Leave It in the Soup

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Beatles-esque music is feel-good fun for preschoolers.

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Positive Messages

Lots of positive messages about "finding the silver lining" in everything.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This group knows how to have fun, no matter what!

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this kid-friendly music has a Beatles-esque quality, with fun, positive messages about seeing the good in every day and everyone. It addresses typical kid issues such as a bad hair day or the frustration in learning to tie your shoes; there's nothing questionable here.

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What's the story?

Put together the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Mozart, Woody Guthrie, and a G-rating, and what do you get? The Dream Jam Band! This New York-based multi-talented music group offers an eclectic but classic sound that encourages kids to sing and dance along. On their second album, LEAVE IT IN THE SOUP, the Dream Jam Band sings about the frustrations and fun of being a kid. Little ones will identify with the upbeat lyrics, and parents will appreciate the unique sound.

Is it any good?

It's hard not to like the music on Leave it in the Soup. Each song is a bit of a surprise, not to mention a mini-lesson for kids in great music. From "I Can't Tie My Shoes," which is set to Mozart's popular Piano Sonata #11, to the enchanting and gorgeous "The Lullaby," this album is a journey through music that also happens to teach kids about finding the silver lining in everything, and, even better -- having friends to share it with.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that musicians young and old influence each other. Do you think there's music today that sounds like music from another time? What's your favorite kind of music? Rap? Rock? Country? Why? Do you think this music will still be around when you are a grownup? Do you think you will still like it?

  • The song "Have a Party When You Get the Blues" talks about bringing yourself up when you feel down. What kinds of things make you feel sad or down? What do you do to make yourself feel better? Does having friends or family around help?

Music details

For kids who love to rock out

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