Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Cass McCombs and Preschool Trainer Mr. Greg Announce Youngsters’s Music Album, Share New Tune


Cass McCombs and Preschool Trainer Mr. Greg Announce Youngsters’s Music Album, Share New Tune

Mr. Greg & Cass McCombs Sing and Play New Folks Songs for Youngsters Due Out August 18 by way of Smithsonian Folkways; Hearken to “Wave a Flag for Harvey Milk” Now

Jun 21, 2023

Images by Sarah Trott

Bookmark and Share

Singer/songwriter Cass McCombs and San Francisco preschool instructor Mr. Greg (aka Greg Gardner) have introduced a brand new LP of unique kids’s music, Mr. Greg & Cass McCombs Sing and Play New Folks Songs for Youngsters, and share a video for its lead single, “Wave a Flag for Harvey Milk.” Mr. Greg & Cass McCombs Sing and Play New Folks Songs for Youngsters is due out August 18 by way of Smithsonian Folkways. Watch the video under, adopted by the album’s tracklist and canopy art work.

The pair have been influenced by Folkways classics by Ella Jenkinds, Lucinda Williams, Michael Hurley, and Woody Guthrie alongside pursuits of Gardner’s preschoolers within the creation of this album. “What they have been speaking about, what we have been studying about,” Gardner says in a press launch. “The songs have been knowledgeable by the childrens’ conversations and pursuits.”

“Each time we now have a brand new mission or we’re studying about one thing new in school, I attempt to make just a little tune about it,” Gardner provides. “I’ve observed that it’s a enjoyable technique to introduce new vocabulary, find out about new topics, and foster a constructive and musical classroom group. And as a child myself, the issues that I bear in mind most vividly are these issues that I discovered by way of tune. At that age, not everybody needs to take a seat and hearken to the instructor speak, and even hearken to a guide. However lots of youngsters are inclined to develop into engaged when there’s motion and tune and rhyme.”

“Wave a Flag for Harvey Milk” heralds Harvey Milk, the primary overtly homosexual man to be elected into public workplace in San Francisco. The tune’s lyrics go: “Harvey Milk believed in rights for all/He didn’t discriminate/He stood up for his individuals/Down by the Golden Gate/He spoke of justice, peace, and love/Issues all of us admire/And his affect is felt todayIn every state.” The video options unique drawings by Gardner and was animated by Cameron Burr.

Gardner had this to say concerning the single and its video: “Just a few years in the past I created ‘Wave a Flag for Harvey Milk’ as a sing-along coloring guide that I wrote and illustrated as a technique to introduce my college students to among the constructive issues that Harvey Milk did for San Franciscans specifically and the LGBTQ+ group at massive. Cass and the San Francisco Homosexual Males’s Refrain then added their musical magic to the tune. This yr, my college students have been overjoyed to see the illustrations from the coloring guide come to life in a rainbow of colours by the proficient animator Cameron Burr. I hope that this video conjures up kids and their grown-ups to observe Harvey’s result in make constructive modifications on the earth.”

The songs educate and spotlight vital individuals and occasions, instructing not simply kids. “Quite a lot of what’s known as kids’s music is simply people music,” McCombs says. “So I don’t see a giant distinction between kids’s music and grownup music. To me, it’s the identical.”

Learn out 2016 interview with Cass Mccombs.

Mr. Greg & Cass McCombs Sing and Play New Folks Songs for Youngsters Tracklist:

1. Little Wilma Wiggly Worm
2. Associates from All Across the World (Hi there Model)
3. J-O-B
4. Requiem for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
5. A Builder’s Obtained a Hammer and Nails
6. Every Considered one of Us
7. What’s Your Favourite Type?
8. I’m a Nocturnal Animal
9. Paper Airplane
10. My Cranium is Made Outta Bone
11. Wave a Flag for Harvey Milk
12. Issues That Go within the Recycling Bin
13. Roll Round Downtown
14. Deciduous Tree
15. We Construct a Lot of Muscle as We Train
16. The Sounds that the Letters Make
17. Who Are You?
18. Along with You
19. Oona Louise, My Good friend
20. Associates from All Across the World (Goodbye Model)

Assist Below the Radar on Patreon.

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles