Recently I acquired two CDs with children's music, Songs About Me and More Songs About Me on New Jersey-based label Kimbo Educational. (Don't ask me why, it is a long story involving a fellow ex-DJ at WCBN and the sex life of the platypus.) The liner notes have this to say about the man behind these 1974 recordings: "William C. Janiak, Registered Music Therapist, has the distinction of not only being a highly skilled, creative and recognized composer and lyricist of materials for training the handicapped, but he is also a published author, musician, educator and outstanding demonstrator of his teaching concepts." He is indeed a skilled and versatile composer and musician, here is the proof in form of four mp3s:
Do You Like Foods: Do You Like Meat? | Do You Like Foods: Do You Like Fruits? | Do You Like Foods: Do You Like Vegetables? | Do You Like Foods: Do You Like Desserts?
The liner notes have detailed instructions how to use these songs with children, e.g. they are allowed to say "No, I don't" instead of "Yes, I do". For the dessert song it also has a list of possible discussion topics: different kinds of pies, cookies, ice cream flavors, brand names, TV commercials, desserts as snacks.
Here are my instructions for the readers of this blog:
- Listen to all four songs in a row without interruption. Do you notice any similarities? Are you going insane?
- Keeping in mind that this was released in New Jersey, listen to all versions of the New Jersey state song.
- Please tell me what's wrong with New Jersey.