Yes to Running!

 
Terrific music from a kid's point of view.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Charming stories told from a kid's point of view reinforce the idea that we're all more alike than different.

Violence & scariness

One hilarious trip to the school nurse's office involves a bloody playground accident.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bill Harley's irreverent, refreshing songs and stories are filled with themes that will be familiar and funny to school-aged kids. There's a fair amount of good-natured teasing of parents and other grown-ups.

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What's the story?

With folksy charm and warmth to spare, Bill Harley's newest CD is a two-volume collection of 10 live-in-concert recordings before an audience of enchanted kids. Equal parts singer-songwriter and storyteller, Harley delivers spoken-word riffs on subjects familiar to all school-aged kids while never forgetting to make delicious fun of their parents.

Is it any good?

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YES TO RUNNING! doesn't bother with any of the conceits so often heard on contemporary children's CDs. There's no (apparently obligatory) reggae track, no hit-you-over-the-head message of wholesome values or self-esteem. With just an acoustic guitar, a voice, and a personality, Harley heads straight for the imagination and the funny bone, while spinning a darn good yarn.

It's hard to pick a highlight because the whole album is so good, but "Mom and the Radio" has to be one of the funniest send-ups of "hip" parents ever. "The Teachers' Lounge" exposes the deep, dark mysteries that lie behind that universally-forbidden door.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about "Mom and the Radio," a story/song that describes hating the music your mom loves, then finding it stuck in your head. Can you think of a song that you can't stop singing? "Is Not Is Too" is about a brother and sister fighting -- over just about anything. Are these experiences familiar to you? What are some ways to avoid fighting with your sibling?

Music details

Artist:Bill Harley
Release date:August 12, 2008
Label:Round River Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 4 year old Written byisaiahcalvin January 8, 2010
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One of the best children's entertainers since Raffi

My children love Bill! His music is funny and light hearted!

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