Every Day Is Earth Day

Music review by
Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
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Recycling superhero sings of eco-friendliness.

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Positive Messages

Teaches kids to respect and take care of the planet.

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"Liquid Candy" mentions Coca Cola and Mountain Dew, but just to say that soda isn't healthy for kids. "SUVs" talks about Expedition Suburbans and Range Rovers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing but positive messages on this album. The man behind Recycleman is Peter DuBois, a waste reduction specialist in Washington. He wears his superhero costume -- made out of recycled materials, of course! -- as he sings his bluesy, folksy songs about recycling, composting, and the problems with SUVs. The short songs and pleasing music make this CD able to capture kids' attention and get them excited about recycling and other eco-friendly things.

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What's the story?

Each song on EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY presents a problem that affects our Earth -- from litter to gas-guzzling SUVs -- without seeming overly preachy. But despite the somewhat depressing material (\"We Americans we love to drive fast cause we're a nation that is drunk on gas/But one of these days those oil wells will be dry and all our grandkids will be asking us why?\"), the songs manage to remain somewhat upbeat. Recycleman gets you to repeat the word \"Compost\" over and over again in the song of the same name, and \"Stuck on Trash,\" a jam-band sound reminiscent of the Grateful Dead, is all about reducing waste.

Is it any good?

The band Recycleman is so true to its mission that it uses soda bottles filled with popcorn, yogurt containers filled with lentils, and hubcaps as their percussion instruments -- along with a kazoo, drums, and acoustic and electric guitars. While the lyrics aren't brilliant ("You drained out all the milk now don't commit a sin/Rinse out that old milk jug and put it in the bin and recycle"), the songs are short and catchy so kids will probably start singing along after hearing the CD just once.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about things they can do to help the planet. What are things that can be recycled? What can you do to keep oil out of the water supply? How do you compost? How can you avoid toxins?

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