Three brilliant compilations highlight this month. It’s amazing the heights that songs collected around a theme can achieve.
Science Fair, various artists
Science Fair, which encourages science and engineering education for girls, rocks you with the first chords of opener “Surfin Minnesota” by Babe the Blue Ox. “Time Machine” blends the history-centric Deedle Deedle Dees with young IMPACT Theatre members for a positive rap message about historical scientific folks.
The Nields’ quirky harmonies in “Butterfly” and Elizabeth Mitchell’s aquatic keyboard in “Phytoplankton” surround their songs’ educational concepts. This delightful combination enhances both musical and science curricula. Best of all…kids 8+ will love it.
"I am a Scientist" by the Mates of State is one of the tracks on Science Fair
Kinder Angst, various artists
Families will love Kinder Angst despite its unfortunate title. With treasures like Deborah Harry’s guest vocals on the reggae/rap “Do It Yourself,” this punkish collection of kids’ tunes delights as it encourages self-acceptance.
“Let’s Play” and lines like “I’ll be the good and beautiful one, and you can be the ugly sister…” look realistically at the back-and-forth of friendship. “Jump Jump” blends a punk feel with bluegrass instrumentals.
“Sourpuss” tells of a “tough” girl “who’d be so pretty if you’d only smile.” “I don’t care what you think…I don’t wear blue or pink…” she responds.
Someone Else’s Shoes, various artists
Someone Else's Shoes, the latest in the Best Foot Forward series illustrates its “get along” theme with a low-key folkie sound. This is for younger ones and their grandparents, with Jamie Broza’s “Be Nice to Old People” a multigenerational standout.
Samples from Someone Else's Shoes
Kathy O’Connell is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM.