Music for a Green Planet

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Saving the planet was never so much fun.

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What parents need to know

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Every song celebrates environmental awareness and doing your part.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is full of joyful and witty tunes that celebrate the environment. Each song is a play on a classic children's song and has been given new lyrics and a jazzy update.

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What's the story?

Just in time for Earth Day comes this fantastic family jazz album by Hayes Greenfield, a veteran musician whose \"Jazz-Ma-Tazz\" album and education series won multiple awards and praise from the industry and parents alike. Now, he's added saving the environment to his mission and has come up with an album that will have parents and kids alike celebrating the environment and renewing their commitment to do something to help. With help from some of Broadway's top performers, as well as a host of jazz greats, this CD gives old lullabies new life with lushly layered studio production and smart, never overbearing messages (the lyrics were penned by environmental activist Margo Schepart).

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Each song mixes familiar and new ideas and is packed with a lot of information -- like how turbines work (water power) and what geothermal power is, all set to superb jazz beats. The Things we Throw Away," fetchingly sung by 8-year-old Les Miserables star Carly Sonenclar, lists the hundreds of seemingly insignificant items we toss everyday, like Ketchup and sugar packets and plastic forks that come in paper bags, tracing them back to the places they were made -- factories and sugar cane fields. The gorgeous "Rock-a-bye Rainforest" sounds like a song you'd listen to in an after-hours jazz club and will rock your little ones to sleep in style. Destined to become a family favorite.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about if the album makes you want to become more green. Did the songs give you ideas of how to recycle or be kinder to the Earth? What can your family do to make sure you follow the "don't take more than you need" message on this album?

Music details

Artist:Hayes Greenfield
Release date:April 3, 2008
Label:Dots and Lines
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byDaphne April 9, 2008
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An Amazing CD for Kids and Parents!

l LOVE this CD! Smart lyrics that are important for kids to hear (all about Green energy), inventive arrangements, jazzy w/ elements of World Music. A welcome change from the folk/rock that's plagued the market. The playing is great, the vocals delightful, the message compelling. You can listen to this CD over and over and never get tired of it! My current fave that my three kids love, too.

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