Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Beach CD {Review and Giveaway}

Of my three older children, my preschooler especially loves music.  She sings all the time, we must sing and dance around the house regularly, she will gladly listen to music as she falls asleep, and she begs for her songs in the car.  I don't mind to oblige, but there's only so many times I can listen to songs about wheels going round and round.  When I was asked to review Happy Beach, real music for kids, I was happy to give it a try.

"Imagine a musical trip filled with Latin rhythms, Hawaiian ukulele, bouncy pop beats, California surf-style harmonies - all without leaving home.  That is Happy Beach, Perry Springman's first children's CD."

Thankfully, there are adult musicians who understand the child's need for fun and whimsical, while also appealing to the adults in their lives as well.

Perry Springman is father to four homeschooled children, which is cool, right?  With ten previous albums under his belt, Perry Springman has collaborated with Grammy winning producer Mark Heimermann (who has worked with the likes of Michael W. Smith, dcTalk, The Newsboys, etc . . .) to produce Happy Beach.  The idea was to not just make music for his children, but also with his children.  Yes, his children are featured throughout the album, which gives it great appeal to my kiddos!  However, Springman didn't stop there.  Like I said, this is real music that everyone in the family can enjoy.

These are the songs:
  1. Chimichanga
  2. 3 Minute Cleanup
  3. Uhh Uh, No Way
  4. My Ukulele
  5. Me and Buddy
  6. Why does the World have Slivers
  7. Bouncy Bouncy
  8. Mommy and Daddy
  9. Happy Beach
  10. Sleepyhead
Not your typical alphabet or insect songs, but they have the silliness that makes kids laugh, and the realistic topics with which parents can relate.

What did we think?
I put the CD in the car, because it arrived right when we were finishing up our audio book and we needed something new to listen to on our drive to co-op that day.  Let's just say, they knew what they were doing when they put Chimichanga first!  My kids are 9, 6 and 3 and they all loved it.  My 6 year old laughed all the way the very first time we listened to the song, so now my preschooler calls it "the funny song" and asks for it every time we get in the car.  It's safe to safe that's her favorite song.  She likes the first three songs repeated, but my oldest wants to me let it play through because he does like all the songs.  I can certainly relate to everything that needs to be cleaned up during the 3 Minute Cleanup!  We even joke about doing our own three-minute clean up now!  I'll admit that my husband was a little skeptical at first, but he actually likes it too.  The songs are upbeat and catchy, and we all like to sing and hum along.

It's easy for us to listen to this CD together as a family.  Although it wasn't obvious from the titles of the songs or the cover art, the lyrics do encourage Christian values.  I wouldn't say it's specifically Christian content (it's not praise and worship for kids) but Christian content and themes are woven naturally into the songs.  I appreciate that it is clean, wholesome, fun music with no inappropriate themes or language.  It's so hard to find music that is family-friendly and entertaining for a variety of ages, but I feel like Happy Beach fits the bill.  I've kept it on our rotation for the car, which is rare for me to do with children's music.

Perry Springman's Website

Perry Springman is generously offering to do a giveaway of his Happy Beach album to two of my readers.  The giveaway is open worldwide; winners outside of the United States or Canada will be sent a digital copy.   Must be at least 18 years of age to enter.  Void where prohibited by law.  Odds are determined by the number of entries.  The winner will be selected at random, and will have 48 hours to respond to email.  If the winner cannot be verified, or does not respond within that time frame, a new winner will be selected.  The product offered is free of charge, no purchase necessary, and will be provided by Perry Springman.  Mom's Heart is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are not affiliated with this giveaway.  Any information you share will remain private.

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  1. I have a 10 year old, and it's hard to say if he would like it or not. if he doesn't, I know people who have music loving children. :)

  2. I have three boys at home, four and up.

  3. My 5 kids would all enjoy this! Thanks for sharing!