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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Lindsay Munroe’s First Kids’ Album: I Am Kind Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a digital album exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was so excited to share this album with you. I listened to the songs and not only are the tunes catchy and fun to listen to, but the lyrics are words I want poured into my children. With song titles like the cover title, "I am Kind" and "Every one of us Belongs," I wanted to listen. When I heard the songs "I Can Dream" and I knew I had to share this album with you. 

When I read about Lindsay to learn more about the compassion and love of children that comes thought the songs, I discovered she has three children with autism. And I knew I had to support a fellow autism mom who is working to be the change she wants to see in the world. 

From the Troubrador Label Press Release: 

This is the first Troubadour album featuring an artist other than Raffi in decades. Munroe is a lifelong fan of Raffi’s music. In June 2019, she and her youngest daughter attended Raffi’s concert in Worcester, MA. Meeting Raffi backstage, Lindsay was delighted when he said he was a fan of her “Sing Along with Lindsay” videos on YouTube. Over time, Raffi enjoyed hearing Lindsay’s original children’s songs, inspired by her own kids, and he suggested that she record an album.  She agreed and was thrilled when Raffi offered to produce it.
Raffi suggested that Munroe’s album include children’s classics like “This Little Light of Mine” and “Frère Jacques,” as well as Raffi’s own signature tunes “The More We Get Together” and “De Colores.” Munroe’s love of traditional folk music is reflected in the tracks “Peace Like a River” and “Bluebird Bluebird.” Raffi’s familiar voice and his playing (guitar, ukulele, electric piano, bongos, and train whistle) enrich this album, and the energetic voices of Munroe’s three children add to the feeling of joining a sing-along with family and friends. Raffi says that Munroe “brings traditional songs to life with charm and a calm energy, just right for kids.”
Munroe is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, whose singalong sessions delight youngsters at libraries and preschools near her home in Massachusetts. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist and mother of three children with autism, she found inspiration in the Raffi Foundation’s online course in Child Honouring. Her songs reflect the Child Honouring principles of Respectful Love, Diversity, Caring Community, Emotional Intelligence, and Nonviolence.
Indeed, positivity and hope exude the title track “I Am Kind” and “Every One of Us Belongs.”  With her golden voice and singalong melodies, Munroe offers both inspiration and practical tools for all children, including those who are neurodiverse.

As a mom of a young adult with autism, this information wasn't new to me, but I was happy to see it being shared in the press release. 
Research shows that music can help people with autism to improve skills in areas such as communication, sensory issues, behavior, cognition, perceptual/motor skills, and self-reliance. Deeply sensitive to special needs children, Munroe speaks directly to those who may need a little encouragement. As Raffi notes, songs such as “Ok to Make Mistakes” and “Waiting Nicely” are “positive affirmations that kids can internalize for those times they might need a melodic reminder that they are indeed capable people. With the current emphasis in education on social and emotional learning and on inclusion, Lindsay’s songs are a gift to the emotional intelligence in the social and playful learning of children in their early years.”
If you'd like to see the weekly activity sheets or listen to a sampling of the new album, please visit Lindsay Munroe's website and download and listen.  
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