Normally I roll my eyes and think, Sigh, I’ll pass.
But what if I told you that Leeny and Tamara have created a really fun, really catchy set of songs that actually teach us things? Of course, I do believe that all songs are educational in their own way, even nursery rhymes.
But after listening to Leeny and Tamara’s new CD, Sharing the Same Stars, I’ve found myself saying things like, “Did you know there are over five-thousand species of ladybugs? And some of them are blue!” or “Did you know that other animals can produce their own vitamin C, but humans have lost that ability and that’s why we need to eat oranges or we may get scurvy?”
Yeah, I’m a riot at parties.
Ivan loves the song Ladybug, Ladybug, Ladybu-U-Ug because it’s upbeat and you get to sing “bu-u-ug.” Your Epidermis Is Showing is about your skin, Vitamin C is about, well, how not to get scurvy, and in Across The USA they sing about every one of the fifty states.
My favorite songs are I Used To Be Shy because it’s one of those sweet catchy songs that you don’t mind having stuck in your head, and It’s Cool To Be You, a song that highlights the fact that we all have our own talents and we’re all different. Ivan is blind and can’t walk and I can’t remember ever hearing a song that actually admits that “Some wheel around in chairs; Some canâ€™t hear and some canâ€™t see.” It’s refreshing.
Leeny says the point of this song, and the whole album really, is “to convey a message of acceptance. Different is good, so just be yourself. It all starts when weâ€™re kids—learning social behavior, figuring out right from wrong. But itâ€™s also about respecting animals and the Earth, appreciating what you have and sharing. Weâ€™re all in this world together so weâ€™d better make the best of it!â€
You can learn more about Leeny and Tamara (and listen to song samples) at their site: www.LeenyAndTamara.com