October 24, 2011

Big Bully CD Review & Giveaway~!!

Big Bully - A Best Foot Forward CD from Recess Music

For ages 4 - 11.
Label: Big Round Records
SRP: $12.99
Run time: 43 minutes.  

Recess Music, a company dedicated to helping kids value a world that is wise, fair, and generous hearted, has launched its “Best Foot Forward” series of CDs with Big Bully, an album featuring songs by such kids music luminaries as Milkshake, The Hipwaders and Renee & Jeremy.

The folks at Recess Music hope that Big Bully will help to encourage discussion among parents, children, and educators about harmony, understanding, social justice, and global peace, as well as the particular challenges caused by the unfortunate presence of intimidation and bullying behavior on our social landscape.

One could consider Recess Music’s “Best Foot Forward” series as the musical complement to a hip, up-to-date, and entirely relevant “course in manners” that reinforces a profound subtext and encourages kids to be the very best they can be. Almost all children really want to have friends and be good playmates, but to achieve these objectives they must learn key social structures and conventions, such as how to say, “I’m sorry” or how to live by the rule of “no put-downs” toward others.  Big Bully presents songs promoting these healthy, positive ideas by asking the question “Why can’t we just be friends?”  The album also provides a good antidote to the violence and bad manners that permeate so many video games and television shows.

 Big Bully opens with The Uncle Brothers’ wonderfully alliterative, two-beat country tune, ”Bully Bubba,” explaining why bullies do the things they do and providing solid, practical advice:  When you ignore them, they will go away!   In up-to-date folk style, Nancy Tucker’s “Most Valuable Player” pays tribute to doing the right thing, declaring, “No matter what the scoreboard said, that kid came out a winner.”  The Hipwaders encourage kids to develop a positive attitude to behavioral consequences with their upbeat song “Time In Time Out,” while Mary Kaye’s “Mean Ogre” features a really mean ogre singing about refusing to change. The country/rock “Me Last Attitude” by The Happy Crowd helps foster a gracious attitude that includes thinking of others first. Milkshake’s colorful, rocking “Enemies” portrays best friends who, unfortunately, sometimes act like enemies. “One and Only Me” by Janet’s Planet and “I Can Make a Difference” by J. P. Taylor & The Academics emphasize self-understanding and self-validation. The Hill Brothers have fun with “Vicious Vinnie,” a droll minor key song in praise of “talking it out” with teachers.  Susan Salidor’s lovely ukulele waltz “I’m Sorry” offers a variety of ideas for how to apologize.  More good advice for kids is given on Lyle Cogen’s rap, “No Put Downs,” and Lou Del Bianco’s “Bad Day Today.” In Leslie Bixler’s lyrical “Can You Imagine?” the focus is on empathy, with children being taken through situations where they “take a walk in someone else’s shoes.”  Glenn Colton shares more insights about bullies on “Don’t Bully Me,” singing “Bullies are like babies in disguise.”  Renee & Jeremy bring the album to a peaceful close with their mellow “Wishing Well,” a song conveying wishes of peace, love and well-being to all.

Big Bully is available online at www.recessmusic.com, amazon.com and its international affiliates, iTunes, and brick and mortar retailers throughout the U.S.

My Thoughts~!! 

The kids and I really enjoyed the music found on the Big Bully CD!!  They really enjoyed listening to "Me Last Attitude" and "Bully Bubba", we all liked the hip happening tunes that were found on the disc.  

The kids weren't as impressed with some of the more mellow songs, they like their musical to be loud and strong, but they did agree that they were nice, it just wasn't their musical tastes.  

I loved how they bee-bopped around the house to their favourites, my daughter invited a few of her friends in and they all listened or danced along!!  They played a couple of the songs over and over again, trying to get the words and actions in some form of semblance, so that they could show my husband and I later on in the evening.  They gave us an anti-bullying song and dance extravaganza, it was a joy to watch!!

I quite enjoyed the message that the CD is sharing with the children!! Bullying is a huge concern for many these days, however, I seem to feel that there are just as many adults bullying as there are children these days.  It is a horrific trend that I hope will continue to be dispelled with positive influences such as the Big Bully CD!

Now, we all wish to give you a chance to win a copy of your very own Big Bully CD to listen to and share with the wee folks in your life~!!


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