Why Does Gray Matter?

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Cerebral songs with fun facts and witty wordplay for kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Great messages about "using your noodle," trying again and again.

Positive role models

"Sara Bellum" is a girl who never gives up and gets things done.


One mention of "SpongeBob SquarePants" in live recording dialogue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this all-things-brainy CD teaches your little ones a lot about that thing between their ears, and happens to incorporate smart, funny lyrics and great music at the same time. Plus, it will amuse you, which is a pleasant bonus.

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What's the story?

Who knew learning about the brain could be so entertaining? Science teachers everywhere have a reason to shout with Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner Roger Day's new WHY DOES GRAY MATTER? It's an all-things-brain adventure album that will teach kids all about the cranium, cerebellum, and even corpus callosum, in a fun and lively way. From brain freeze to monkey brain, Why Does Gray Matter? will have kids and parents rockin' out and singin' along to 14 high-energy tracks with Day's fantastic wordplay to satisfy the left brain and right brain in all of us.

Is it any good?


From start to finish, Why Does Gray Matter? is an adventure through the brain, with fun facts, witty wordplay, and upbeat music to satisfy kids' desires to be monkey brains and parents' wishes to put something educational in the CD player once in awhile. Whether contemplating the color of the brain or learning about the diabolical effects of brain freeze, little noggins everywhere will love using their noodles and their bodies when they dance along to this album. "The Left Brain/Right Brain Song" is a fun lesson in the duality of the brain, "It's a No-Brainer" teaches math, and kids will eat up a mouthful on "Brain Food." A bonus live track showcases Day's unquestionable talent for singing to children with "Shake Up Your Brain." 

Families can talk about...

  • This album is all about "using your brain." How can kids exercise their minds every day?  Is media (TV, Internet, etc.) helping or hurting kids' learning?

  • Parents want their kids to be smart and "use their brain" when it comes to many situations; school, friends, relationships, and life in the real world. How can parents teach their kids to be smart about media they use, such as the Internet (Facebook, MySpace), TV, and film?

Music details

Artist:Roger Day
Release date:January 1, 2010
Label:Roger Day Productions
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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