Gratitude Attitude Another Fun, Family Friendly Record From Big Round Records’ Best Foot Forward Series

Courtesy:  Big Round Records

Courtesy: Big Round Records

The latest release in the Best Foot Forward series of releases, Gratitude Attitude is another fun release that parents will enjoy taking in with their children.  Gratitude Attitude continues the standard established in previous Best Foot Forward compilations of mixing positive messages with an enjoyable mix of musical styles.  The two come together to make this compilation another success from Big Round Records and a record for which any parent will be grateful.  This record works as well as previous releases in the Recess Music series for a handful of reasons.  The first of those reasons is the continued tradition of presenting a positive message that both parents and kids will appreciate.  The second reason for it success is the also continued tradition of mixing up musical styles from song to song.  This actually serves a double purpose.  The third reason for the compilation’s success is directly tied in to the music.  That third factor in the set’s success is the ease with which young listeners can sing along.  All three put together, they make Gratitude Attitude just as enjoyable as its predecessors in this series of compilations.

If there’s one thing for which Recess Music and the Best Foot Forward series have become known, it’s the positive messages presented in the songs on each record in the series.  This record is no different.  Each record in the series has had a general overlying theme running through its songs.  The theme of this record is, as the title notes, the theme of appreciation and gratitude.  Throughout the record, young listeners are exposed to the variety of ways and reason to be grateful.  From simply being appreciative for knowing someone to being thankful for family and the things that family members do to look out for one another, the positive theme runs from start to finish on this record.  As an added bonus, there are songs that teach ways to show gratitude such as writing a thank you note, to eating one’s vegetables to simply saying thank you.  There are even other songs included that teach manners through the course of the compilation.  A prime example of that is the bluegrass tinged, ‘Use Your Napkin, Not Your Mom.’  Its primary theme is exactly as the title suggests.  But it gets even funnier as the song progresses.  It’s definitely one that parents will appreciate.

The bluegrass style of ‘Use Your Napkin, Not Your Mom’ is fun for anyone that is a fan of that genre of music.  It isn’t the only song that boasts a bluegrass style on this record.  There are others similar in style throughout the record’s sequencing.  There is also a nice bluegrass/gospel style piece in the song, ‘In My Family’s House’ that fans of that style will appreciate.  And then there’s the standard acoustic guitar piece, ‘There’s a Pea on my Plate.’  It has a musical style all its own that kids and parents will both enjoy.  It’s just one more example of how this compilation’s musical variety will entertain audiences of all ages, in turn making it one more factor in its success.  It’s one more factor in the success of the compilation.  Staying on that thought, as silly as this song is, the ease with which young listeners can sing along with certain lines is just one so of many examples of how the songs’ ability to connect on that simplest of levels helps the whole thing to succeed.

The compilation’s musical variety and its positive lyrical themes both play big roles in the success of Gratitude Attitude.  The ability of the songs to connect to young listeners on the most basic of levels—singing along—is one more factor that makes this compilation another success for Recess Music.  The very title, ‘There’s a Pea on my Plate’ is a phrase that kids will love to say over and over again just for the sake of laughing at its silliness.  The lyrics are a whole different story.  They’re just as silly and easy to sing along with.  And while the other songs on Gratitude Attitude aren’t as silly as this one, each of the other songs in this release is just as easy for young listeners to sing along with.  And any young listener that takes in the set’s songs with a parent or adult will enjoy the songs even more.  That’s because they will see that the adults will enjoy the songs just as much, singing along themselves.  In singing the songs together and taking in the different musical styles throughout and the positive messages, parents and children alike will find themselves increasingly grateful for this record.  It will be available Tuesday, August 27th.  It can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Gratitude-Attitude-Forward-Childrens-Recess/dp/B00DYEBM4W/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1374589158&sr=1-2&keywords=Recess+Music.  While parents wait for the compilation to arrive, they can keep up with the latest news on it online at http://www.facebook.com/RecessMusic, http://www.recessmusic.com, http://twitter.com/RecessMusic, http://www.bigroudnrecords.com, and http://www.parmarecordings.com.

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Recess Music’s Latest LP Lots Of Fun For Parents, Kids

Courtesy:  Big Round Records

Courtesy: Big Round Records

The latest release from Recess Music’s “Best Foot Forward Series” is a wonderful tool for pre-school teachers and even for Kindergarten teachers.  The album, simply titled, Share teaches young listeners about the different ways to share and help others through a variety of musical genres and song topics.  The record boasts hints of Dixieland, samba, blues, and even some poppier sounds throughout its collection of songs.  The whole thing opens with something akin to a James Taylor song in ‘Something to Share.’  Though the horns might conjure up thoughts of The Beatles, believe it nor not, in some parents’ minds.  And the subtle addition of a harp in the background is one more nice touch to the song’s musical backing.  The song’s lyrical side makes this song an even more fitting opening, considering the album’s title.  The vocalist in question here sings, “Giving something to share/We can help a child/Have a better life/Somewhere.”  He sings about giving hope to a child, doing something simple to make even one child’s life better.  Added to the song’s musical side, it will move any parent or adult in general.

That gentle opener is followed up with an equally moving piece in ‘Green beans Everywhere.’  Sure, it sounds like a silly title.  But the reality is that this song is anything but silly.  It just takes a silly concept to illustrate a child’s desire to want to feed everyone and end world hunger.  It’s actually quite a deep song as simple as it is.  Again, any parent will appreciate this.  From here, the album moves into something more up-tempo in the samba based ‘Mi Casa, Su casa.’  This song’s dance musical side will instantly get young listeners moving.  At the same time, it teaches another lesson of sharing.  This time, it’s the lesson of having an open door to friends.  Jack Pearson sings this song.  He sings, “Mi casa, Su Casa Mi amigo/My door is always open/To welcome you.”  He sings about sharing food and letting friends sleep at his place when it’s needed.  This is another wonderfully positive song in that it teaches young listeners to always be willing to help friends who might be in need for one reason or another.  It’s that kindness that the world needs.  And it’s that kindness that can breed more kindness to others down the road (I.E. paying it forward).  The world could use a little more of that kind of positive mentality, especially in this day and age.  So kudos to those involved with the Recess Music project for including this fun and inspiring song to this record.

The album’s very next song, ‘What you Give is What You Get’ echoes much the same sentiment as the prior track.  Except it explains it in a broader sense.  The vocalist in this song sings to audiences, “Don’t forget/Your life is what you make it/There’ll be no regret/When you get your chance just take it/But you can bet/What you give is what you get.”  It’s much the same sentiment as that of the previous song.  What separates this song from the previous one is the general song style.  What listeners get here is a Dixieland style piece instead of a samba.  Again, this is a fun piece for both parents and kids.  For that matter, it’s a song from which even parents can take something away since so many adults seem to have forgotten this life lesson.  It’s just one more enjoyable song that makes up the whole of this record.  Young listeners also learn from this record about sharing friendship, taking turns and sharing resources, helping one another and simply sharing in many other forms and fashions.  There is no one bad song on this compilation.  Every song included in this set entertains and teaches young listeners.  The mix of fun songs and lyrical lessons makes this an essential record for any classroom of young people or even any parents of young children.  It is available now and can be ordered online at the Recess Music website, http://www.recessmusic.com.  Parents can also keep up with the latest from Recess Music on the Recess Music Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/RecessMusic.    

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