What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that if your family is striving to be "green," then this is a good CD to pop in the player when you're slicing fresh veggies from the farmer's market or riding in the car to a favorite hiking spot. The musicians gathered here sing about saving the planet, eating well, and the role of nature, with easy folk-country tunes to boot.
What's the story?
EARTHWORM ENSEMBLE is a newly-banded music project consisting of some of L.A.'s most successful folk-country musicians. The ensemble's mission is to create fun, family-friendly, earth-loving music to teach kids and their parents about nature, life, and love of the planet. The songs talk about wriggly earthworms, yummy fresh corn, making pizza, and superheroes named Bear and Dog, with funky folk beats and country chords to get the whole family off the couch and out in nature, or at least, strolling through the farmer's market.
Is it any good?
It's hard to find fault with an album that aims to teach and entertain kids and their families about the earth and environment. The songs here are mostly folk-country tunes or ballads that give green lessons about what an earthworm's job is, or how to make pizza from scratch. "Mama Loves You" is achingly sweet and serene, and kids will love making a mess to "Pizza Moon" and finding some rhythm to "Bang a Drum." "The Traveling Train" is a country concoction of words and fabulous imagery about Anytown, U.S.A., but the deep bass vocals make it hard to understand. At times the music seems low-energy for a children's album, and squirmy kids may lose interest after the first five or six tracks. But overall, the goal of getting kids interested in nature is achieved, with a cornucopia of tunes that makes this entire album fuss-free, natural, and good music to any ears.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about being environmentally aware. What are a few things kids can do to protect the environment? Why is it important to save our planet?
How can families save energy? How can kids help to reduce, reuse, and recycle?