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Exercise with Punk Rock Roots

by Kathy O’Connell

CD: We’re Gonna Move: Music to Move Your Bodyby Dawn Kalin encourages physical activity in kids through creative fun with strong punk rock roots. The multi-layered quality to the production and Kalin’s low-range vocal delivery bring rocker Chrissy Hynde to mind.

“Going to the Zoo” mixes goofy animal sounds, a choir of kids and a beat reminiscent of early B-52’s. Quiet songs for cool down include “Breathe in the Life,” forcing listeners to concentrate on breathing in a way you’d expect from a label called Yoga Clubhouse.

“Bones” teaches the names of bones while encouraging movement to strengthen them. This “wiggly giggly” physical activity motivator deserves attention from community groups and classrooms as well as individuals.

CD-Coloring Book: Inventor/scientist Robbert Bobbert is the alternate, kids’ music identity of Apples in Stereo headman Robert Schneider. Introductory CD Robbert Bobbert & The Bubble Machine leans heavily on technology for a young audience comfortable with electronic music.

Enjoy this creative use of musical science to teach “Gravity.” “We R Super Heroes” is the breakout “hit” of the CD, with a nice emphasis on the superhero in regular people.

The songs maintain an intimacy that technology can’t hide. The CD comes with a coloring book so kids can add their own hues to this colorful new voice in music for kids and families. From Little Monster Records.

Book/Music: The newest project from four-time Grammy nominees Trout Fishing in America is a CD/book combo inspired by their previously-released songs.

My Name Is Chicken Joe’s mid-April release will introduce Trout characters through imaginative, fanciful drawings that fit the music perfectly. Expect high quality from this project, produced by Secret Mountain, the Canadian company responsible for 2003’s marvelous “A Duck in New York City” by Connie Kaldor.

Kathy O’Connell is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of the Peabody-award-winning Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM.