s companion booklet. It takes the foundation established by the dual presentation of the songs in themselves and solidifies that foundation even more, making this record complete and a completely surefire success in the ongoing battle for children’s health.

Come Bien/Eat Right is one of the most important new children’s music offerings to be released so far this year. The central reason for its importance is the fact that it directly presents itself not so much as just another children’s album but one of so many tools currently being used in the ongoing battle for the health of America’s children. What sets it apart from those other tools is that it actually proves itself to be an effective tool in that battle. it proves itself to be such an effective tool because it doesn’t try to preach to its target audiences. It isn’t one of those cheap, cheesy presentations that sees its presenter singing about moving around and eating a little of this and a little of that. Rather it promotes healthy eating just by singing about the different great-tasting foods that are out there. ‘The Fruit Conga’ is a prime example of what makes this approach so effective. Luis-Orozco sings in this song about all of the great-tasting fruits that are out there including: strawberries, bananas, apples, grapes, and pineapples just to name a handful. He sings the song against a fun, up-tempo musical backing that will have young listeners more focused on the music than the song’s lyrical content. In turn, the lyrical content will sink in in a more subliminal fashion, thus encouraging chidlren to try said fruits without even realizing that they have have been encouraged to do so. That is extremely smart writing on the part of Luis-Orozco. What’s more such a song could be used to replace the music for a cake walk at all of the upcoming Halloween festivities, and in turn said collections of fruit in place of the typical pastries. Proper eating habits are the center of Luis-Orozco’s new album. However, they aren’t all that he promotes throughout the course of the album’s body. There is also a note about proper hygiene in the song ‘Clean Hands.’ Luis-Orozco sings about a puppet who likes to wash his hands. Luis-Orozco avoids being preachy just as much here as in any of the album’s other songs. Rather his playful story about the puppet named Pimpon is another way in which he takes advantage of children’s habit of modeling to subliminally get his young audiences to do the same. It is yet another way in which the songs and their delivery prove so important to the whole of the album’s presentation. ‘Water’ is one more example of how the songs and their approach are so pivotal to the album’s ultimate outcome. Once more, Luis-Orozco wholly avoids preaching to his young audiences, opting instead to boast the benefits of drinking water instead of sugary, calorie-filled drinks. There is no direct mention of said drinks anywhere in the song. But it goes without saying that the lack of mention is just as powerful as its use. It is one more way in which the songs that make up Come Bien/Eat Right and their approach prove to be so important to the whole of the album. They are hardly the only elements that make this album such a worthwhile listen either. The presentation of the songs in both Spanish and English is just as important to its presentation as the songs themselves.

The songs that make up the body of Come Bien/Eat Right and Luis-Orozco’s approach within each composition are quite important in their own right to the overall presentation of his new album. While being so important to the whole of the album’s presentation, the presentation of the songs in both Spanish and English is just as important as the songs themselves. Luis-Orozco is not the first artist to take this approach to a children’s album or even any album in general. Fellow children’s entertainers Future Hits took the same approach on their most recent release Today is Forever. That album was releaed earlier this year. Getting back on the topic at hand, the presentation of the album’s songs in both Spanish and English is so important simply in that it dramatically broadens the album’s audience base. The songs are presented first in Spanish and then again in English for a total of thirty-eight tracks. Being directly separated out, it means Spanish teachers and English teachers alike will know precisely which track(s) to use in teaching their lessons on healthy eating. That is especially the case being that the complete track listing is noted on the back of the album’s case. That full listing partnered with the songs’ bilingual presentation adds even more interest to this record but is still not all that makes it such an interesting collection of songs. The presentation of the songs’ lyrics in both Spanish and English within the album’s companion booklet round out the album’s overall presentation and make it a whole that both educators and parents alike will enjoy.

The presentation of Come Bien/Eat Right’s lyrics both in Spanish and English within the album’s companion booklet is just as important to the whole of the album as the songs (and Luis-Orozco’s approach to each composition) and the dual presentation of the songs themselves. It takes the foundation established through the songs’ bilingual approach and solidifies it by clearly separating the songs’ Spanish and English translations into two distinct sections to make one whole. It is interesting to note that the translations are both right side up within the pages of the booklet. It’s just that while one is right side up, the other is upside down. So depending on which translation one wants, all one has to do is turn said side right side up. It’s almost as if the people at Smithsonian Folkways decided to be a little playful with the booklet considering such presentation. And as subtle and minor as it is within the grand scheme of the album’s presentation, it is still just noticeable enough that it will put a smile on any listener’s face in its own right. The smile in question, coupled with the smiles generated by the songs and their distinct separation proves the album in the end to be one of the most important and original children’s albums to be released so far this year.

Come Bien/Eat Right is one of the most important and original children’s albums to be released so far this year. This is the case primarily because of the songs that make up the body of the album and their overall stylistic approach. The presentation of the songs in both Spanish and English within the album and its booklet together round out the album’s presentation. Each element is just as important as the others in examining each one. Collectively they make Come Bien/Eat Right, again, one of the most important and original children’s albums to be released so far this year. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct from Jose Luis-Orozco’s official website at http://joseluisorozco.com/main/comebien.html. More information on this and other releases from Jose Luis-Orozco is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.joseluisorozco.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/joseluis_orozco

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