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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Family Values is a great collection of meaningful rock songs for the whole family. The album's message of loving kindness is threaded throughout each song, some of which hint at rock classics by Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Carole King, The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, even Pearl Jam. The album's title reclaims the notion of family values as a love and acceptance of all. Charity and her Band jam-pack these gems with compassion, even a bit of silliness, making it the perfect album for family time.
What's the story?
FAMILY VALUES is the fifth album by San Francisco-based Charity Kahn and the JAM Band. The band's positive and melodic messages are guided by acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, piano, and a full-on rock band. The album's CD insert contains thought-provoking quotes from peacemakers including Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, the 14th Dalai Lama, and many more.
Is it any good?
If you're a fan of classic rock and thoughtful lyrics, then Family Values would be a fantastic addition to your music collection. It's a family-friendly album that embraces the core values of love, kindness, and community in a groovy Zen-like way. The songs are well crafted, with hooky melodies, lilting vocals, and at times mesmerizing harmonies, with messages that go straight to the soul. So yes, young kids can grasp these heady concepts of compassion and community, peace and love, because they're character traits we practice every day. (For an extra dose of goodness, check out the quotes dotted throughout the album's liner notes -- they'll spark more thoughts supporting Charity's message.) Standout tracks are many and include "Family Values," " Lovingkindness," "Lemonade," "Bike," "Love Is Here," "Green Beans Everywhere," "Grateful," " We Are The Ones," and "You Are My Sunshine."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the many positive character traits on display here, including compassion, joy, patience, understanding, community, and global love and peace. Talk about these traits and how we practice them in our everyday lives.
Some of these songs sound like they were inspired by rock music from the past. Why do you think Charity cites these music styles in her own music?
The album's liner notes have many thought-provoking quotes interspersed between the lyrics. Read some and talk about their meaning. The liner notes also have Sanskrit translations for many positive character traits such as compassion. These terms are commonplace in Buddhist and Hindu practices like yoga and meditation. Consider adding these terms into your family's everyday vocabulary.
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