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Motown for Kids
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Motown, Berry Gordy's legendary record company, produced a rich musical legacy that changed the direction of American pop culture in the 1960s; many parents and grandparents still love hit records by the label's phenomenal artists. MOTOWN FOR KIDS delivers 14 of Motown's most beloved singles, not as warmed-over, dumbed-down \"children's music,\" but as the real thing.
Is it any good?
Families can use the lyrics of these songs as jumping-off points for discussion ("Mr. Postman"), creative choreography ("Mickey's Monkey"), or just good-time, dance-party fun (just about every track). Older siblings in bands should pay special attention to Motown's famous rhythm section; singers will love harmonizing with the background vocals. Most important, everyone in the family can enjoy some of the best popular music ever produced in the 20th century, and environmentally-conscious families can recycle the entire package.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about "Mickey's Monkey." Can you make up a dance to go with it? Are there other animals that make you think of funny ways to move and dance? "Please Mr. Postman" describes waiting for a letter from the singer's sweetheart. Have you ever longed for a letter or email from someone special?