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CJ - FUNdamentals (CD)

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Manufacturer: Suite A Records
FUNdamentals CD

"FUNdamentals" is National Educational Network's "flagship" recording for the classroom. First available in 1995, this recording was tagged with the phrase, "Songs that make the Singing-Reading Connection." This is a wonderful collection of traditional and original songs for children. CJ's playful, genre-hopping style makes all 16 of these tracks a treat for the whole family. "Hey-O" is the perfect opening track, with its optimistically sunny, "It's gonna be a good morning!" attitude. "Mr. Sun", a traditional children's song, is like "Weezer meets The Beach Boys", and will likely become the family favorite. "5 Green And Speckled Frogs" is another traditional song, with very original elements and a huge helping of Bee Gees flair! "Yellow Taxi" is an up-tempo, banjo-driven, movement song, allowing kids to "listen and do" as they imagine many kid-friendly modes of transportation. "Down By The Bay" is an easy-to-follow Reggae song. "Eency Weency Spider" is a familiar favorite with a Funk feel. "Comin' Around The Mountain" is a classroom staple, complete with the country jamboree and "chaining song" elements. "You Gotta Do", is a self-esteem building, "feel good" track that encourages kids to be comfortable with who they are. Possibly CJ's most well known song,"5 Little Monkeys", is a funky, R & B version that is so catchy for kids and adults, everyone will find themselves sassing along with the "Doctor" and his irritated comments. "Wheels On The Bus" is an old favorite done with a modern, acoustic guitar driven style. CJ resurrected the folk dance favorite, "Farmer In The Dell", and spun it with a speedy mandolin, "Doo-Wop" feel. "On Top Of Spaghetti" is a kid-friendly 50's Rock-n-Roll take on, "On Top Of Old Smokey", performed with Fats Domino style piano, sax, and guitar. "5 Little Ducks" is a groove-heavy, tragic tale about "Mama Duck" losing track of her baby ducks as they wonder off to play...though it ends happily. "The More We Get Together" is a uniting sing-song track that sounds like it could have been produced by Paul Simon and Bobby McFerrin. The ambient, spaced out, "Aikendrum" is a slow, electronic song about a "Man who lived in the moon". Finally, the recording ends on a positive note with the uplifting and inspirational, "This Little Light Of Mine". "FUNdamentals" is as entertaining as it is engaging, and is sure to become a modern children's classic.

Click on a song to hear a song sample!

noteHey-O note5 Little Monkeys
noteMr. Sun noteWheels On The Bus
note5 Green And Speckled Frogs noteFarmer In The Dell
noteYellow Taxi noteOn Top Of Spaghetti
noteDown By The Bay note5 Little Ducks
noteEency Weency Spider noteThe More We Get Together
noteComin' Around The Mountain noteAikendrum
noteYou Gotta Do noteThis Little Light Of Mine

Parent's Choice Award

"A Parent's Choice Approved 2006 winner!"
A sunny mix of original and traditional songs set to an exuberant pop beat, with a hint of 1980s alt-rock. Singer-songwriter CJ's arrangements of evergreens such as “Down By the Bay” and “Wheels on the Bus” are engaging and fresh, but he earns highest marks for his too-few, but irresistible original tunes, “Hey-O,” “Yellow Tax” and “You Gotta Do.”

Lynne Heffley ©2006 Parents' Choice

Also available in FUNdamentals KIT.

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