Kathy Calahan | Brighten Up!

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Brighten Up!

by Kathy Calahan

Allow this collection of danceable, fully orchestrated, all-original tunes to convey the basics of good behavior and new skills to your child through joy rather than struggle--it's a happy way to learn, and fun for the whole family!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Potty Dance
3:05 $1.00
2. Express Myself
2:28 $1.00
3. The Why Word
2:31 $1.00
4. Patience
2:10 $1.00
5. Put Your Heinie On the Seat
1:50 $1.00
6. Don't Push People
1:08 $1.00
7. Share Share Share
1:48 $1.00
8. The Number Song
2:35 $1.00
9. Taking Turns
1:29 $1.00
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Having spent many years (in between my work as a Broadway performer) being a nanny to numerous children, from the unusually precocious to those experiencing the frustrating developmental challenges of autism, I wrote these songs to offer kids (2 to 5) the opportunity to learn the basics of good behavior and new skills through joy rather than struggle. These tunes offer sounds that will delight, soothe, and call them naturally to listen to and really hear the message; they have catchy refrains that inspire kids to sing and dance along, and encourage sharp listening by layering multiple elements of meaning and humor. For the adults, I've added sophistication and depth to the songs by including multiple live instrumental performances--and even occasional tap dancing--on each track so that you won't want to pull your hair out when your child wants to play each one over and over and over and...! In fact, you may even be transported to happy memories of your own childhood, giving you license to be a little goofy as you enjoy the experience right along with them. The musical styles include jazz, pop, country, folk, samba, Caribbean, and even the sounds of a New Orleans street band. Music has tremendous power to communicate in a way that will really take hold while soothing, entertaining, and inspiring. May this album brighten your household's moods and your family's future!

"I love this CD!! I work with preschoolers who have mild to moderate delays and need encouragement to perform many basic tasks. Families of these children are especially prone to frustration and feelings of discouragement on a daily basis. The songs in Brighten Up! are so uplifting and fun that it reminds parents to breathe, sing, and enjoy where their children are despite daily struggles. I can't wait to share this with more families!" Sally Zarcone, Special Education Teacher and Consultant.

"This music can take any tough moment with kids and turn it into heavenly fun! The songs address all kinds of topics that challenge both kids and their parents. It teaches us all about overcoming these challenges while making us all want to sing and dance at the same time. 'Brighten Up!' is a real example of the saying that 'music calms the savage beast.' " Lili Miloszewicz, mother of two.

Kathy Calahan- vocals, piano, guitar, percussion, tap shoes
Ayodele Maakheru- guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele
Brian Woodruff- drums
Clyde Bullard- bass guitar
Recorded by Chip Fabrizi at P.P. I Recording Studios



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Wendy Frado

I love that this album encompasses all different styles of music, and includes a whole bunch of real live musical instruments. There's so much to listen to, in a good way, and the messages are funny and helpful. It makes us want to dance around. The adults won't hate it. The kids will learn. Good times will be had by all.

Kathy Eliscu

Bring It On
Brighten Up! is so charming, it made me wish I still had young children. It's a delightful and refreshing batch of songs that make even the most trivial child's tasks and experiences into a party. HIGHLY recommend!

Lili Miloszewicz

I love it!!!
The moment I put this music on, it is instant happiness for my kids- and me! My kids will go from whining about something or fighting over a toy to suddenly dancing, singing, and playing toy instruments along with it. Then, we happily quote the songs as we deal with the everyday struggles like sharing, going to the potty, and sitting while eating. I can't help but feel like it's magical...and I particularly enjoy the variety of musical styles! It's so much fun!