Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2016 Music
Ages: 2 - 10 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00

Charity and the JAMband is a self-described tribe of musicians from the San Francisco Bay area, lead by mother, songwriter, musician, educator Charity Kahn. Earth, their sixth album, gathers together ten songs that celebrate and offers prayers for our planet and its inhabitants. Beginning with the acoustic folk of "Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart," Kahn sings in a wistful voice reminiscent of Ani Difranco's softer songs. The album is unashamedly positive and innocent in a 60s, neo-hippie way. "Share Your Love" rocks out, but most of these tunes are more love songs to the Earth, such as (everyday should be) "Earth Day," the Quicksilver-like anthem "We Speak For The Earth," and the powerful invocation of "I Am the Earth" (and the Earth is me).

Elsewhere, "Shine" reminds one of Paul Kantner's Jefferson Airplane/Starship projects, while "Sing a Summer Song" offers praises to the mountains, valleys, sea, animals, and humans. "We Love Everyone" proposes unconditional love, compassion and respect as roads toward peace, wrapped in a catchy pop melody, while "Pebble Meditation" uses yoga breathing imagery as a path toward inner peace and planetary realization. The album ends with a sweet gentle love song of hope for children everywhere in "Little One."

Kahn states that her hope is that this music becomes the soundtrack for a generation of earth-centric and compassionate kids. In times where it is so easy to fall back on cynicism and sarcasm, Charity and the JAMband gives children songs of hope and interconnectedness.

Lahri Bond   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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