Do you think that kids would enjoy a song about antioxidants or recyclable paper? I might have doubted it if I hadn’t witnessed a three-year-old discussing Echinacea with a cardiologist.
You’ll have to go to Target, Target.com, or Target at iTunes to pick up The SqueeGees’ September 21 release, Meet the SqueeGees. It is crammed with songs that reinforce positive messages such as eating healthy, animal rescue, and saving the planet. The SqueeGees are here to entertain children from birth to age 7, and to teach them about saving the planet, taking care of themselves, and the importance of “bein’ green” while they’re at it.
The songs are energetic and humorous (even the one about the depressed redwood tree, “Jonathon the Tree”), with a very heavy folk influence. There are plenty of easy tips to contribute to the health of the planet sprinkled throughout the songs like so much magical fairy dust.
Members of The SqueeGees are Samantha Tobey, Pierre de Reeder (from indie band Rilo Kiley), and Rich “Shaka” Sherwood. If Target is inconvenient, you can catch their act at various venues throughout the Los Angeles area.
The SqueeGees sing about such familiar and safe things as fruit and veggies, dogs and other animals, bathing, making noises, and Internet activities (that are safe with parental guidance, of course). “Making Noises” is a particularly enjoyable song for kids, as it speeds up and slows down. “Rules of the Road” is a very funny number—if I actually thought about all the complications to driving, I might never get behind the wheel. I think I’d rather keep this info in my subconscious rather than having it float around scaring me while I drive. However, it does introduce kids to the realities of the road.
“Ivan the Terrible” teaches that although someone may seem angry and cranky, they may actually be unhappy. It’s a subtle plea for understanding and acceptance. Included with the CD is a poster to color with song lyrics on the reverse side.
In all, there are 14 songs on Meet the Squeegees; clever lyrics and funny sounds invite kids to join in the fun. Hey, we can’t help it if they learn something, too. Meet the Squeegees is bound to be a hit with the preschool crowd through grade 2 and eco-friendly families everywhere.