Great Day

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Rock music for kids that parents will love too.

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Positive Messages

Many songs encourage good behavior and the healthy aspects of being a kid: movement, playing, being kind, cleaning up, friends, loving life and family, and appreciating the good things ("I just need a home and good books to read").

Positive Role Models & Representations
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Mentions "Barbie" and "Ken" once, but only to describe "things" that kids sometimes want but don't always need.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this former indie rock group now makes rock music for kids, and this latest album is full of kid-friendly lyrics and parent-approved riffs to rock out to for the whole family. Their music has been featured on Noggin, PBS Kids, and Discovery Kids.

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What's the story?

With their fourth studio album, GREAT DAY, Milkshake continues to show that rock music can find fans in any age group. Produced by Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Great Day showcases 12 original tracks about everything kid-related, from scraped knees and dirty rooms, to wild imaginations and visits with Grandma. Milkshake has previously released three award-winning, critically-acclaimed CDs, Happy Songs, Bottle of Sunshine, and PLAY! Their music has been featured on Noggin, PBS Kids, and Discovery Kids.

Is it any good?

Who said little kids can't have great rock heroes too? When you hear Great Day, two things are obvious: One, these people are rockers, and two, these people are parents. In between guitar riffs, the lyrics and content ring true about the important things in a kid's mind: playing outside, fickle friendships, a scraped knee, or making a mess in the kitchen.

The Milkshake Band stays true to their rock roots while still creating kid-appropriate material with serious, sizzling pop-rock music that will have the entire family on their feet. From "Statue of Me," (If there was a statue of me, I wonder what the reason would be") to "You Did It," a jam way better than the clean-up song, kids can be encouraged to explore what happens when things seem a mess and how to always find their place. "When I'm Old" is a sweet, countrified ode to aging generations, and "I Love You" is a precious lullaby from a parent to a child. Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy finding their inner-rocker when they listen to Great Day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lyrics. A lot of songs encourage dancing, movement, and being healthy. What are some ways that kids can practice living a healthy lifestyle, even in the face of so much junk food advertising, fast food, and entertainment that often keeps them planted in front of a TV or computer? Do you think companies focus their advertising on young kids too much?

  • A few of the songs touch on the idea of disagreements with friends or occasional childhood disappointments (scraped knee, calling someone names), but also offer positive ways to deal with these disappointments. How do you handle it when things don't go your way?

  • Is there too much commericalism around kids' products today? From Dora to SpongeBob to Hannah Montana, how much is too much? And how can parents teach their kids to be realistic and responsible when it comes to their favorite characters and shows?

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