My Best Day

Music review by
Jennifer Axman, Common Sense Media
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Grammy nominee goes the goofy route.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

A fluffy reference to a bank robbery ("After school I went to the bank and some robbers came/reach for the sky, so my pants fell down again/They started laughing and they dropped their guns").

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

One mention of Kool-Aid and Nintendo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Grammy-nominated live CD contains only two new songs -- all the rest are on other Trout Fishing in America recordings. The somewhat strange (in a good way) lyrics talk about topics from an alien nose invasion (aka booger) to snowflakes named Bob to hair parties. The result is a collection of goofier songs than the average cutesy numbers most associated with children's music. A DVD version of the concert is also available.

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What's the story?

Recorded in Arkansas in front of an audience of more than 1,000 people, MY BEST DAY features fun songs from the zany duo of Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood. This CD explores a variety of musical styles, from acoustic folk to blues to rock & roll. But don't expect typical songs about animals at the zoo or singing the ABCs on this CD. Instead there are clever lyrics on tracks such as \"Day Care Blues\" (\"I'm sick of all these crayons, I've done these puzzles twice/I've already spent seven hours in school bein' nice!/I'm feelin' mighty bad, I don't know what I want to do/sure ain't this, y'all/I got the low-down no-fair after school day care blues\"), and the duo's self-proclaimed silliest song, \"Sailing\" (\"A pelican was talking to his gull friend/about the way the walrus made him feel/They stopped in for a drink down at the sand bar/and caught a tuna from BB Kingfish and Lou Seal\").

Is it any good?

Most of the songs will be familiar to Trout Fishing in America fans as they appear on their previous CDs, but there are two new songs, including "My Pants Fell Down," a wacky song retelling the story of a boy who goes through the day with his pants around his ankles because he forgot his belt. The artists' interaction with the audience provides many opportunities to get up and move. There's even a different twist on "Simon Says" ("Simon says raise your wrong hand/Simon doesn't know what he's talking about") that keeps the audience in stitches.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different instruments used in each song. Do you hear an accordian? A bass? A guitar? They can also dance along to their favorites by following the "call outs" in the lyrics ("Right now we would like to invite everyone to clap along/'cause that's how the song sounds best").

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