A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this soulful song can be interpreted many ways. One thing is for sure: there's nothing objectionable here to worry about. In fact, this laid-back track offers positive messages about taking responsibility for one's actions rather than pointing the finger of blame at someone or something else.
What's the story?
"YOU AND YOUR HEART" is the lead single off of Jack Johnson's fifth studio album To The Sea, which is set to debut in the summer of 2010. The song continues with Johnson's trademark folk/pop-surfer sound while featuring a more energized feel than some of his previous sentimental releases. It's a great tune for a family barbecue, beach day, or summer party.
Is it any good?
"You and your heart, shouldn't feel so far apart." That catchy chorus will be stuck in your head for days after listening to this track. And that's a good thing; it's light, jumpy, and the perfect song for warm weather and cool breezes. The video, showing Johnson surfing and frolicking in the waters off Hawaii, is the perfect visual representation for the feeling of this free-spirited song, a lyrical ride without any place special to go.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about battling stereotypes. Just because someone looks or dresses a certain way, does that make them automatically fit into a certain class or category? Can you think of a time when you let physical appearance influence your judgment of someone?
How can you be more true to yourself? Do you think the media can sometimes pressure you to try to look or feel a certain way? Do your friends also apply pressure to influence what you value or how you see yourself? What can you do to maintain your individuality and not give in to media and peer pressure?
Talk about exploring new music. This single might not be found on any of your friends' playlists, but does that mean you shouldn't give it a listen? What genres of music do you rarely listen to? Do you think if you gave a new style a chance you might like it?
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