Wo! (Bobby Susser Songs for Children)

 
Catchy songs for families who like to sing and groove.

What parents need to know

Educational value

These songs are more an interpersonal/character education than a fact-filled, academic one. The album's liner note outline the purpose of each song, which include nurturing friendships, encouraging a positive disposition, and leading music-driven creative movement activities. 

Positive messages

"Smiling Face" encourages a positive attitude, complete with horn section: "There are times when you might stumble, and there are times when you might fall/But you can get right up, and say 'I've had enough,' when you smiling ten feet tall." Remembering to let loose is the message in "You Ought to Have Fun: "No matter what you say, no matter what you do/Working hard all day, and when you're resting too/One thing that you should know, forever and a day/Wherever you may go, whatever comes your way/You ought to have fun…."

Positive role models

Friendship and singing along are the themes of "The Wo Wo Song:" "It might sound a little funny, we're gonna have a good, good time/And you don't need to worry, sing along and you'll feel fine…." Creative movement and exercise are encouraged throughout "Let's Dance and Dance Forever:" "Let's get on up, move around/To the side, up and down/Shake it up, spin around/In place, way down…"

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wo! is a great collection of feel-good songs for families and the classroom. Some songs are about daily transitions, like waking up and going to bed, even having parties, while others encourage a positive attitude and embrace the joys of friendship, music, and movement. Song styles include early rock n' roll and R&B, reggae, and pop, and each has a sing-along or move-along section. These songs are well-written and produced, with hooky melodies and simple yet uplifting lyrics. Wo! is an ideal choice for young kids who love bouncy music, and for their parents, teachers, and older family members who enjoy upbeat, familiar-sounding songs with a positive message.

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What's the story?

Bobby Susser is a multi-award-winning songwriter, performer, and producer who has been making children's music since 1972. WO! is his 25th album and features 12 original songs in styles ranging from reggae, early rock and R&B, and pop. Three tracks feature saxophonist/singer/songwriter Paula Atherton on vocals. Wo! is the 2012 recipient of Dr. Toy's Best Audio CD Award and a Parents' Choice Award.

Is it any good?

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Wo! is one of the few kids' albums that's likely to please listeners of all ages. Many songs hearken back to styles from the '50s through '70s, so older family members and caregivers may hear familiar riffs that recall early rock n' roll and R&B girl groups.  It works well for family time, too -- it combines simple, inspiring lyrics with catchy melodies and grooves, superb vocals and harmonies, and excellent arrangements and high production quality. It's also a great choice for the classroom (preschool through third grade), with songs that promote friendship and punctuate the day. 

Standout tracks are many and include "Any Time Of Day," "The Wo Wo Song," "Smiling Face," " Let's Dance And Dance Forever," "The Music Gets Us Going," "I'm Ready To Rock n' Roll," and "Good Night."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different musical styles on this album (rock n' roll, R&B, pop, reggae). Which style or styles do you like the best and why? Do any of these styles sound familiar to your parents or grandparents?

  • Do you like moving and dancing to music? If so, which kinds?

  • Does listening to music make exercising more interesting? If so, why?

Music details

Artist:Bobby Susser
Release date:April 3, 2012
Type:Album
Label:New Hope Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent Written byBeth Hilton January 11, 2013
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Bobby Susser - Truly Songs for Children

This is a good example of appropriate music for children; don't get tricked into thinking all Disney music or kindie rock music for kids is good, positive or cute....it often isn't!
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