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Kids Rhythm and Rock review – Home Earth

Out just in time for Earth Day program planning, HomeEarth by Chicago duo Wendy & DB, is a real treat. The album opens with the title song “HomeEarth,” a fun introduction to the planets and the galaxy, then takes listeners to ground level where the importance of living things is explored. “Olly the Orca,” “Bugs That Give Hugs” and the joy of growing a garden and giving to others in “Plant a Seed” are all given their moment to shine in the sun.

Many of the tunes on this album could easily be incorporated into programming or storytimes. The songs “Buzzin’ Bee Be Happy” and “I Like Bees” would be great tunes to build a bee awareness program around. After sharing information about bees, attendees could make bee themed shakers then “perform” to one or both of these songs. Need to get the kids up and moving? Try “Hopscotch” which pays tribute to the classic children’s sidewalk game, or “We Bop” which instructs listeners to Take two steps hop one back/Turn it around jump off the track/and STOP We Bop. Quick tempoed, these songs will help children get the wiggles out and be ready to listen.

Also included in this collection are several songs that would work great as conversation starters in classroom or family settings. “Water Song” talks about the importance of the availability of water and digging wells around the world while the themes of diversity and acceptance are emphasized in “People are People” and “It Takes All Kinds of Trucks (Folks).” On a very basic level, “It Takes All Kinds” is a comprehensive list of the wide variety of trucks that are used throughout society and will be of great interest to those really young ones who are going through a truck phase. At a higher level, older listeners will hear the message of acceptance woven in among the trucks.

The upbeat tempos, catchy melodies and smart lyrics highlighting the importance of loving the Earth and everything on it, makes this an album that librarians, teachers and parents will all love.

Check out the review HERE.

Parent’s Choice Lahri Bond Review of Home Earth

“This album avoids the over-obvious themes for pure fun. Morgan possesses a strong jazz-inspired voice and on ͞Girl Superhero͟ is a song about female empowerment and contains some nicely rapped sections by Boggs.”

Veronica De Fazio Live review – It’s a Doo Da Day!doodadayweb-300x270

Last week we had the great privilege of hosting Wendy & DB at our library. Back in August I reviewed their album It’s a Doo Da Day for School Library Journal. The album had great empowering messages about being yourself and owning your feelings while at the same time being a lot of fun. At the time, I thought it would be a perfect album for family or classroom listening but didn’t clearly see how to use it in storytime. Then, I saw Wendy & DB perform.

Wow! That’s all I can say. Just wow! Their 45-minute performance was filled with such energy and excitement. Every song had an interactive component, most of which had the kids up and moving. The title track, “It’s a Doo Da Day” has a catchy chorus and wraps around the classic children’s tune, “You Are My Sunshine” making it the perfect way to start the show.

Once everyone was warmed up, it was full speed ahead with rocking songs like “I Love My Body” and “Pink Flamingo,” where each child was given a pink sock to use as a flamingo, then invited to act out all of the things that the flamingo does in the song. Things slowed down in the gentle “It’s Ok Being You,” which teaches children that if they are feeling blue or green or red, it’s ok. As each verse introduced a new color, the children were given scarves that color to dance with, creating a delightful rainbow of movement.

All of the songs on It’s a Doo Da Day are a joy to listen to. Wendy & DB are working on their next album, and I for one, can’t wait. Get more information about the duo, as well as listen to a couple of the songs off their album here.

Read the full review HERE.

Beverly Wrigglesworth, Children’s Librarian, San Antonio Public Library

“This is a great album that the whole family will enjoy.”

“Curiosity” may have killed the cat, but it is essential for children to learn, as they ask questions about everything, in this song on Wendy and DB’s new album. This lively and upbeat album features bluegrass, blues, folk, rock, calypso, and easy listening musical styles. Vocal performances are excellent with lovely harmonies on several songs.

Wendy, DB, and several other musicians make beautiful music on guitar, piano, organ, bass, mandolin, banjo, percussion, djembe, kete, and conga. The opening song expertly combines Wendy’s “It’s a Doo Da Day” with “You Are My Sunshine.” The other songs include “It’s OK Being You,” “Pink Flamingo,” “Walla Walla Tree,” “I Love My Body,” “Johnny Cash Cooking Song” (baking cookies), “Beautiful Day,” “One Shoe,” “Little Engine” (little engine that could), and “Shine a Light” (with an accompanying student chorus). 

Sagan – Host & producer of Radio Active Kids (103.3 Asheville FM)

“Kindie+Gospel? Wendy & DB make it sound great!”

Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, ILreviews

Things start off with the energetic celebration title song, “It’s a Doo Da Day” combined with the classic “You Are My Sunshine,” setting the tone for the wonderful mix of songs that get you up and moving and those songs that are a little quieter and more introspective.

Woven throughout are the themes of acceptance and empowerment, often with the message that you are great just the way you are and it’s okay to feel the things you feel whether it’s curiosity, anger, sadness, or joy. While the lyrics send an important message, they are never didactic. Sung by Wendy and DB sometimes as solo voices and other times as duets, and laid over melodies that feature instruments such as fiddles and banjos, each song is fun to listen to and invites you to sing along.

VERDICT:
Most of the songs are long enough for teachers to use in the classroom but short enough for children and families to enjoy. A welcome addition to every collection.–

Read the full review HERE.

Parents’ Choice Review of Award-winning
“It’s A Doo Da Day” CD.

“The good-natured bluegrass of the title track is blended with the underpinnings of the traditional “You are My Sunshine” for a polished and pleasing effect. “

Read the full review HERE.

Review from MrJeff2000

“Wendy and DB use their talents to perform dependable, happy music for kids. IT’S A DOO DA DAY will engage and entertain its younger listeners. And look – there’s even a “Pink Flamingo” song, to boot.”

Read full article HERE.

“Wendy and DB were terrific at our library! Their enthusiastic style and friendly voices had the kids jumping up and down and enjoying themselves immensely. Parents and kids were all smiles at the end of the program.”  – Laurel Shapiro, Youth Services Event Coordinator, Vernon Area Public Library

“You do such a wonderful job of getting the children and caretakers to participate… everyone was comfortable jumping right in to sing, dance and play instruments. Any venue would be lucky to have you!”  – Keren Yoshi, Wilmette Library

“Pure Fun!”  – Wilmette Beacon

“Wendy & DB are fun for the whole family. My kids can sing and dance along to ‘Pocket’s Seasons Rhymes & Reasons’ from beginning to end. And as a mom, I love that Wendy & DB’s songs have such a strong, positive message!”  – Kate Morrone, parent

“Wendy & DB’s “Pocket’s Seasons Rhymes & Reasons” is “a collection of upbeat originals… chock full of positivity.”  – Jeff Cohen, blogger for MrJeff2000

“Wendy’s music has such a positive impact on my twin toddler boys!”  – Sheri Styles, parent

“Wendy and DB provided a fun, engaging, and educational concert experience for the families in attendance. Children enjoyed participating in a variety of activities that encouraged creativity and movement.”  – Allison Bies, KidsZone Program Coordinator, Schaumburg Township District Library

“We had such a great response to the show! Wendy, DB & Dennis were an absolute delight. It was so wonderful to see how they incorporated participation in every song.” – Anne Luzeniecki, Youth Services Program Librarian, Helen Plum Library

Wendy & DB’s “Pocket’s Seasons Rhymes & Reasons” is “a collection of upbeat originals… chock full of positivity.” Full Article
– Jeff Cohen, blogger for MrJeff2000